Fact Sheet

How to successfully conquer the South Korean food market

Market information, tips, contacts

Demand for imported foodstuffs in South Korea is booming. Which Swiss products are in particular demand? How does food import work and which regulations must be observed? Learn more about this and discover many more helpful pieces of information and tips in our fact sheet.

South Korean consumers' demand for diverse and high-quality food products is increasing. Swiss food manufacturers can benefit from this.
South Korean consumers' demand for diverse and high-quality food products is increasing. Swiss food manufacturers can benefit from this.

In 2018, South Korea imported 68.85 million Swiss francs’ worth of foodstuffs from Switzerland – 30 percent more than in the previous year. The figures are impressive: The South Korean market for imported Swiss foodstuffs is booming.

Diversity and quality in high demand

Einerseits hängt dies mit der eigenen südkoreanischen Lebensmittelindustrie zusammen: Diese kann gerade mal die Hälfte des Lebensmittelbedarfs der eigenen Bevölkerung abdecken. Andererseits hat der steigende Wohlstand im einstigen Entwicklungsland und heutigen Industriestaat dazu geführt, dass die südkoreanischen Verbraucher immer mehr qualitativ hochwertige und vielfältige Lebensmittel nachfragen – insbesondere auch aus dem Ausland.

What you learn in the fact sheet

The fact sheet, which can be downloaded below, is intended to provide Swiss exporters interested in the South Korean food market with a basis for decision-making. More specifically, the fact sheet covers the following topics: 

  • An overview of the South Korean food market incl. consumer trends
  • The Swiss products with the best market opportunities
  • An overview of how the import process works
  • An overview of the most important regulations and rules
  • An overview of the most important international food fairs in South Korea in 2019
  • The most important tips for Swiss exporters

Do you have questions?

Do you have questions about the South Korean food market? Or would you like a country expert to help you examine your business opportunities with no obligation? Sign up for a free consultation session and discuss your export project with Jacqueline Tschumi, our Senior Consultant for South Korea. Get in touch now!

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