South Korea’s Frozen Fruit Imports Reach Record High in 2023

SEOUL, South Korea - Imports of frozen fruit into South Korea surged to a new record in 2023, driven by increased consumer demand amid rising prices for fresh produce.

According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea imported 64,000 tons of frozen fruit products in 2023, marking a 6 percent increase from the previous year. The report highlighted that the spike in domestic fruit prices, attributed to decreased supply, has made frozen fruits a more attractive option for consumers looking for affordable alternatives. The institute's report comes against the backdrop of a 3.1 percent year-on-year increase in prices for agricultural, livestock, and fishery products, with significant price jumps observed in apples and tangerines. A survey of 500 consumers conducted by the institute in December found that 38 percent purchased frozen fruit due to its ease of preservation, while 22 percent cited the cost-effectiveness of frozen products compared to fresh ones. Frozen blueberries and mangoes emerged as the top choices among respondents.

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