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Deals Forged with Water Bottlers to Supply Label-free Products to Gov’t Offices

Deals Forged with Water Bottlers to Supply Label-free Products to Gov’t Offices

SEOUL, Sept. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — The environment ministry said Thursday it has forged agreements with water bottling companies across the country to supply label-free water products to local government offices and transportation service providers. The deals call on nationwide water companies to provide label-free water products to six metropolitan city government offices and 22 [...]

Liquor Vending Machines Aim to Quench Market’s Thirst amid Pandemic, Deregulation Drive

Liquor Vending Machines Aim to Quench Market’s Thirst amid Pandemic, Deregulation Drive

SEOUL, July 30 (Korea Bizwire) – Gulping a can of beer alone after a grueling night shift has been a monthslong ritual for Kim Jae-yeon, a nurse at a general hospital in Seoul, since her favorite watering hole shut down amid the pandemic and the hospital she works at told medical staff to avoid gatherings. [...]

Food Delivery Apps Step Up to Fix Controversial Star Rating Systems

Food Delivery Apps Step Up to Fix Controversial Star Rating Systems

SEOUL, July 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Delivery apps and restaurant search platforms are stepping up to revise reviews and star rating systems, in response to numerous restaurants struggling with malicious reviews and absurdly low star ratings. Last week, major food delivery platform Coupang Eats introduced a new feature that allows restaurants to reply to customer [...]

European Bread Gains Popularity Among S. Koreans, While Korean Bread Goes Viral Among Americans and Europeans

European Bread Gains Popularity Among S. Koreans, While Korean Bread Goes Viral Among Americans and Europeans

SEOUL, June 18 (Korea Bizwire) — An increasing number of Americans and Europeans are buying sweet-flavored Korean bread for snacks, while Koreans are buying European bread to eat with meals. This is the result of a changing landscape in South Korea’s food culture, led by South Korean bakeries in foreign markets as well as the [...]

S. Korean Insects Industry Grows 2 pct in 2020

S. Korean Insects Industry Grows 2 pct in 2020

SEOUL, June 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s insects industry grew 2 percent in 2020 from a year earlier, data showed Sunday, amid growing popularity of insects-based foodstuffs. The combined sales of local insect-related companies reached 41.4 billion won (US$37.1 million) in 2020, up from 40.5 billion won a year earlier, according to the data [...]

McDonald’s BTS Meal Goes on Sale in S. Korea, U.S., Other Countries

McDonald’s BTS Meal Goes on Sale in S. Korea, U.S., Other Countries

SEOUL, May 27 (Korea Bizwire) — McDonald’s celebrity collaboration with K-pop supergroup BTS went on sale in South Korea, the United States and 10 other nations, the U.S. fast food giant said Thursday. The “BTS meal” includes a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, medium fries and Coke as well as two new dipping sauces — sweet chili [...]

Starbucks Korea Enjoys 78 pct Rise in Q1 Earnings Despite Pandemic

Starbucks Korea Enjoys 78 pct Rise in Q1 Earnings Despite Pandemic

SEOUL, May 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Starbucks Korea on Thursday reported a 78 percent on-year jump in its first-quarter net profit, citing strong demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company’s net profit reached 33.6 billion won (US$29.7 million) in the January-March period, up 77.8 percent from a year earlier, according to quarterly earnings reports released [...]