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Korea Food Products For The Fijian Market

The food tasting fair, held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, featured an array of popular Korean products and dishes.
27 Aug 2020 13:21
Korea Food Products For The Fijian Market
Range of Korean products that was displayed at the 2020 Korea Agro-Fisheries Food Fair and Tasting event at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on August 26, 2020. Photo: Jennis Naidu

Korean food which are known for its health benefits have the potential by meeting a grown demand in the Pacific.

These were the sentiments shared by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Fiji, Shin-hee CHO at the 2020 Korea Agro- Fisheries Food Fair and Tasting event yesterday.

Food tasting fair

The food tasting fair, held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, featured an array of popular Korean products and dishes.

The embassy organised tasting events across various supermarkets in Suva leading up to this event.

Ambassador Shin-hee CHO hoped the food fair would contribute in raising awareness on a range of Korean food products for the Fijian market.

“Considering the increasing interests in health and well-being in the Pacific region, I believe Korean food which is known for its health benefits could create good demands in the future,” she said.

“With growing popularity of the K-POP and Korean trends around the world, Korean foods’ export is also increasing.”

Ambassador Shin-hee CHO said that there are only limited products available in Fiji.

Korean Ambassador to Fiji Shin-hee CHO dishes a plate of Korean dishes at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on August 26, 2020.

Korean Ambassador to Fiji Shin-hee CHO dishes a plate of Korean dishes at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on August 26, 2020. Photo: Jennis Naidu

“In Fiji, Korean food does not receive enough attention compared to the other countries,” she said.

Supply chain

The CJ Patel Group’s Head of Supply Chain, Jashvind Sharma said there were potential and demands for Korean products due to the increasing number of health benefits that the cuisine offers.

Mr Sharma said that over the years, the market of Korean food and outlets have developed unlike before.

Range of Korean products that was displayed at the 2020 Korea Agro-Fisheries Food Fair and Tasting event at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on August 26, 2020. Photo: Jennis Naidu

Range of Korean products that was displayed at the 2020 Korea Agro-Fisheries Food Fair and Tasting event at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on August 26, 2020. Photo: Jennis Naidu

“The demand for Korean food is there, you see a number of restaurants and outlets opening in the country compared to only a few years back,” Mr Sharma said.

Head of Supply at CJ Patel Group, Jashvind Sharma sharing his love of Korean food at the food tasting fair.

Head of Supply at CJ Patel Group, Jashvind Sharma sharing his love of Korean food at the food tasting fair. Photo: Jennis Naidu

“It was hard to find these ingredients in the market, and over the last three to five years it has sort of exploded.

An array of dishes for the participants, cooked with the Korean products displayed at food tasting fair.

An array of dishes for the participants, cooked with the Korean products displayed at food tasting fair.

“You will see many traders are carrying these products, and this is an indication of how these Korean dishes, especially the noodles, have left a footprint in the country.”

feedback: jennis.naidu@fijisun.com.fj


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