Growing South Korean salmon sales boost imports, ramping up demand for new products

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South Korean food companies are fast releasing new food stuffs to meet the nation’s growing appetite for salmon.

According to the business site Pulsenews, South Korea’s largest largest fishing company, Dongwon Industries Co. is releasing new smoked salmon to retail stores across the nation this month to meet demand.

Last year, salmon sales grew in the country grew by 15.2 percent according to the South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. Imports this year are expected to exceed 30,000 tons. The number has increased by 15 times since 1997 compared to when imports where at 2000 tons.

Shinsegae Food Inc imports salmon from companies like Leroy. It’s restaurant chain Bonobono is introducing new products to the South Korean market PHOTO: Visit Seoul

An official from the company told the site it was distributing six Norwegian fresh salmon products and three roasted products.

Korean food importer, Shinsegae Food Inc, also announced that it will add salmon home meal replacement products such as salmon salad and sushi to its range. It recently launched four types of salmon steak jointly developed with Norwegian producers, Leroy.

The company runs seafood restaurant chain Bonobono and launched the Bonobono Salmon Slice last year.