Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation held the first ever Korean Food Fair in Los Angeles on October 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency-LA Downtown Hotel, showcasing Korean foods and providing business consultations. The organization designed the fair to provide current and prospective Korean well-being food consumers with an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and connections to strengthen Korean food exportation.
29 major food companies from Korea represented five different categories of Korean food: General Food, Fresh Food, Healthy Food, Beverage, and Sauce & Traditional Food. The 2-day trade show also held ‘B2B’ consultations, providing buyers from the U.S., Canada, and South America to meet with export representatives from major Korean food companies.
From 2011-2013, the top vegetables & fruits exported from Korea to the U.S. included kimchi, ginseng, vegetable seeds, tomatoes, pear, honey citron tea, Mandarin orange and chestnuts.
From 2011-2013, the top seafoods exported from Korea to the U.S. included tuna, mackerel, halibut, squid, oysters, seaweed/laver, sea mustard, sea cucumber and crab meat.
Two prominent chefs, Mr. Bernard Guillas and Ms. Cathlyn Choi, appeared in a panel discussion at the Korean Food Fair that focused on sharing the knowledge and experience of Korean foods.
Organizers provided Korean fermented foods and organic products to all attending media correspondents on the opening day of the 2013 Korean Food Fair in Los Angeles.