South Korean F&B firms strike it big as EU accepts local bakery, confectionery and processed dairy goods

Will Kreznick

According to South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) Director Kim Kang-rip, ‘complex foods’ containing processed milk, eggs and honey can now be exported to all 27 countries in the EU from Greece to Spain to Sweden. “Complex foods are food products made by mixing vegetable ingredients with […]

According to South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) Director Kim Kang-rip, ‘complex foods’ containing processed milk, eggs and honey can now be exported to all 27 countries in the EU from Greece to Spain to Sweden.

“Complex foods are food products made by mixing vegetable ingredients with animal products (milk, eggs, honey, meat) from EU-approved countries – these include [many South Korean specialty products such as] bread, sweets, dumplings, beverages, kimchi, ramen, noodles, and sauces,”​ Kim said in a formal statement.

“So far, it has been difficult to export these complex foods containing processed milk, eggs, and honey because they do not meet the strict EU import requirements for livestock hygiene and food safety, [but after] various diplomatic efforts and continuous export negotiations with the EU, Korea has now been added to the approved list for such foods.”

The main beneficiaries of this new export market will be food and beverage firms which have thus far been restricted in export activities to the EU due to the former restrictions, particularly those manufacturing bakery, confectionary and processed dairy beverages.

Some examples of complex food and beverage products which are now permitted for EU export include bakery containing milk, eggs and/or honey, such as custards by Orion or Lotte; confectionary made with milk, eggs and/or honey such as Chocolate Chip Cookies by Lotte, Honey Butter Chips by Haitai or Honey Twist by Nongshim; and beverages containing milk and/or honey such as Milkis by Lotte and Morning Sunshine rice drink by Woongjin.

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