South Korea's exports of kimchi, the staple pickled cabbage dish, rose almost 14 percent in the first eight months of this year.
According to the Korea Customs Service and data from the food industry, outbound shipments of kimchi as of August came to about 1-hundred-eleven million U.S. dollars.
They say there's growing demand around the world for foods like kimchi that are thought to boost the immune system and an increasing interest in Korean food in general.
Korea imported ten percent less kimchi during the period at around 86 million dollars' worth, resulting in a kimchi trade surplus of 25 million dollars.
If the trend holds, this would be the first annual surplus in 12 years.