South Korea's exports of kimchi climbed almost 14 percent in the first eight months of 2021.
According to the Korea Customs Service and the local food industry on Tuesday, outbound shipments of kimchi in the period from January to August stood at about 111 million U.S. dollars.
The rise follows growing consumer demand for immunity boosting foods as well as a rising interest in K-food.
Imports of kimchi fell nearly 10 percent on-year to around 86 million dollars, resulting in a trade surplus of 25 million dollars.
If current trends continue, the country is expected to post an overall trade surplus for the national dish this year for the first time in 12 years.