2019년 1월 15일 화요일

Korea Dominated Tofu Market of USA,Country of High Meat Consumption

Pulmuone USA's sales of tofu business last year was $ 88 million (about 98.8 billion won), up 11.1% from the previous year.
Pulmuone is the number one firm with 73.8% market share in the American tofu market. This is because tofu is becoming popular because the trend of consuming vegetable protein to replace meat is spreading in USA.
Among plant proteins, preference for tofu is high in USA.


Pulmuone USA acquired the US tofu brand 'Nasoya' in 2016 and continued to develop tofu products to suit local taste.
At the Los Angeles Global Soybean Research and Development Center, Pulmuone launched 20 new varieties of tofus including hard tofu, spice tofu to suit local tastes and preferences.


Pulmuone, which entered the US market in 1991, initially sold tofu at the Asian supermarket to mainly Korean and Asian consumer. However, over the past few years, US local markets sales have increased by 80%.




The company developed tofu products in accordance with the 5 ° C standard (based on 10 ° C in Korea) for refrigerated distribution in the United States and increased the distribution period to 60 days, four times the Korean standard. Pulmuone USA CEO Cho Gyu-soo said, "With continued investment in research and development and new product launches, we will increase sales of tofu by 12.3% this year and exceed 100 billion won."

The global tofu market is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 4.05% until 2023, according to a report released last year by US market research agency Research and Market.
Research and Market picked US's Hain Celestial, Japan's Morinaga and House Food as core company in the global tofu market along with Korea's Pulmuone.
Another market research firm, Market and Market, predicted that the global tofu market would grow to $ 2.7 billion in 2023.



Resurrection of Pantech's SKY brand in Korea


Pantech SKY brand will be revived in three years since last launch whice was June 2016.

On January 13, employees at the Incheon SKY Service Center are showing prototypes of wireless earphone, 6-inch smartphones'Sky One' and Sky Folder Phone that will be launched in the first half of this year.

It will be distributed by self-subscription service, and the company is also trying to supply to three mobile telecom operators. The price for smartphones is expected to range from 200,000 won to 300,000 won while the price of folder phones is expected to be around 100,000 won.



2018년 12월 14일 금요일

South Korea's longest-used app November 2018


YouTube turned out to be the longest used app in all generations, from teenagers to over 50s.

On November 11, according to Wiseapp which analyzed Korean Android smartphone users app usage by age groups, the total usage time of Youtube apps of all generation was 31.7 billion minutes in November.
The teenager used longest amount of time with Youtube with 8.6 billion minutes, followed by the 50's with 7.9 billion min.

Following YouTube, KakaoTalk, Naver, Facebook, T phone, etc. have been ranked in long-used apps.

Teenagers spent about 3.7 times more time on Youtube than KakaoTalk (2.3 billion minutes) which ranked second with 86.6 billion minutes during the month of November.

50's or oldr age groups used YouTube app for longer than 20s, 30s, and 40s.
20's watched 6.4 billion min, 30's 4.6 billion, and 40's 4.2 billion.

KakaoTalk which ranked second most usage app, 50's used it for the longest time(5.5 billion minutes) and teenagers only spent 2.3 billion minutes. Total usage time was 19.7 billion minutes, 34% less than YouTube.

The survey was conducted through a sample survey of 23,000 Android smartphone users across the country during the past month, by the app analysis company Wise App.

2018년 11월 26일 월요일

The west gate (yeongchumun) of Gyeongbokgung palace is finally open for visitors on December 6



Yeongchumun,the west gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace will be opened to public for the first time in 43 years.

The Gyeongbok Palace Officer of the Cultural Heritage Administration (Woo Kyung-joon) announced that the west gate of Gyeongbok Palace will be fully open from December 6th.
It is to enhance the convenience of visitors to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Seochon area.

Yeongchumun was rebuilt in 1592 when the Gyeongbok Palace was destroyed by fire during the 1592 Imperial Japan War, and was rebuilt by Dae Won-kun.
In 1926, during the Japanese colonial period, the railway line was laid, and the surrounding masonry collapsed and was demolished. It was restored to its current shape in 1975.

Currently, there are three gates in Gyeongbok Palace including Gwanghwamun in the south, Shinmunmun in the north, and the entrance to the National Folk Museum in the east.
It will now be able to enter and exit from all direction, the East, West, South, North gate of Gyeongbokgung
The entrance time and admission fee (3,000 won) are the same as other entrance gates of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

On the opening day, December 6, at 11 am, 'Yeongchumun opening ceremony' will be held and the entrance to Gyeongbok Palace is free on this day.


The west gate of  Gyeongbokgung palace in early 1900


2018년 11월 6일 화요일

Robot Taekwon V in the Cheonggyecheon stream of Seoul 2018


A day before the opening of the '2018 Seoul Light Lantern Festival' in the Cheonggyecheon Mo jeon gyo Bridge, Seoul, a Robot Taekwon V (South Korea's favorite robot from classic animated film) shaped sculpture is illuminating.
The festival which with a light of 1.2km from Cheonggye Square to Sujeong Bridge with the theme of 'Dream of Seoul, flowing with light' will be held from the Nov 2nd to the 18th.