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Wine, whiskey imports suffer at hands of makgeolli

Jan 18,2010
Imports of Western wine and whiskey dropped by an average of 15 percent in Korea last year, as sales of traditional rice wine surged amid the economic downturn, a state report said yesterday.

Imports of Western wine shrank 21.1 percent in 2009 in the first decrease in 10 years, while imports of whiskey decreased 8.9 percent, according to the report by the Korea Customs Service. Exports of the Korean wine makgeolli, meanwhile, surged 35.7 percent last year from the previous year, the report showed, mainly due to strong demand from Japan.




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