Sales of Nongshim’s ramyeon products posted 2.09 trillion won ($1.85 billion) in 2020, up 16.3 percent compared to the previous year.
According to Korea Customs Service, exports of ramyeon between January and November jumped up 28.4 percent compared to the same period a year earlier to $549.7 million.
For the first time in four years, Koreans are consuming more ramyeon than beer.
Despite the coronavirus outbreak dealing a heavy blow to Korea’s exports, shipments of food have gone from strength to strength — particularly ramyeon and kimchi.
A pair of young siblings from Incheon set their house on fire after trying to cook themselves a bowl of ramyeon, or instant noodles, and both remain unconscious in the hospital over a week later.
Exports of kimchi and ramyeon posted double-digit growth in the February-May period from a year earlier on increased online purchases amid the new coronavirus outbreak, data showed Thursday.
While many industries are reeling amid global lockdowns and plunging consumer demand, Korea's food industry is having a banner year. Food companies are reporting on-year increases for the first quarter, with some firms pushing to all-time records.