Aug 2, 2017
South Korea's largest discount chain operator, on Aug. 2, 2017, shows a watermelon slice packaged in small containers for single- or two-person households. (Yonhap)
The sales of small-sized food products jumped in the first half of this year on rising demands from one-person households, industry data showed Wednesday.
According to E-Mart Inc., South Korea's largest discount chain operator, sales of small fruit containers rose 71.9 percent on-year in the January-July period.
Auction, a leading online marketplace, said the sales of mini watermelons, about one-fourth the size of a whole watermelon, surged 1,969 percent on-year during the same period.
Sales of rice packages weighing 5 kilograms or less increased 32 percent, the online shopping mall said. The staple grain for Koreans usually had been sold in much larger packages.
South Korea's largest discount chain operator, on Aug. 2, 2017, shows slices of raw fish packaged in small containers for single- or two-person households. (Yonhap)
The surging consumption of small-sized food products is largely attributed to the rapid increase in the number of one-person households in the country.
According to government data, the number of single-member households came to 5.28 million last year, accounting for 27.8 percent of all household types.