South Korea Food Service Market Value - By Type (Full-service Restaurants, Quick-service Restaurants, Street Stalls and Kiosks, Cafes and Bars) By Structure (Independent Consumer Foodservice, Chained Consumer Foodservice) By Sector (Commercial, Non-Commercial), By Industry Analysis, Statistics, Share & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

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  • Published date: June, 2023  |  
  • Report Format: PDF

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MVI Statistics and Viewpoints: 

  • South Korea Food Service Market size exceeded USD 82.3 Billion in 2022.
  • The market is expected to observe at a CAGR of over 4.4% from 2023 to 2032. 
  • By the end of the forecast period, the industry is anticipated to reach USD 124.4 Billion

The South Korea food service industry is a vibrant and dynamic sector that continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing demands and preferences of Korean consumers, offering a wide range of culinary experiences and contributing to the country's thriving food culture. 

Food Service Market

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Market Overview:

South Korea has a rich culinary heritage, and its food service market reflects a diverse range of offerings, from traditional Korean cuisine to international flavors. Korean consumers are known for their discerning taste and high expectations when it comes to food quality, presentation, and service. As a result, the food service industry in South Korea is highly competitive and constantly evolving to meet customer demands. 

The South Korea food service market refers to the industry that encompasses the preparation, sale, and delivery of food and beverages in various commercial establishments such as restaurants, cafes, fast food chains, and catering services within the South Korean market. This dynamic market has experienced significant growth and transformation over the years, driven by changing consumer preferences, urbanization, and a strong food culture. 

With the rise of digital technology and the penetration of smartphones, online food delivery services have become a major driver of growth in the South Korean market. Leading food delivery platforms have revolutionized the industry, offering a wide selection of cuisines and seamless ordering experiences.

South Korea Food Service Market Value Insights

Report Coverage


Base Year


Market Size in 2022

USD 82.2 Billion

Forecast Period

2023 to 2032

CAGR (2023 to 2032)


Forecast Year Value, 2032

USD 124.4 Billion

Historical Data for

2019 to 2022

Segment Covered

Type, Structure, Sector

Companies Covered

  • Balwoo Gongyang
  • SPC Group
  • Genesis BBQ Group
  • Lotte Group
  • and more.  


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Growth Drivers:


  • Changing Consumer Preferences: South Korean consumers are increasingly seeking convenience, quality, and unique dining experiences. They are open to trying new cuisines and flavors, both traditional and international. This drive for variety and novelty has led to the proliferation of diverse dining options and a vibrant food culture in the country.
  • Rising Disposable Income: The growth of the South Korean economy and rising disposable income levels have had a positive impact on the food service market. Consumers now have more discretionary spending power, enabling them to dine out more frequently and explore a wide range of dining experiences. This has led to increased demand for premium and fine dining establishments.
  • Tourism and Globalization: South Korea's growing tourism industry has contributed to the expansion of the food service market. Visitors from around the world seek to experience authentic Korean cuisine and explore local food scenes. This has led to the emergence of restaurants and food establishments catering specifically to tourists, promoting cultural exchange and culinary diversity.


  • Regulatory and Compliance Requirements: The South Korean food service market is subject to strict regulations and compliance standards to ensure food safety and hygiene. Businesses must adhere to these requirements, which can involve complex procedures and rigorous inspections. Non-compliance can lead to penalties and reputational damage, adding to the operational challenges for food service providers.
  • Fluctuating Food Costs: The volatility of food prices can impact the profitability of food service establishments. Fluctuations in the cost of ingredients, especially for imported items, can disrupt pricing strategies and profit margins. Businesses need to closely monitor and manage their supply chains to mitigate the impact of price fluctuations.

By Type Analysis:  

Food Service Market Size

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The South Korea Food Service Market is divided into quick-service restaurants, full-service restaurants, street stalls and kiosks, cafes and bars, and others. Among these segments, the quick-service restaurant segment is expected to hold the largest share of the South Korea market during the study period. This is primarily due to its convenience, affordability, and ability to cater to the fast-paced lifestyles of South Korean consumers. The popularity of fast-food chains, both domestic and international, has contributed to the dominance of the quick-service restaurant segment in the market.  

By Structure Analysis:

The South Korea Food Service Market is classified by structure into independent consumer foodservice, chained consumer foodservice. Among these segments, the chained consumer foodservice segment is expected to hold the largest share of the South Korea market during the study period. This is primarily due to the extensive presence of fast-food chains, coffee shop chains, and international restaurant brands in the country. The popularity of these chains, known for their convenience, affordability, and consistent quality, has contributed to their dominance in the market. Chained foodservice establishments have been successful in catering to the fast-paced lifestyles of South Korean consumers and leveraging their brand recognition to attract a large customer base.

Key Development:

  • In January 2022, Burger King South Korea introduced "Angry Truffle Whopper" that reflects domestic consumer preferences. The new menu represents the beginning of the company's plans to aggressively launch a new menu.

Top companies includes in the South Korea food service market:

  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Starbucks Corp.
  • McDonald's Corp.
  • Balwoo Gongyang
  • SPC Group
  • Genesis BBQ Group
  • Lotte Group
  • Yum! Brands Inc.
  • Restaurant Brands International Inc.
  • Others

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In-depth analysis of South Korea food service market along with industry coverage and forecasting for the following segments:

Market Size, By Type

  • Full-service Restaurants
  • Quick-service Restaurants
  • Street Stalls and Kiosks
  • Cafes and Bars
  • Others

Market Size, By Structure

  • Independent Consumer Foodservice
  • Chained Consumer Foodservice

Market Size, By Sector 

  • Commercial
  • Non-Commercial

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