[Chosun Ilbo] Beyond Asia's No. 1 spot, now aiming for No. 1 spot in the global beverage market

21 May 2021

OKF's Andong plant is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that can produce 8 million bottles of beverages a day and 3 billion bottles a year. / Provided by OKF


OKF exports more than 1,000 kinds of drinks to 180 countries.

It has the world's largest multi-beverage plant with an annual production capacity of 3 billion bottles.

It is a representative global company that entered overseas markets first and achieved great success.

OKF, which has been aiming to enter overseas markets since its foundation in 1990, has achieved its first success in entering Walmart in the U.S.

Currently, it has grown into a leading "K-Food" company leading the global beverage market off "additive-free and colour-free."


Chairman Lee Sangshin.


◇ The driving force behind the global beverage market, "large-scale production facilities."

In the early 1990s, food exports were barely existent in Korea. At that time, OKF was one of the only few Korean companies to enter overseas markets.

Sang-shin Lee, the head of OKF, introduced citron tea and seaweed to buyers at that time.

Chairman Lee, who has consistently shown the potential of OKF overseas, was asked by Walmart buyer in the U.S. in 2015 to deliver drinks to 8,400 stores. However, he missed golden opportunity due to lack of production capacity. After this incident, Chairman Lee put all his energy into expanding the plant.

As a result, a perfect production lineup from the plant No.1 in 2010 to the completion of the Plant No.10, 15th line and the fifth distribution center of the 10th plant in May.

A total of 180 billion won has been invested in the export production base project for 12 years. OKF Andong Plant was registered as the first FDA-designated plant in Korea.

It is the world's largest size in the multi-beverage category, which can produce 8 million bottles of beverages a day on 99,000 square meters (30,000 pyeong).



◇ "Aloe vera king" has 76% of global aloe beverage market share.

OKF stands for "Overseas Korean Food," and has made overseas expansion a top priority since its foundation.

Established in 1997 with its own technology, Aloe Vera King is a hit product with a whopping 76% market share in the global aloe beverage market.

Chairman Lee, who exported citron tea in the form of thin slices in the early days of his start-up, focuses on developing aloe drinks after reading research papers on "Aloe Effectiveness."

In addition to strengthening immunity, aloe can be highly-utilized due to its excellent sterilization and sedation.

However, many people are reluctant to eat aloe because of its distinct texture and sugar content.

To overcome this, Chairman Lee devoted himself to research and revised the recipe 18 times in three years.

As a result, he was able to release the green cubed "Aloe Vera King" that people around the world fell in love with.



[Source: Chosun Ilbo] “Beyond Asia's No. 1 spot, now aiming for No. 1 spot in the global beverage market.”

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