During the COVID-19 pandemic, the limitation on the use of disposable cups inside cafés was temporarily suspended, but this was reintroduced in April 2022. From the end of 2022, in addition to the limit on the usage of disposable cups, disposable straws, stirrers and other disposable products were all banned.
Bars/pubs was dominated by independent bars/pubs by all measures in 2022. Chained bars/pubs accounted for only between a quarter and a third of overall outlets in the category in 2022.
In Korea, cafés and specialist coffee and tea shops are considered to be categories in which it is easier to start a business compared with many others in consumer foodservice, due to lower start-up costs. As a result, every year new outlets open, although many also close.
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This category encompasses all establishments where the focus is on drinking (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages). While a wide variety of snacks and full meals are offered, it is not uncommon for consumers to only order a drink. As a general rule, establishments deriving 50% of their income or more from the sale of drinks are included here.See All of Our Definitions
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