Kimchi Research Institute is equipped with proprietary quality and sanitation management facility such as microbe examination and parasite egg examination, and constantly strives to improve the product quality through sample tests.
Institute Projects
  • R&D for traditional fermentation and lactobacillus flora
  • New product development, functional food product development for patent application
  • Study on export kimchi commercialization through extension of expiration period
  • Development of on-site kimchi quality management information system by integration with ICT technology
  • Development of general distribution to reinforce overseas export competitiveness of domestic agricultural products (food materials)
  • CEO: Kim Sun-ja (PhD in Economics at Sejong University, Honorary PhD in Food Engineering at University of Moscow)
  • Head: Dr. Jae-seon Cho (Dean of Biotechnology at Kyunghee University, PhD in Agriculture at Seoul National University)
  • Team Lead: Dr. Seung-gwan Cha (PhD in Agriculture at Seoul National University, 30 years at Korea Food Research Institute)
  • Total of 10 master/bachelor level researchers
  • May 2004 – Established the institute
  • February 2006 – Concluded an industry-academia agreement with College of Veterinary Medicine at Seoul National University
  • February 2007 – Concluded an industry-academia agreement with College of Veterinary Medicine at Gachon University of Medicine and Science
  • 2010 – Concluded a research agreement with World Institute of Kimchi
  • 2010 – Concluded a technology agreement with Kimchi Center at Chosun University
  • 2018 – Concluded a technology transfer agreement with World Institute of Kimchi
Research achievement
  • Oct 12, 2015 ~ Oct 11, 2018
  • Development of complex distribution technology for strengthening overseas export facilities of domestic agricultural products (food ingredients)
  • July 7, 2016 ~ Dec 31, 2017
  • Commercialization of Kimchi for Export by Extending Shelf Life (Selected for Excellence in High Value-added Food Technology Development Project in 2018)
  • June 15, 2017 ~ Dec 31, 2019
  • Development of Mat kimchi automated technology and device