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Alibaba helps Korean grocery pioneer take Korean food to Singapore

Bloomberg8/10/2022 01:27 PM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Alibaba helps Korean grocery pioneer take Korean food to Singapore
The Market Kurly application is demonstrated in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Photo: Bloomberg
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Market Kurly became South Korea’s first billion-dollar online grocery app by delivering fresh produce to customers’ doorsteps by dawn the next day. Now it’s expanding to Singapore by offering products on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s RedMart.

Singaporeans will be able to buy Market Kurly’s ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat meals from Wednesday via the app, owned by Alibaba unit Lazada. They include frozen snacks and Korean-style cold soba from Gwanghwamun Mijin, a storied decades-old restaurant in Seoul. The initial launch of 44 products will be gradually expanded to chilled food and possibly non-food daily products in the future, Market Kurly Chief Executive Officer Sophie Kim said.

“Singapore is a melting pot of culture and food,” Kim told Bloomberg News. Lazada and RedMart’s “nationwide reach allows us to tap their expertise and skills, and the ability for us to use that data for future product roll-outs.”

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