Press Release


CJ Introduces Bibigo Line of Signature Korean Foods to the US
Korea’s Leading Food Company to Enhance the American Palate with a ‘Korean Pantry’ of Products


WASHINGTON D.C. (July 11, 2011)—CJ, Korea’s number one food company and leading producer of Asian foods, today announced the launch of its “Korean Pantry” of products for the U.S. market, including its Bibigo line of signature Korean foods. As the most trusted name in Korean food for more than 50 years, CJ aims to broaden awareness and accessibility for Korean cuisine among Americans, with a variety of authentic, high-quality and GMO-free products with well-balanced ingredients to enable consumers to recreate traditional Korean dishes with ease. CJ will debut its Bibigo line at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington D.C. this week (booth 517).

“Korean food is quickly becoming the international cuisine of choice, and we look forward to playing a lead role in demystifying its unique characteristics, while introducing a variety of new, distinct flavors to the American palate,” said Elliot Chung, senior brand manager for CJ. “The idea behind CJ’s Korean Pantry of products is to provide all of the fundamental, staple ingredients that would be found in any traditional Korean kitchen, allowing at-home cooks in the U.S. to become more familiar with the cuisine and start adding an authentic touch to any dish.”

CJ’s Korean Pantry products will be available online and in stores September 2011. Each product in the Bibigo portfolio boasts the unrivaled, complex Korean flavors and textures that CJ is known for:

Bibigo Gochujang (Korean Hot Pepper Paste) (SRP: $4.99/17.6oz):
This signature ingredient for Korean cooking is made from a cultured soy bean base, combined with premium red chili powder, fresh garlic and onions, to create a balanced blend of savory, spicy and sweet. Gochujang is traditionally used as a topping, a dipping sauce for vegetables or sashimi, or as a cooking sauce for stir-fry dishes with chicken or vegetables. [more]

Bibigo Ssamjang (Korean Seasoned Soybean Paste) (SRP: $4.99/17.6oz): A Korean staple made with cultured soybean base and pepper paste, combined with fresh garlic, onion, scallions and sesame oil. This condiment can be used as a dip for Korean BBQ lettuce wraps or vegetables, or combined with mayonnaise to create a unique and flavorful sandwich spread. [more]

Bibigo Korean BBQ Sauces (SRP: $4.99/16.9oz): Available in three savory flavors (Original, Pineapple and Hot & Spicy), each variety can be used as a marinade for traditional Korean BBQ (like bulgogi and kalbi), or as a stir-fry sauce to create a delightful culinary experience. No MSG or trans fats. [more]

Bibigo Soy Sauce with Kelp (SRP: $3.39/16.2oz): This uniquely Korean-style soy sauce incorporates a hint of kelp for a special savory taste, and is great to add to seasoned vegetable salads or stir-fry dishes. [more]

Bibigo Fresh Cooked Rice (SRP: $5.48/14.8oz): Known as Korea’s favorite rice, this fresh-cooked, white sticky rice comes in a two-pack (with two individual bowls) and is quick and convenient to prepare. The sealed packaging ensures a fresh-cooked flavor and texture, without added preservatives. Simply place the bowl in the microwave and it’s ready to eat in just 90 seconds. [more]

Bibigo Crispy Seaweed Snacks (SRP: $2.88/.54oz): Packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals, this Korean-style seaweed is roasted to perfection and seasoned with a dash of salt and sesame seed oil. Lighter and crispier than Japanese-style seaweed, it’s perfect as a healthy snack and also delicious with rice. [more]

In addition to the Bibigo line, CJ will continue to expand its Korean Pantry of products to include ingredient-oriented items such as:

Sun-Dried Sea Salt (SRP: $5.28/4.9oz): Harvested by hand from the Shinan islands in the southwest sea of South Korea, and dried naturally by the sun and wind, this sea salt boasts a high mineral content and exceptional taste. [more]

Please visit CJ at the Summer Fancy Food Show (booth 517) to learn more about Korean cuisine and CJ’s products, view and sample authentic Korean food, and participate in a special survey that will test your “Korean food IQ.”

About CJ
Since 1953, CJ has been dedicated to delighting consumers by introducing healthy and convenient foods through the development of state-of-the-art technology, combined with the use of the best ingredients available. Over the last 50 years, this dedication to providing the best food products in the market has made CJ one of the most recognized and trustworthy companies in South Korea.

CJ’s mission today is to introduce the delicious and nutritious Korean food culture to the rest of the world and CJ established a presence in the U.S. in 1978 with this same goal in mind. With more than 30 years in the U.S. market, CJ continues to strive to create the best products that Korean food has to offer and make new fans among consumers every day. CJ, creating joy for more than 50 years. For more information, please visit