Lonely Planet Writer

Macadamia nut sales jump after Korean Air scandal

Macadamia nuts in their shells.
Macadamia nuts in their shells. Image by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner / CC BY-SA 2.0

Sales of macadamia nuts have taken off in South Korea in the wake of a scandal involving a Korean Air executive. The airline’s vice president, Cho Hyun-ah, made headlines when she delayed a plane by 20 minutes to eject an air steward she says served her macadamia nuts incorrectly before takeoff. Several online marketplaces reported a significant jump in sales of macadamia nuts following the incident, including Gmarket, which reported a 149% week-on-week increase. Cho has since stepped down from her role as vice president of the company. Read more: wsj.com