Chinese Chopstick Shortage Helps American Business

Posted on August 3, 2011

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PASHA BELYAYEV

A shortage of chopsticks in China has been big business for an American company based in Georgia.

George Chopsticks was founded by Korean American Jae Lee. He decided to open a chopstick producing company because of the low overhead costs and high demand, even amid doubts from friends and family.

Georgia Chopsticks is now producing two million sets of chopsticks each day with the goal of producing 10 million sets a day by the end of the year.

Courtesy of 11 Alive

Lee found that the poplar and sweet gum trees that are bountiful in Georgia are ideal trees to make chopsticks from.

These chopsticks cost less than a cent to make and they are being shipped out to the Pacific Rim more specifically around east China and Japan in order to compensate for the shortage there.

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