Dec 16, 2014 2:43 PM

'Nut rage' gives Hawaii macadamia nuts a boost

The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A Korean Air Lines executive's tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii's $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost.

Cho Hyun-ah, an airline vice president, ordered a flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight from New York City after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate.

The incident dubbed "nut rage" imploded her career, embarrassed her family and led to an unexpected boom in sales of macadamias in South Korea.

Some macadamia nut producers tell the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ( ) that's helping Hawaii, home to more than 700 macadamia nut farms and eight processing plants.

Hawaii Macadamia Nut Association President John Cross says any type of publicity is good for the industry.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser,


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