Well, they haven’t “run out” of kimchi. But the napa cabbage crop has been ruined by weather, and the price of a head has jumped from about $4 to $14. One man resorted to stealing 10 heads of the cabbage directly from a field. The solution? South Korea is temporarily suspending their trade sanctions with China in order to import cabbage from them in order to stabilize the market.
FYI: Kimchi – cabbage combined with chili paste and other flavors which is then allowed to ferment. Although many Americans do not, I happen to like kimchi.
Source: time.com, who got the story from NPR.