Nisshin marks Chicken Ramen's first 50
OSAKA (Kyodo) Nisshin Food Products Co. celebrated Monday the 50th anniversary of the
market debut of Chicken Ramen, the world's first instant noodles.
The company began a three-day event in
Osaka, the birthplace of instant noodles, during which it will show the public
the production process of the Chicken Ramen that debuted Aug. 25, 1958.
Since the late Nisshin founder Momofuku
Ando created instant noodles 50 years ago, the market has seen steady growth
and ever-expanding product lineups.
In 1971, the company introduced Cup Noodle, featuring instant ramen in
a waterproof plastic foam container that only has to be filled with hot
In 2005, Nisshin debuted vacuum-packed instant noodles specially designed
for astronaut Soichi Noguchi to eat during a mission aboard the U.S. space
Around the 1970s, as growth in the domestic market slowed, Japanese manufacturers
turned their attention overseas, mainly elsewhere in Asia.
Around that time, foreign manufacturers also started making instant noodles.
In the past 50 years, the industry has
grown huge, with more than 20 instant noodle manufacturers currently operating
"We have no idea how many instant
noodle makers there are in the world," a Nisshin official said.
Global consumption of instant noodles has
increased in recent years, and some industry insiders even estimate it will
more than double to 200 billion units by 2018.
The Japan Times: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008
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