Mr Ando said the inspiration for his product came when he saw people lining up to buy bowls of hot ramen noodle soup at a black market stall during the food shortages after World War II.
He developed his first instant noodles, Chicken Ramen, in 1958.
The product came out as Japan recovered from the ravages of WWII and began a long period of economic expansion.
It was the masterstroke of providing a waterproof polystyrene container for the noodles that made his Cup Noodle an instant success in 1971.
Nissin has led the global instant noodle industry since then, selling 85.7 billion servings every year, according to Agence France Presse.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Instant noodle inventor dies
I love my instant noodles (who doesn't aye) so its sad to know that the inventor of the instant noodles Momofuku Ando has died at 96. From BBC:
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