Instant noodle sales top 100 billion units a year


TOKYO — Global sales of instant noodles have topped 100 billion units annually, an industry group said Friday — more than one monthly serving of the portable meal for every person on the planet.

Five decades after the easy-to-cook food’s launch, sales climbed again last year with China, Indonesia and Japan rounding out the world’s top-three consumers, according to the Japan-based World Instant Noodles Association.

“The results show that instant noodles have become a global standard dish,” said Norio Sakurai, an official with the Osaka-based association.

“We think global sales will continue growing particularly in some developing nations.”

Of the 101.4 billion units sold worldwide last year, China, including Hong Kong, accounted for 44.0 billion servings, followed by Indonesia with 14.1 billion units, Japan at 5.4 billion units and Vietnam close behind with 5.1 billion units.

Instant noodles, which come dried or pre-cooked and can be boiled quickly with accompanying flavour packets, were invented in Japan by Momofuku Ando, founder of major noodle maker Nissin Foods, in 1958.

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  • WeAry_Bat

    On a sad note, some economists now use this as an indicator of poverty. Medical scientists use it as an indicator for malnutrition and cancer, not that they are malignant on their own synthetic flavors but in conjunction with other foods with man-made chemicals.

  • carlorocci

    Here in the Philippines, instant noodle replaces galunggong as poor man’s dish.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Some Philippines dry noodles don’t have any nutriments at all, it’s a non food and plain robbery !

      Quality white noodles are white sugar equivalent at the best, a diabetes and high blood time bomb !

      • buttones

        I wonder what happens to the billions of polystyrene cups?…

      • AlexanderAmproz

        This is a smart question.

        If not eaten and killing fishes, they will join the hugh un-recyclable trash floating continents located on the middle of the Oceans.

        Human life will be soon at risk, good news for insects who will survived.

      • carlorocci

        Yes, that is the sad state and the real situation happened in the dining of poor household in the Philippines.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Next step is the home made Haitian mud cakes.

        NB: Pinoy’s first is mandatory !
        The Philippines should ban fruits export to feed correctly the population instead to enriched land grabbers and private armies owners !

  • Nothandsome Nottrue

    sana nandyan DEPED para may fresh egg pa s dried instant noodles, hehehe

  • iping2sison

    I would suggest that DAR with DOST should provide the technology of making rice noodles to all rice farmers. Rice noodle making industry should be propagated in all rice farming communities to alleviate the lives of rice farmers. Likewise, big noodle companies should source their rice requirements from accredited farmers cooperatives.

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