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Convinced that “Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat,” our founder Momofuku Ando set out to create a simple, affordable way to feed the masses. He never imagined he’d spark a 3-minute global revolution. In 1958, the legendary inventor, dreamer and humanitarian officially released “Chikin Ramen” in Japan. He went on to create The Original Top Ramen for the U.S. in 1970. And fifty fun, flavorful years later, we’re still slurping!
On a trip to the U.S. in 1966, Mr. Ando noticed Americans curiously eating forkfuls of noodles out of cups, instead of using bowls and chopsticks. With that simple observation, the worldwide Cup Noodles® phenomenon was born. Shortly after, Nissin officially put down its roots in the U.S. In 1972, our Gardena, CA, plant started production of Top Ramen®—the first instant ramen manufactured and sold in the U.S. And ever since, Nissin Foods USA has launched a continuous stream of new and innovative products for hungry, noodle-loving Americans.
Inventor, founder, dreamer, humanitarian, Momofuku Ando’s words have provided continual inspiration to Nissin employees around the world. As you explore the site, keep an eye out for some of his most inspiring quotes, and he may just do the same for you.