12 Things You Didn't Know About Instant Noodles

This Sunday, October 25, is celebrated for the first time in Brazil Macaroni Day. To celebrate the date, Nissin-Ajinomoto has prepared a list of curiosities about the product present in more than 90% of Brazilian homes.

1. In 1958, the first instant noodles were launched in Japan. Marketed as Chickin Ramen, it was created by Momofuku Ando (1910-2007), founder of Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd. The idea came after World War II when Ando realized that people spent hours in line to buy food on the black market due to rationing.

  1. Cup Noodles was developed by Ando in the 1970s, when instant noodles entered the US market.

Momofuku Ando, ​​the creator of instant noodles, tasting the space version of his invention

3. There are two museums dedicated to the creation of Ando in Japan. The Momofuku Ando Ramen Museum in Osaka Prefecture, where Nissin was founded, and the Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama, where visitors can create their own products using A wide variety of ingredients.

Ando statue in front of Osaka Museum

4. On March 5, 2015, Momofuku Ando was the subject of Google Doodle. Born in Taiwan, the inventor would commemorate his 105th birthday on this date.

5. In Brazil, Nissin was responsible for introducing instant noodle consumption. In 1965, the first products were produced in chicken and meat flavors.

6. The favorite flavor of Brazilians is Galinha Caipira, launched in 1975 by Nissin.

7. China is the country that consumes the most instant noodles in the world. In 2014 alone, 44.4 billion packages were sold, according to WINA - World Association of Instant Noodles. In the same year, world consumption was 102.7 billion packages.

8. Brazil is the 10th country in instant noodle consumption. In 2014 alone, Brazilians consumed 2.3 billion packages.

Space Ram's many flavors, instant noodles made to eat in space

9. Momofuku Ando has also developed the “Space Ram”, the vacuum-packed instant noodles for space consumption. The product was made especially for Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi for his July 2005 space travel.

10. In 2000, instant noodles were considered the most important Japanese invention of the twentieth century, ahead of karaoke and CD.

"Monument" made with Cup Noodles jars joined Guinness as the largest single-product pyramid ever made

11. In September 2015, to commemorate the 44th anniversary of Cup Noodles, 433 Nissin Foods employees piled 57, 155 pots of the product and built a 7-foot-tall pyramid at the Cup Noodles Museum.

12. In Brazil, Nissin markets 45 products divided into 10 different lines of instant noodles.

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