Momofuku Ando the inventor of the world’s first instant noodle or better known as ramen noodles died on Friday (January 5, 2007).
Japan faced massive food shortages after WWII so he took it upon himself to develop the affordable, quality and convenient noodles to help feed the country. He founded the company Nissin Food Products in 1948 and in 1958, after many months of trial and error, “Chikin Ramen” the first instant noodle was born.
Ramen noodles are a major staple food of most poor college students… they were the core of my food budget when I was in college. I don’t think I could have maintained my $50/month grocery budget without them!
What a great example of an entreprenuer taking the initiative to solve a nation-wide problem.