More than 60 years have passed since founder Momofuku Ando invented the world’s first instant noodle, CHICKEN RAMEN . Guided by our founder’s spirit as an immutable philosophy, the NISSIN FOODS Group continues to take on the challenge of creating new foods while providing answers to environmental and social issues.


Our Founding

The invention of instant noodles


A New Style of Food and Overseas Expansion

Listed on Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Second Section of the Osaka Exchange
Established NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A.) CO., INC.
Finished construction of the Los Angeles Plant
Introduced CUP NOODLE
Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya Stock Exchanges
Established NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL LTDA. (Nissin-Ajinomoto Alimentos Ltda.)
Finished construction of the Construction of Ibiúna Plant
Introduced U.F.O. and NISSIN NO DONBEI


Takes on the World as a Comprehensive Food Group

Expanded into Asia
Entered the chilled foods business
Established NISSIN FOODS CO., LTD. (Hong Kong)
Expanded into China (including Hong Kong)
Entered the frozen foods business
Entered the beverage business
Entered the confectionery business
Expanded into EMEA


Globalization and Sustainability Management

Established the NISSIN Global Food Safety Institute
Invented the world's first instant noodles as space food
Equity stake in MYOJO FOODS CO., LTD
Introduced the ECO CUP
NISSIN FOODS Group transitioned to a holding company structure
NISSIN becomes a Century Brand Company
Launched the Hyakufukushi Project
Established the WAVE R&D Center
NISSIN FOODS CO., LTD. (Hong Kong) listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange



Launched NISSIN FOODS Group Mid- to Long-Term Growth Strategy
Introduced Delicious Complete Nutrition Meals

Social Value Creation

The World’s First Instant Noodles: 1958

Momofuku Ando Invents Instant Noodles to Solve Postwar Food Shortages

Food shortages in the postwar period led to an overflow of hungry people on the streets of Japan. There was no end to the number of people falling ill due to malnutrition. Momofuku Ando, the founder of NISSIN FOODS, realized the desperate need as he saw people lined up to get food. He wanted to develop a food accessible to all, so he invented the world’s first instant noodles, CHICKEN RAMEN, launching a new business.

Replica of the research lab used in the development of CHICKEN RAMEN

CHICKEN RAMEN at the time of its introduction

Invention of CUP NOODLE : 1971

The Birth of a New Food Culture Meeting Needs for Convenience

The world’s first cup-type instant noodles, CUP NOODLE, was born in 1971. When founder Momofuku Ando visited the U.S., he noticed supermarket employees who broke noodles into small pieces and ate them from paper cups. This observation inspired Ando to create a new product. The new product also met the growing need for convenient food during a period of rapid economic growth. Soon, the streets of Ginza were filled with young people slurping samples of CUP NOODLE.

Direct sampling sales events

CUP NOODLE at the time of introduction

The Birth of the ECO Cup: 2008

Pursuing Sustainability

We transitioned to paper as the material used in CUP NOODLE containers, and began listing allergenic substances and salt equivalent clearly on our packages. The name ECO Cup is derived from the first letters of three important elements: for Ecology, for the Customer, and for Originality. In 2019, we began using the Biomass ECO Cup.

Established the WAVE: 2014

Strengthening Innovation

In 2014, we established the WAVE as a NISSIN FOODS Group technology, development, and research center, consisting of the Global Innovation Center and Global Food Safety Institute.The mission of the WAVE is to communicate to the world the NISSIN FOOD Group promise as a food manufacturer: Technological Innovation and Food Safety.

Solving Problems Through Future Foods: 2021

Popularizing Delicious Complete Nutrition Meals to Improve Global Well-Being

Food satiety has become a new social issue among the developed countries where food is often tossed out casually. While the increase in health risks due to over-calorie consumption has become a global problem, the increase in hidden malnutrition—a lack of essential nutrients—is also a serious issue. To solve this polarization of nutrition and improve well-being around the world, we launched a full-scale campaign to promote Delicious Complete Nutrition Meals.