Instant noodles are extremely useful relief supplies in times of natural disaster. The NISSIN FOODS Group provides emergency support through the World Instant Noodle Association (WINA), of which NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CEO Koki Ando currently serves as Chairman. NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS assigns four employees to WINA as permanent staff members.
When major disasters occur in areas around the world, the Group distributes food through local companies that are members of WINA and organizations such as the International Red Cross. With the collaboration of over 63 companies, WINA donated 6.77 million instant noodle products since May 2008 through March 2021.
International Relieve Response by WINA in FY2019-FY2021
|Period||Natural Disaster||Donation Volume||Products were donated with|
|2018||June||Volcano Erupted in Guatemala||100,000 servings of CUP NOODLES||NISSIN FOODS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V.|
|September||Dam break by the heavy rainfall in Attapeu Province, Southern Laos||10,000 servings of CUP NOODLES||NISSIN FOODS (THAILAND) CO., LTD.|
|Flood in Kerala, South India||100,000 servings of TOP RAMEN||NISSIN FOODS INDIA LTD.|
|October||Earthquake & Tsunami in Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia||100,000 servings of TOP RAMEN||PT. NISSIN FOODS INDONESIA|
|Hurricane Florence in the Eastern US||68,000 servings of CUP NOODLES||NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A.)|
|2019||January||Tsunami in Banten Province, Indonesia||100,000 servings of TOP RAMEN||PT. NISSIN FOODS INDONESIA|
|2020||February||COVID-19||25,000 servings of CUP NOODLES, etc.||NISSIN FOODS (H.K.)|
|May-June||COVID-19||64,000 servings of CUP NOODLES||NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A.)|
|October||Hurricane in Guatemala||100,000 servings of CUP NOODLES||NISSIN FOODS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V.|
What is WINA?
The World Instant Noodles Association (WINA) is a worldwide industry organization that was established in 1997 on the proposal of Momofuku Ando for the purpose of contributing to development of the industry and dietary habits around the world. WINA regularly holds the Food Safety Conference and World Instant Noodles Summit, and supports emergency food aid efforts through the provision of instant noodles to natural disaster victims around the world. As of March 2021, WINA had 145 member companies and organizations in 23 countries and regions around the world.
The NISSIN FOODS Group has Kitchen Cars with on-board water heaters that allow tasting of instant noodles at event venues and retail outlets. When natural disasters—such as earthquakes—occur in places around Japan, Kitchen Cars are dispatched to affected regions. In October 18-19, 2019, to support the victims of Typhoon Hagibis, the Kitchen Cars visited two shelters in Nagano City. Employees provided CUP NOODLES to disaster victims free of charge.