Momofuku Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products Company and the inventor of instant noodles.
Momofuku Ando was born on March 5, 1910, in Chiayi, Taiwan. He founded Nissin Food Products Co. and the invented instant noodles; he introduced chicken ramen in 1958, debuted Cup Noodle in 1971, and in 2005 created a vacuum-packed portion of instant noodles for the Japanese astronaut aboard the Discovery space shuttle. In 2006 his company earned $131 million in profits. He died in 2007 in Ikeda, Osaka, Japan.
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