Nissin Foods

Not to be confused with Nissan.
For other uses, see Nisshin (disambiguation).
Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.
public Kabushiki gaisha
Traded as TYO: 2897
OSE: 2987
Industry Food Manufacturing
Founded Izumiotsu, Osaka, Japan (September 4, 1948 (1948-09-04))
Founder Momofuku Ando
Headquarters Osaka HQ: 1-1, Nishi-Nakajima Yonchome, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Japan
Tokyo: 28-1, Shinjuku Rokuchome, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Key people

Koki Ando
(President and CEO)

Susumu Nakagawa
(Vice President and COO)
Revenue Steady¥374,932 million (March 2011)[1]
Increase¥34,537 million (March 2011)[1]
Steady¥20,756 million (March 2011)[1]
Total assets Increase¥409,748 million (March 2011)[1]
Total equity Increase¥277,595 million (March 2011)[1]
Number of employees
7,505 (as of March 31, 2011)
Subsidiaries Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd.
Nissin Cisco Co., Ltd.
Nissin Frozen Foods Co., Ltd.
Nissin Chilled Foods Co., Ltd.
Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd.
public Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Food Manufacturing
Founded October 1, 2008 (2008-10-01) (to take over the instant food business from the former Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd.)
Headquarters 1-1, Nishi-Nakajima Yonchome, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Japan
Key people
Susumu Nakagawa
Parent Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.

Nissin Foods is a Japanese company that makes instant noodles.


Founding and early years

It was established in Japan on September 4, 1948, by Momofuku Ando[2] as Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. of Japan (日清食品株式会社 Nisshin Shokuhin Kabushiki-gaisha) and ten years later introduced the first instant ramen noodle product, Chikin Ramen (Chicken Ramen). They established a US subsidiary Nissin Foods in 1970 and sold instant ramen noodle products under the name Top Ramen. Instant noodles (1958) and cup noodles (1971) were both invented by Momofuku Ando.[3][4] Nissin Foods has its headquarters in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka.[5][6]

Recent years and expansion

The company moved to its current headquarters in 1977, when the construction of the building was completed.[7]

Nissin Foods are also Purveyors to the Imperial House of Japan.

In 2007, Myojo Foods Co., Ltd. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Nissin Foods.[8]

Facilities and regions

Nissin Foods has established offices and factories in various countries, such as Brazil (since 1981),[9] Hong Kong (since 1985),[10] India (since 1987),[11] Germany (since 1993),[12] Thailand (since 1994),[13] China (since 1995),[14] and Mexico (since 2000).[15] Their products are also sold in the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, Sweden, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States.


Instant noodles

Demae Ramen

Demae Ramen or Demae Itcho (Japanese: 出前一丁 which translates to "delivery one order'")[21] was first introduced in Japan in 1969 and entered the market in Hong Kong the next year. Since then, it has become one of the most popular instant noodle brands in Hong Kong, with a wide range of flavours.[22]

Corporate responsibility

Nissin Foods have been criticized for using palm oil suppliers responsible for the destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights. [23][24] A demonstration was held at Nissin Foods US Headquarters on 29 June 2015. [25]


Nissin Foods is not affiliated with the following: Nisshin Seifun Group Inc., Nisshin OilliO Group, Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., Nissin Healthcare Food Service Co., Ltd., Monde Nissin Corporation, and Nissin Kyogyo Co. Ltd. (including Nissin Brake Ohio and Nissin Brake Georgia).

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2011" (PDF). Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd. May 11, 2011.
  2. Nissin Foods - About Nissin Foods
  3. Corporate Information: History
  4. Corporate Information: Business Overview
  5. "Nissin Food group net profit up 6.6% in 1st half." Japan Weekly Monitor. November 12, 2001. Retrieved on March 5, 2010. "On an unconsolidated basis, the Osaka-based firm recorded a 194.4% jump to 5.46."
  6. "Company Profile." Nissin Foods. Retrieved on March 5, 2010.
  7. "History." Nissin Foods Germany. Retrieved on March 5, 2010.
  8. "History". Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.
  9. Nissin no Brasil. Nissin-Ajinomoto. Retrieved on September 9, 2010 (Portuguese)
  10. Nissin Hong Kong - official history
  11. Nissin - official history
  12. Nissin Food Germany - History, Germany
  13. Nissin Thailand - company profile
  14. Nissin China - History
  15. Nissin Mexico - History (Spanish)
  16. Nissin (February 7, 2007). "Nissin Foods- Chow Mein". Nissin Foods (USA) Co., Inc. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  17. Nissin (May 15, 2009). "Nissin Foods - Chow Pasta". Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  18. "Nissin Foods - Souper Meal". Nissin. Archived from the original on May 17, 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  19. "Nissin Foods - Bowl Foods Hot & Spicy". Nissin. May 15, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  20. 1 2 "Nissin HK". Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  21. "makanai, demae, shidashi | Japanese-English dictionary". EUdict. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  22. "Japan's Demae Ramen Rocks in Hong Kong". Feb 6, 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  23. Sum of Us website page on Maruchan, Nissin Foods, accessed 30 July 2015
  24. Palm Oil Industry Threatens Indonesian Biodiversity on Triple Pundit, accessed 30 July 2015
  25. Conflict Palm Oil Demonstration at Nissin US Headquarters, accessed 30 July 2015
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