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Ramen Instant Noodles Inventor Dies

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"Poor, hungry students and crazy people everywhere mourn"

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The Japanese inventor of ramen instant noodles, Momofuku Ando, died at age 96 Friday after suffering a heart attack, the Associated Press reported.

Ando founded Chukososha Co. in 1948. A decade later the company changed its name to Nissin Food Products Inc. and launched Chicken Ramen, the world's first instant noodle product. In 1971 the company introduced Cup Noodle. By 2003 total sales for the Cup Noodle brand topped 20 billion servings.

Ando came up with the idea for a cheap, convenient noodle soup because Japan in the post-War War II period was facing chronic food shortages.

For the most recent fiscal year, Nissin reported total revenue of $2.74 billion.

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p.s. Rumor has it that Mr. Ando was buried in a white styrofoam cup, with a Sta-fresh cover.

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