Instant noodles go to the world

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Jan 14, 2011 07:35 noodles
After the epoch making success of Nisshin Chicken Ramen in Japan in 1958, instant noodles have grown to form a huge market on the earth. In 2009, 91,500,000,000 (91.5 billion) packs of instant noodles were consumed in the world. Blimey! Given 6.7 billion people in the world, one person ate ~14 packs of instant noodles in in average that year. I certainly ate more than 14 packs in 2009.

Consumption in Japan in 2009 accounted for 5.3 billion packs. Still, it's only third place. The second was Indonesia with the consumption of 13.9 billion packs, whereas by far the largest consumer was China with as many as 40.86 billion packs, which accounted for almost the half of world consumption.

The UK consumed 0.26 billion packs and it was twentieth largest consumption in the world. I reckon that British people were so busy in talking about crappy weather that they couldn't find enough time to make instant noodles that year.

Data: Consumption (demand?) of instant noodles