Nissin Foods Changes Cup Noodles Recipe
The makers of instant ramen listen to consumers, creating an improved nutritional profile
“Listening to our consumers has always been at the core of what our company, and the Cup Noodles product in particular, was founded on,” said Al Multari, president of Nissin Foods USA. “Most recently, we asked our consumers what changes they’d like to see in our Cup Noodles product. They told us that without sacrificing taste, the three most compelling changes we could make to our recipe were: lower sodium, no added MSG and no artificial flavors. This is exactly what we’ve been able to accomplish. Our consumers rely on Cup Noodles as a convenient, affordable and quality meal to help keep them going – and now, they can feel even better about eating it.”
For almost 60 years Nissin has offered innovative, satisfying products with a wide range of flavors. Invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, who was inspired by the hungry masses he witnessed after World War II, ramen has become an affordable, quality meal or snack. Keeping the importance of taste and cost in mind, Nissin challenged its research and development team to accomplish the task to help address today’s modern preferences for this ramen product.
After a series of blind taste tests with people who frequently consume the product, results revealed that consumers liked the new version of Cup Noodles just as much as the current. Nutritional changes include:
• A reduction of more than 20% in the sodium content of the three best-selling flavors, and a reduction of approximately 15% in sodium content of all flavors
• Removed added MSG (but contains small amounts of naturally occurring glutamates in ingredients such as soy sauce, tomato and red chili pepper)
• Removed all artificial flavors and added natural ingredients (such as turmeric, paprika and lime)