Instant noodle sales top 100 billion units a year amid insatiable global demand


Global sales of instant noodles have topped 100 billion units a year, which represents more than one monthly serving for every person on the planet, an industry group said Friday.

Five decades after the product’s invention, sales continued climbing last year, with China, Indonesia and Japan rounding out the top three consumers, according to the Osaka-based World Instant Noodles Association.

“The results show that instant noodles have become a global standard dish,” said Norio Sakurai, an official with the association. “We think global sales will continue growing, particularly in some developing nations.”

Of the 101.4 billion units sold worldwide last year, China, including Hong Kong, accounted for 44.0 billion servings, followed by Indonesia with 14.1 billion, Japan with 5.4 billion units and Vietnam close behind with 5.1 billion.