Sapporo Ichiban creator Ida dies


Takeshi Ida, the man who created the popular Sapporo Ichiban brand of instant noodles, has died of pneumonia in Tokyo at the age of 83.

The ex-president of noodle maker Sanyo Foods Co. passed away on Aug. 20.

Ida founded Sanyo Foods in 1953 with his father, Fumio, who was its first president. Inspired by some ramen he ate in Sapporo, the younger Ida developed the first Sapporo Ichiban instant noodles, prepared with a soy-flavored stock, in 1966. The noodles remain a national mainstay to this day.