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Momofuku Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products Company and the inventor of instant noodles.
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Momofuku Ando was born on March 5, 1910, in Chiayi, Taiwan. He founded Nissin Food Products Co. and the invented instant noodles; he introduced chicken ramen in 1958, debuted Cup Noodle in 1971, and in 2005 created a vacuum-packed portion of instant noodles for the Japanese astronaut aboard the Discovery space shuttle. In 2006 his company earned $131 million in profits. He died in 2007 in Ikeda, Osaka, Japan.
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