Did you know? - On a trip to the U.S. in 1966, Nissin founder, Mr. Ando, noticed Americans curiously eating forkfuls of noodles out of cups, instead of using bowls and chopsticks. With that simple observation, the worldwide Cup Noodles® phenomenon was born. Shortly after, Nissin officially put down its roots in the U.S. In 1972, their Gardena, CA, plant started production of Top Ramen®—the first instant ramen manufactured and sold in the U.S. Nissin has been loved by hungry, noodle-loving Americans ever since!