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Nissin’s Top Ramen removed MSG and artificial flavors, and also reduced sodium for healthy demand

| Products & Services, USA | 10/10/2017


Nissin Foods® Top Ramen® Chicken Flavor

Nissin Foods® Top Ramen® Finds Noodle Zen with Updated Recipe

Date: Oct 9, 2017
Source: Nissin Foods USA

GARDENA, Calif., Oct. 9, 2017 – Today Nissin Foods, the inventor of instant ramen, announces a significant update to its iconic Top Ramen brand in the U.S. Nissin Top Ramen is responding to consumer demand for reduced sodium and fewer artificial ingredients by updating its entire product line to remove added MSG and artificial flavors and reduce sodium content. By focusing on what is truly important to the brand – delicious noodles – Top Ramen is improving its nutritional profile while maintaining the great taste fans love– all at the same, affordable price.

“Top Ramen is a product that consumers love – on its own or dressed up. What’s imperative to us is that the core product – the ramen noodle – maintains its delicious flavor and integrity,” says Gary Lai, Director of Marketing of Nissin Foods USA. “However, in response to consumer demand, we’ve been working diligently to remove unnecessary ingredients and lower the sodium while preserving the same taste and texture. We asked ourselves, ‘How much can we remove while still maintaining our noodle essence?’ We liken the process to finding our ‘noodle zen’ and we’re extremely proud of the results.”


Nissin Foods® Top Ramen® Chicken Flavor

Nissin Foods® Top Ramen® Soy Sauce Flavor

After a series of blind taste tests, results revealed that consumers liked the new version of Top Ramen just as much as the previous recipe. Nutritional changes include:

  • Reduced sodium by an average of 15% across all flavors
  • Removed added MSG (product contains small amounts of naturally occurring glutamates)
  • Removed all artificial flavors

To accompany the recipe update, Top Ramen is also unveiling new, modernized product packaging. Additionally, in response to consumer demand for vegetarian options on the shelf, the bold new packaging now calls out the two vegetarian flavors – Soy Sauce (formerly called Oriental) and Chili – directly so that they are more easily identified. Top Ramen is currently the largest instant ramen brand with vegetarian flavors in national distribution in the United States.

Consumers rely on Top Ramen as an affordable, quality meal they can count on. With the new improved recipe fans can feel even better about enjoying their favorite instant ramen noodle with the same ease and simplicity they’ve come to expect from Top Ramen, and hopefully find a little ‘noodle zen’ of their own.

Consumers can now find the new product on store shelves nationwide.

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