The 1st World Ramen Summit
March 4–5, 1997
Since instant ramen products were first commercialized in Japan in 1958, their popularity has rapidly spread worldwide, reaching annual sales of 40 billion servings*. Instant ramen is enormously popular because it is quick and easy to prepare, preservable, high in quality, tasty, and affordable. In addition to these important features, instant ramen uses food resources effectively, as it contains a significant number of calories from grain sources. It is good source of nutrients and can be prepared in a variety of ways that contribute to a complete and balanced diet. Instant ramen is also highly rated as a source of food relief in times of natural disaster and other emergencies, and is thus recognized globally as a food of great value in many environments.
Against this background, manufacturers from around the world will gather to establish the International Ramen Manufacturers Association (IRMA). IRMA contribute to the development of the instant ramen industry by discussing ways of solving environmental issues and technical problems, and by clarifying IRMA'S response to CODEX, an organization established to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair trade.
We believe that, as we approach the 21st century, instant ramen will be recognized as one of the world's most important food products and will contribute significantly to solving serious global problems such as overpopulation and food shortages.
IRAM is being established in recognition of the value of instant ramen, to increase the quality of ramen products and to ensure their continued supply. We, as ramen manufacturers, have adopted as our common mission a commitment to contributing to the betterment and well-being of all.
*Japan Convenience Foods Industry Association, 1995