The 9th World Instant Noodles Summit

August 22–23, 2018


Dates August 22 (Wed)–August 23 (Thu), 2018
Venue The Imperial Hotel Osaka
Host Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.

The 9th World Instant Noodles Summit of the World Instant Noodles Association (WINA) was held on August 22 and 23 at the Imperial Hotel in Osaka.
2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the invention of instant noodles in Osaka, and this year’s World Instant Noodles Summit returned to the birthplace of the instant noodles, joined by 208 attendees from 70 manufacturers of 16 countries/regions. Under the theme of “Innovating Happiness for 100 Years,” industry leaders discussed how to further expand demand for instant noodles in a world that is rapidly changing with digitalization, as well as what kind of innovations are needed to ensure that instant noodles continue to bring people happiness over the next 40 years leading up to the 100th anniversary.


<Day 1>
  • Board of Governors Meeting
  • General Meeting
    Market Report
    Welcome Dinner
<Day 2>
  • Forum
    Opening Address by the Special Guest
    Mr. Fumio Kishida, Chairman, Policy Council of LDP, Member of House of Representative

    Forum 1 "Future of Instant Noodles"
    Mr. Koki Ando, WINA Chairman / President & Representative Director・CEO, Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.

    Forum 2 "The Role of Instant Noodles in World History"
    Prof. Ken Albala, Professor of University of the Pacific, USA

    Forum 3 "New Culture of New Era"
    Prof. Joi Ito, Director of MIT Media Lab, Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, USA

    Forum 4 Open Discussion (Prof. Ito with Students)

  • Next Host Declaration (Indofood)
  • The Osaka Declaration
  • Joint Press Conference

Event Report

Board of Governors Meeting

At the Board of Governors Meeting held in the morning of Day One, WINA Chairman proposed to add the values of " nutritiousness" and "eco-sustainability" to the five key development principles* of instant noodles. Moreover, 3 new panels have been set up for quick and flexible actions: Food Safety & Security Panel, CSV/ SDGs Panel, and Disaster Relief Panel. Governor-companies and Special member representatives discussed his proposal and presented constructive opinions for reinforcement of WINA future activities regarding what should be included in Osaka Declaration.

*five key development principles: delicious taste, safety, convenience, preservability, and affordability

General Meeting

Following the Board of Governors Meeting, at the General Meeting, about 120 people including Regular members (instant noodle manufactures) attended in total. WINA Chairman, Mr. Koki Ando, mentioned that this year marks 60th anniversary of the invention of instant noodles by Mr. Momofuku Ando, in Osaka, 1958. He emphasized, therefore, that the global instant noodle industry, with global demand now surpassing 100 billion servings annually, took aim to ensure that instant noodles continue to bring happiness for humanity, utilizing active innovation and leading-edge marketing. In the part of Market Reports, representatives from 11 countries/regions made their presentations about latest information of instant noodles and current issues of their markets.


At Forum on Day Two, all categories of WINA members including Associate members and invited guests, over 200 people attended. As a guest representative, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Chairperson of the Liberal Democratic Party Policy Research Council, made an opening address. Followed by WINA Chairman Mr. Koki Ando, he spoke about the “Future of Instant Noodles” with a far-sighted view on the era with a world population surpassing 10 billion.
After then, Mr. Ken Albala, Professor, History Department, University of the Pacific, and Mr. Joi Ito, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the MIT Media Lab also gave a key note talk. They talked about the history of processed foods including instant noodles, and the direction of development of instant noodles. There was also an open discussion with current university students which was very lively and fruitful.

Osaka Declaration

The world population will soon reach 10 billion. Considering the changes in consumer awareness and social climate, we hereby add the values of nutritiousness and eco-sustainability to the five key development principles for instant noodles. The summit ended with a declaration that we declare our commitment to ensuring that this outstanding foodstuff continues to provide an absolutely safe, delicious, and environmentally friendly meal, contributing to the food culture of everyone around the globe.
Instant noodles have tremendous and enduring value as an instant hot meal which warms both the body and the soul.

Press Conference

Various media paid highly attention to the summit; the press of national newspapers and news agency, and TV reporters all participated and the Qs & As session with the governor representatives was lively for news gathering.

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