The 6th World Instant Noodles Summit
Dates：April 8 (Tue)–April 10 (Thu), 2008
Venue : Osaka (Japan)
Serving Excellence - Serving Happiness
April 8 (Tue)–April 10 (Thu), 2008
The Ritz–Carlton Osaka
Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd.
What role should instant noodles play in 50 years' time?
The 6th World Instant Noodles Summit, Osaka was held on April 8–9 in Osaka, the birthplace of the instant noodles.
In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the invention of instant noodles, the Summit was joined by 60 instant noodle manufacturers from 21 countries/regions. Approximately 400 people joined the event. Series of urgent topics which interact with one another, including global warming, growth in population, rising cost of materials such as wheat, soy bean, and palm oil, as well as "food safety issues" were discussed at the Summit, under the theme "What role should instant noodles play in 50 years' time".
●Board of Governors Meeting
TV Commercial Film Festival
●Visit to Instant Ramen Museum
【Keynote Speech 1】
"Global Warming, Biofuels and Future Food Supplies"
Prof. Bruce A. Babcock, Professor of Iowa State University in Ames, USA
【Keynote Speech 2】
"How Japan Envisions Her Future Food Security–Prospect of World Food Supply and Japan's Agriculture"
Mr. Uichiro Niwa, Chairman of ITOCHU Corporation
"The Chinese Instant Noodle Market–Retrospection and Visions of Future Development"
Mr. Liangui Huang, Executive Deputy Director General Office of Agricultural Vertical Integration Ministry of Agriculture, China
"Food Risk Communication, Management and Assessment"
Prof. Lynn Frewer, Professor of University of Wageningen, the Netherlands
The Osaka Declaration
●Joint Press Conference
Board of Governors Meeting
In the Board of Governors Meeting attended by the world's top ten leading companies, WINA Governors actively discussed such issues as "instant noodles consumption," "disaster relief," and "food safety." The establishment of "WINA Disaster Relief Fund," using part of the inheritance of late Momufuku Ando, the first Chairman of this association, and the foundation of "WINA Food Safety Research Fund" were voted for.
Some 100 people, including WINA's regular members, attended the General Meeting. The then Director General, Sang Yoon Lee, pointed out that this summit meant a lot more than any other, in that it was 50 years since Momofuku Ando invented instant noodle here in Osaka, and that is was the first assembly since IRMA had been transformed into WINA. Sang Yoon Lee said that for the last half a century instant noodle industry has been growing, and then it should be qualitative growth for 50 years ahead. Koki Ando, new Director General of WINA, welcomed the participants from around the world, and emphasized the significance of WINA as a platform on which we attend to the food safety issues, the common subject for the instant noodles industry. During the general meeting, a special report about food safety was presented, and eleven speakers representing their own country/region reported about their instant noodles' market.
Unveiling Ceremony of Momofuku Ando's Statue
At Instant Ramen Museum in Ikeda City, where Momofuku Ando invented instant noodle, unveiling ceremony of the statue of Momofuku Ando was held. Among the attendees were Former Prime Minister Nakasone and other dignitaries.
WINA member companies appealed their products brought from around the world at their elaborately displayed booths, which drew attention of visitors.
Some 400 people, Associate Members and guest audience besides WINA Regular Members, attended the Forum. Former Prime Minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi, and other distinguished guests were also among the attendees. Four of the most internationally renowned experts, Prof. Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University, Mr. Uichiro Niwa, Chairman of ITOCHU Corporation, Mr. Liangui Huang, Executive Deputy Director General of Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, Prof. Lynn Frewer of the University of Wageningen, gave lectures on various issues concerning instant noodles industry. The audience listened hard to the lectures.
As the peace making industry, in order to improve the value of instant noodles and to contribute to people all over the world, the foundation of "WINA Disaster Relief Fund," and "WINA Food Safety Research Fund" was announced. The declaration proposed that the use of raw materials for food should take precedence over the use of raw materials for energy. At last, the summit was concluded after confirming that the innovation for better safety, better health, better ecology, and more joy and happiness should be sought for the next 50 years.
As this summit drew attentions of mass media; reporters of Japanese leading newspapers, correspondents, and TV crews, as well as journalists from many different countries actively participated in Q&A session.
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Earth Food Declaration – Etowards 100 billion servings
In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the invention of instant noodles, the 6th World Instant Noodles Summit Osaka was joined by ten top manufacturers representing ten countries and regions around the world along with 50 regular member manufacturers and 2 special members from 21 countries and regions. Discussions were held on the development of the instant noodle industry and how the industry can contribute to the world.
Global consumption of instant noodles reached 98 billion servings in 2007, and we have already begun our countdown toward achieving our 100 billionth serving in 2008. For the past 7 years, growth has exceeded an average of 10% each year. This phenomenal growth is unmatched by any other food industry, and its secret is that the instant noodle industry makes it possible for each country to preserve its national and regional cultures, and that all our members have worked consistently to improve product value through convenience, low price, and safety.
The theme of this summit was, "What role should instant noodles play in 50 years' time?" With food shortages triggered by population growth imminent in the near future, we have confirmed that securing the supply of instant noodles is critical, and we resolve to actively maintain food aid activities to regions afflicted with natural disasters and strife. To this end, we also voted to establish the WINA Disaster Relief Fund and the WINA Food Safety Research Fund.
Further, discussion was held on two recent issues. The first is that with the globalization of food, food safety has transcended the local scope and become a global issue. WINA members have resolved to share information regarding food product safety, to exchange knowledge, and to unite in protecting the consumer.
The second issue is that the upsurge in the demand for biofuel coupled with the effects of global warming has created a large demand that has been competing for grain crops. The result has been shortages in wheat, corn, and palm oil resulting in sharp increases in cost. If this continues, not only will there be problems maintaining product quality, there is even the possibility of a food crisis. Looking 50 years into the future, technological innovations and corporate endeavors will be needed to maintain a constant supply of instant noodles.
With global consumption approaching the 100 billion servings mark, we hereby make the "Earth Food Declaration," and resolve as a peace-promoting industry to promote the product value of instant noodles and to contribute to all the peoples of the earth.
We hereby celebrate the fact that instant noodles have gained permanent status as an earth food, transcending local boundaries and differences, and contributing as a super value food to the welfare of all the citizens of the earth.
At the same time, we hereby propose that the use of raw materials for food should take precedence over the use of raw materials for energy. There can be no higher priority than providing safe, nutritious food to all the people of the world who need it.
At this 50-year juncture in our history, we hereby recognize that we have come a long way in ensuring the quality and safety of instant noodles. In the next 50 years, we still have the task of innovating for better safety, better health, better ecology, and more joy and happiness, so that we may transform instant noodles into an earth food of even greater value and of even greater scale.
The theme of this year's summit is "Instant noodles in 50 years' time. What should we be doing today?"
In light of this theme, during today's forum we would like to discuss both food safety and other related issues of pressing importance including global warming, population expansion, and the steep rise in prices of raw materials for grain such as flour, soy beans, and palm oil.
Keynote Speech 1
"Global Warming, Biofuels
and Future Food Supplies"
Prof. Bruce A. Babcock
Professor of Iowa State University in Ames, USA
The large commitment to biofuels by the United States, Europe, Brazil and Argentina has already led to substantial price increases for grains and oilseeds. A review of the likely impact on U.S. food supplies from a warmer climate and from expanded biofuels production will provide insight into possible policy responses that the U.S. could pursue to ensure that it will remain a major exporter of food.
Professor Bruce Babcock directs the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) and is a member of the economics faculty at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, USA. CARD is one of the world's oldest and foremost agricultural policy research centers, with expertise in the analysis of economic and environmental impacts of changes in U.S. and world agricultural and trade policies.
Keynote Speech 2
"How Japan Envisions
Her Future Food Security–Prospect
of World Food Supply
and Japan's Agriculture"
Mr. Uichiro Niwa
Chairman, ITOCHU Corporation
Japan's prominent business leader, Mr. Uichiro Niwa talked about world food supply under the population explosion, with the view points of water, food, and energy. He expressed expectation on instant noodles as preservative foods and emergency rations.
Mr. Niwa is the Chairman of ITOCHU Corporation. Outside ITOCHU, he also holds a host of positions in a large number of organizations. To mention just a few, Mr. Niwa is a private member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (CEFP) and Chairman of the Decentralization Reform Promotion Committee (DRPC). He also invests a huge amount of energy in social contribution projects, serving as Chairman of the Japan Association for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), a Specified Nonprofit Organization (NPO).
Instant Noodle Market–Retrospection
and Visions of Future Development"
Mr. Liangui Huang
Executive Deputy Director General Office of Agricultural Vertical Integration Ministry of Agriculture, China
China presently dominates nearly half of the world's Instant Noodle market. Mr. Huang, posessing long years of experience in the Ministry of Agriculture, will give a lecture on the background of the rapidly growing Instant Noodle market, as well as the challenges the country will face, and visions of the near future.
Mr. Huang graduated from China Agricultural University. He holds numerous positions including Executive Deputy Director General of the Office of Agricultural Vertical Integration in the Ministry of Agriculture, P.R.China; Senior Agricultural Economist; Secretary-General of the China Society of Rural Community Management; and Chief Editor of Rural Community Management Magazine.
"Food Risk Communication,
Management and Assessment"
Prof. Lynn Frewer
Professor, University of Wageningen, The Netherlands
Consumer responses to different food safety issues are, to some extent, dependent on consumer risk perceptions associated with different hazards. Consumer risk perceptions differ from those provided by individuals with "technical" skills and knowledge about a specific hazard domain, including that of food risk. It is necessary to understand cross-cultural differences and similarities in risk perception, and how these influence consumer behaviours, as well as to determine how these influence best practice in risk communication targeted across and within cultures. It is only through understanding the international context of food risk analysis that consumer confidence can be developed at a global level.
Lynn Frewer is Professor of Food Safety and Consumer Behaviour at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. Previously Lynn was head of Consumer Science at the Institute of Food Research in the UK. Lynn has a background in psychology. Her current research interests include the development of effective food risk communication, management and assessment, science and society issues, and evaluating public and stakeholder engagement in food policy.
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