Say you’re hungry , it’s late at night and you don’t feel like cooking anything. If you walk to the closest convenience store, you’ll probably find some instant ramen. Ranging from $0.1 to $5, depending on where you are, you’ll find that ramen is cheap, very easy to prepare, and fills your stomach just nice.
Have you ever stopped to think of ramen as a growing and prosperous industry? Well, what you ate last night contributes to one of the 85 billion servings of instant noodles consumed every year (yes, you read it right). That’s about 13 servings a year for every human being living on Earth. But of course, not everyone eats the same amount of ramen, right?
Fortunately, information about ramen production is available, and I came up with this little chart:
As expected, China consumes about 50% of all the ramen in the world. I expected Japan to be on the second place, but Indonesia (with somewhat less than two times the population of Japan) has a distant second place.
Bottom line: Although most of us don’t take ramen very seriously, it is a very strong industry even in the East, with the US, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico among the top 15 consumers. So next time you go shopping, don’t forget to take a serving or two home! What’s your take on ramen, do you contribute to this growing industry?