It is with great sadness that the BBC announced the death aged 96 of Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles
Mr Ando, who moved to Japan in 1933, founded Nissin Food Products Co after World War II. He developed his first instant noodles, Chicken Ramen, in 1958 which he said had been inspired by seeing people lining up to buy bowls of noodle soup at a black market stall during food shortages after.
It was the provision a waterproof polystyrene container for the noodles in 1971 that made the Cup Noodle a major success. Since then Nissin has led the global instant noodle industry since selling billions of servings every year,
Japanese newspapers and business people have been paying tribute to Mr Ando: "He was a self-made man who developed an epoch-making instant noodle product and spread it to all corners of the world," according to Akio Nomura, chairman of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Kyodo news agency.
Mr Ando remained active until just days before his death, giving a New Year's speech to Nissin employees and having a lunch of Chicken Ramen with company executives.
I will freely admit that I used to eat pot noodles by the ton and enjoy them too (well sort of...honest!) so I could hardly fail to acknowledge the passing of their inventor. Momofuku Ando, I salute you!
Momofuku Ando pot noodles