|Founded||March 28, 1953 (Japan) |
1972 (United States)
Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo
United States <brputosb ]
Maruchan (マルちゃん Maru-chan) is a Japanese brand of instant ramen noodles and related products produced by Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. The Maruchan brand is used for noodle products in Japan, and as the operating name for Toyo Suisan's division in the United States, Maruchan Inc. In 1972, Toyo Suisan entered the American market with Maruchan USA, and in 1977, established a plant in Irvine, California. Maruchan has other plants in Richmond, Virginia, and one in Bexar County, Texas. Maruchan produces over 3.6 billion packages of ramen noodle soup a year. In the United States and Mexico especially, Maruchan ramen remains widely popular.
Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd of Tokyo, Japan, founded on March 28, 1953, is a consumer packaged foods company in Japan. Toyo Suisan's effort to become an international food company brought them to the United States, where, in 1972, they established Maruchan USA. At first, Maruchan USA was only a marketing company, importing and distributing ramen from Japan. After operating for five years as a distributor of imported products, Maruchan built its own manufacturing facility in Irvine, California. By then (1977) began producing Maruchan brand ramen at the Irvine factory. Since 1977 Maruchan has grown steadily and has become an industry leader in North America, alongside other instant noodle brands such as Top Ramen and Sapporo Ichiban.
Maruchan is a Japanese word composed of two parts, maru and chan. Maru means round, as in the shape of a ball or a happy child's face. In Japanese, round has a connotation of friendliness. The word chan is an honorific suffix, used affectionately for a child or as a term of endearment.
Maruchan merchandise can be found all over online on sites including but not limited to Target.com, Amazon.com and Redbubble.com
There is also a fan-made Facebook page called "Bring Back Maruchan Tomato Ramen" dedicated to bringing back the Tomato flavor that was discontinued in 2003. Members of this group have been emailing, sending letters, posting on Facebook, and posting to twitter using the hashtag #BringBackTomato to try to persuade the company to reconsider this flavor. So far it has been to no avail. The group is dedicated however and as of June 2019 has starting tagging high-profile twitter users in an attempt to get more traction. The campaign to bring back this flavor has also seen tags to other companies including major competitor Nissin of The Original Cup Noodle. So far the campaign has not elicited any responses from the company in favor of the flavor.