[13th December 2011]


On 8th December 2011, Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu visited the Nissin Food Products Company Ltd., at their Osaka Head-office. Established in 1958 by Momofuko Ando, the Nissin Company is globally renowned for its instant ramen noodles among other food products.

During his meeting with Mr. Toshio Shigeta (Standing Corporate Auditor) and other senior officials of the company, His Excellency expressed gratitude for the invitation to hold talks and commended them for the remarkable achievements made over the years. He encouraged them to continue with the same diligence that has earned them global success and an enviable market share in the food industry. Reiterating the historical close ties that Kenya and Japan enjoy, the Ambassador observed that Nissin’s entry into Kenya has contributed significantly in deepening further these cordial relations.

After the boardroom meeting with the Nissin officials, Ambassador Ogutu was given an extensive tour inside one of the three Nissin factory plants (Shiga factory) which are minutes away from the Nissin Research Institute. The Ambassador was guided through the entire production line from start to finish of their famous instant ramen noodles. He also observed the dedication and commitment of the plant employees in ensuring that day-to-day operations run smoothly.

Nissin has invested in Kenya as part of its global Corporate Social Responsibility activities. The company aims to perform one hundred (100) major social action programmes over the coming half century. In 2009, Nissin launched a production plant at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). This followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding which covered a period of two years.

This initiative was Nissin’s first social entrance, not only in Kenya, but also in Africa as a whole. Through this initiative, Nissin hoped to provide children in Africa suffering from food shortage with “Chicken Ramen” to alleviate their hunger. The plant processed about 1000 noodles per day which were distributed as free lunch to selected primary schools with poor students.

The project named “OISHII” not only gave the much needed boost to help alleviate the devastating hunger situation in Kenya but also played a significant role in improving the quality of education. It enhanced the performance of students as they would not have to worry about where their next meal would come from.

The Ambassador encouraged more Nissin involvement in Kenya’s development process and hoped they would consider establishing a local instant noodles production to help further boost the economic independence of the local people. He urged other Japanese potential investors to follow the Nissin example.

Ambassador Ogutu (3rd from left) with Mr. Akira Iwai, Director, Shiga Plant Production Division (4th from left)

Ambassador presents a gift to Mr. Toshio Shigeta, Standing Corporate Auditor of Nissin

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