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Indomie is a brand of instant noodle produced by the Indonesian company Indofood. Indofood itself is the largest instant noodle producer in the world with 16 factories. Over 15 billion packets of Indomie are produced annually. Indomie is also exported to more than 90 countries around the world. Indofood's key export markets are Australia, New Zealand, India, Iraq, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, East Timor, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the United States, Taiwan, Egypt, Syria, and countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Indomie has been produced mainly in Indonesia since it was first introduced in 1972, Indomie has also been produced in Nigeria since 1995. Indomie has also been increasingly popular in Nigeria and other African countries.
Indomie's name is derived from "indo" for "Indonesia" and "mie", the Indonesian word for "noodles".
Instant noodles were introduced into the Indonesian market in 1969. Indofood is one of Indonesia's largest pre-packaged food companies which was founded in 1982 by Sudono Salim (1916–2012), an Indonesian tycoon who also owned Bogasari Flour Mills.
The Indomie instant noodle brand was first produced in 1972 by PT Sanmaru Food Manufacturing Co. Ltd. with the Indomie Kuah Rasa Kaldu Ayam (chicken broth) flavour and followed by the Indomie Kuah Rasa Kari Ayam (chicken curry) flavour in 1980. In 1982, PT Sanmaru Food launched its first dry variant (served without soup), Indomie Mi Goreng (fried noodle), which quickly became popular in the Indonesian market.
In 1984, PT Sanmaru Food was acquired by PT Sarimi Asli Jaya, which was owned by Bogasari flour mills, before they merged into PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk in 1994. Indomie accounted for around 70 per cent of the instant noodle market in Indonesia in 2010.
Indomie won several awards including the Lausanne Index Prize (L.I.P.), Indonesia Best Brand Award (IBBA), the Most Effective Ad award, the Indonesia Consumer Satisfaction Award (ICSA), and the Indonesia Best Packaging Award.
Indomie noodles come in a variety of brands and flavours. The brand is divided into five product categories: Indomie goreng (fried noodle served without soup), Indomie kuah (with soup), Kuliner Indonesia (Indonesian cuisine), Mi Keriting (premium curly noodle), and Hype Abis (unique spicy flavours). Many of the Indomie flavours were created by Nunuk Nuraini, an employee in the instant noodle division of Indofood.
Indomie noodle soup flavours include Rasa Ayam Bawang (onion chicken flavour), Rasa Ayam Spesial (special chicken flavour), Rasa Kaldu Ayam (chicken broth flavour), Rasa Kaldu Udang (shrimp flavour), Rasa Kari Ayam (chicken curry flavour, also available with fried onion in Java and Bali islands of Indonesia), Rasa Soto Mie (Soto mie or vegetable flavour), and Rasa Soto Spesial (Special Soto flavour with Koya powder). There is also Beef and Vegetables (vegetarian) noodle soup flavours in some export markets.
The Mi Goreng (stir fry) line of instant noodles by Indomie, based on the Indonesian dish mie goreng (fried noodle), entered the market in 1983 and is distributed in North America, Europe, Africa, Australasia, and various regions in Asia. The brand flavours are sold in varying weight packets of around 85 grams (3 oz) and contain two sachets of flavourings. The first sachet has three segments and carries the liquid condiments: sweet soy sauce, chili sauce, and seasoning oil with fried onion flakes. The other sachet has two segments for dry seasoning powder and flake of fried shallot. In some regions, Mi Goreng is also available in Jumbo (large) packs, a larger variant with a net weight of 127–129 grams (4.48-4.55 oz).
The line is available in Mi Goreng (original fried noodle, also available with fried onion and chili sauce in Java and Bali islands of Indonesia, as well in Australia, Canada, and the United States), Mi Goreng Pedas (hot and spicy fried noodle with fried onion), Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Panggang (barbeque chicken flavour fried noodle, available with fried onion in export markets), and Mi Goreng Rasa Sate (Satay flavour fried noodle with fried onion, currently available in Taiwan and Australia). The first three flavours are also available in cup noodle variant in export markets. There is also Mi Goreng Rasa Cabe Ijo or Mi Goreng Perisa Cili Hijau (green chili flavour fried noodle, only available in Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia), Mi Goreng Rasa Iga Penyet (spicy beef ribs flavour fried noodle, available in Indonesia, Vietnam and export markets), Mi Goreng Rasa Soto (Soto flavour fried noodle, currently available in Malaysia), Mi Goreng Rasa Sambal Matah (Balinese Sambal flavour fried noodle), Mi Goreng Rasa Sambal Rica-Rica (Minahasan Sambal flavour fried noodle), and Mi Goreng Kriuuk.. Pedas (fried noodle with spicy crunchy fried onion). The latter three are only available in Indonesia. The Jumbo variant is only available in Mi Goreng (original fried noodle with fried onion), and Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Panggang (barbeque chicken flavour fried noodle with dried vegetable garnish).
Indomie Kuliner Indonesia refers to Indonesian traditional cuisine variants, such as Mi Goreng Aceh (Acehnese fried noodle with fried onion, also available in Malaysia), Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Pop (Pop chicken flavour fried noodle), Mi Goreng Rasa Cakalang (skipjack tuna flavour fried noodle), Mi Goreng Rasa Rendang (spicy beef flavour fried noodle, also available in Vietnam and export markets), Rasa Cakalang (skipjack tuna flavour), Rasa Coto Makassar (Makassarese Soto flavour), Rasa Empal Gentong (Cirebonese clay pot beef soup flavour), Rasa Mi Celor (spicy coconut shrimp noodle soup flavour), Rasa Mi Kocok Bandung (Bandung beef noodle soup flavour), Rasa Soto Banjar (Banjar Soto flavour), Rasa Soto Banjar Limau Kuit (Banjar Soto with kaffir lime flavour), Rasa Soto Lamongan (Lamongan Soto flavour), Rasa Soto Medan (Medanese Soto flavour), and Rasa Soto Padang (Padang Soto flavour).
Mi Keriting (curly noodle) is the premium variant with additional toppings. It is available in Rasa Ayam Panggang (grilled chicken flavour with separate soup), Goreng Spesial (special fried curly noodle), and Salted Egg flavour fried curly noodle. There is also Real Meat fried curly noodle variants with real chicken meat, available in Mushroom Chicken and Pepper Chicken flavours.
The Hype Abis series are the variants with unique spicy flavours that were introduced in 2019, and are only available in Indonesia. Variants include Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Geprek (spicy crushed fried chicken flavour fried noodle, introduced in early 2019), Rasa Seblak Hot Jeletot (Sundanese spicy soup flavour, introduced in early 2020), Mieghetti Rasa Bolognese (Bolognese sauce flavour spaghetti-style noodle, introduced in early 2021), and Mi Goreng Rasa Kebab Rendang (spicy beef kebab flavour fried noodles, introduced in September 2022). There was also Mi Goreng Chitato Rasa Sapi Panggang (fried noodle with Chitato beef barbeque flavour), a limited edition flavour in collaboration with Chitato potato chips brand to celebrate Chitato's 30th anniversary, available from May 2019.
In Nigeria, Indomie is available in Chicken, Onion Chicken, Chicken Pepper Soup, and Oriental Fried Noodles flavours. There is also Indomie Relish variant in Chicken Delight and Seafood Delight flavours.
Pop Mie is an instant cup noodle brand which is a sub-brand of Indomie, first introduced in Indonesia in 1991. The soup variant is available in Rasa Ayam (chicken flavour), Rasa Ayam Bawang (onion chicken flavour) Rasa Baso (meatball flavour), Rasa Kari Ayam (chicken curry flavour), and Rasa Soto Ayam (chicken soto flavour). The Pop Mie Goreng variant is available in Mi Goreng Spesial (special fried noodle) and Mi Goreng Pedas (hot and spicy fried noodle). There is also spicy variant called Pedes Dower (spicy chicken flavour noodle soup) and Pedes Gledek (spicy chicken flavour fried noodle), introduced in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and also a soup variant with dried rice called Pake Nasi, which is only available in Rasa Soto Ayam (chicken soto flavour), introduced in 2020.
Taiwanese authorities on October 7, 2010 announced that the Indomie sold there contained two prohibited preservatives, namely sodium benzoate and methyl p-hydroxybenzoate. These two elements can only be used to make cosmetics. So that all "Indomie" instant noodle products were withdrawn from the Taiwan market. Apart from Taiwan, the two leading supermarket chains in Hong Kong have temporarily stopped selling Indomie instant noodles. According to Hong Kong daily The Standard, in a report on Monday, October 11, 2010, two leading supermarkets in Hong Kong, Park n' Shop and Wellcome, pulled all Indomie products from their shelves. In addition, the Food Safety Center in Hong Kong is also conducting tests on Indomie and will follow up with importers and dealers. In addition to Taiwan, the ban also applies in Canada and Europe. According to The Standard, when the ingredients are consumed, consumers are at risk of vomiting. In addition, when consumed regularly or in substantial amounts, consumers will suffer from metabolic acidosis, or too much acid in the body.
In contrast, Indomie's Hong Kong importer, Fok Hing (HK) Trading, stated that the instant noodles are still safe to consume and meet standards in Hong Kong and the World Health Organization. This is based on the results of a quality test last June, which found no hazardous materials. Meanwhile, according to Indofood, Indomie products containing methyl p-hydroxybenzoate are not for sale in Taiwan. Indomie in Taiwan has been adjusted to regulations in Taiwan that do not use these preservatives. Indofood in its official website on Monday November 10, 2020 stated that what was reported in the media in Taiwan was an instant noodle product from Indofood, which was not actually marketed in Taiwan. Instant noodles which are considered dangerous in Taiwan are actually intended for the Indonesian market, not the Taiwan market.
The Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih in his response stated that Indomie was still safe to eat but still advised the public to reduce the consumption of instant noodles. As a result of this issue, the share price of Indofood CBP as the producer of Indomie dropped.
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