College students who live off-campus and are struggling to make ends meet while getting an education have been hit with a major crisis. There is a major ramen noodle shortage and the few available packages of ramen noodles available are selling for $2.50 a package in discount stores.
Britney Wellmeyer, a Junior at Arizona State said, "I used to get 8 packages for one dollar and that would last me four days. Now I get one for two dollars and fifty cents and that is for only one meal.
Doug Reasons, Grocery Manager at the Kroger in Ann Arbor, MI, said that he has noticed a sharp decrease of college students shopping in his store. The few that still shop in the supermarket are also looking for work.
A spokesperson at Nissin foods released a statement saying that the sharp increase in ramen noodles has to do with a sharp increase in the flour for the noodles and an equally sharp increase in the price of all the chemicals used to make the noodles stay fresh.