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Thai Instant Noodle Makers Seeking First Price Hike in 14 Years

  • Instant noodles are considered a ‘controlled good’ in Thailand
  • Producers say they are selling lowest-price packs at a loss
Instant noodles for sale at a supermarket in Bangkok, Thailand.

Instant noodles for sale at a supermarket in Bangkok, Thailand.

Photographer: Sirachai Arunrugstichai/Getty Images

Thai instant noodle makers petitioned the government on Tuesday to let them raise retail prices for the first time in 14 years, saying higher production costs have cut their returns. 

Instant noodles have long been a staple for low-income households and are among Thailand’s controlled goods because of their importance. Their standing has only increased with inflation hovering at a 14-year high.