Occasionally during transit, the dried noodle block will settle lower in the cup. While it may appear that there may be a shortage or fewer noodles in the cup, please be assured that the full amount of product is in the container. The weight of each finished cup is individually measured during the production process and there are rejection systems in place to remove products that do not meet specifications. The purpose for the extra space in the Instant Lunch cup is to allow the noodles room to expand after the hot water is added. During preparation and while the hot water is in the cup, the noodles are constantly swelling and expanding so the extra space keeps the soup contained within the cup without overflowing.