Yakult’s sweetened probiotic milk beverages, presented in iconic palm-sized bottles with glossy foil covers, have earned a name for themselves all over the globe. Yakult has been advertised as a healthful beverage to help stabilize proper gut flora since its introduction in 1935, with each bottle containing more than 10 billion Lactobacillus paracasei Shirota bacteria.
With a new pop-up store planned to debut on June 1 in Tokyo’s fashionable Shibuya 109 location, the company is venturing out to bring its beneficial bacteria to the dessert world. The Yakult Ice Cream Shop will be located at Shibuya 109’s Imada Kitchen, where they’ll be combining their renowned ice creams, soft serves, and milkshakes with the probiotic drink to create a completely new range of menu items never seen before.
What is Yakult?
The procedure of making drink is identical to that of manufacturing yogurt, with the main difference being the consistency of the two. Simply put, the product is identical to yogurt although it is liquid. The consistency of it is like that of drinkable yogurt.
Yakult is the company’s most well-known commodity, and it was created by Japanese scientist Minoru Shirota. It has been in existence since the early 1930s, when a scientist began producing and selling it as a “yogurt-like beverage” — a novel concept at the time. It took approximately three decades for it to be commercialized outside of Japan since it did not immediately attract consumers’ attention.
Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and other Asian countries now have manufacturing operations. The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman all have manufacturing plants. There is also a large amount of manufacture throughout Europe, including Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and many more countries. It’s also made for South America in Brazil and Uruguay. It’s made in both Canada and the United States.
Interesting Facts the Yakult Drink
- Different countries have different bottle sizes
- The company hires ladies to sell their products door-to-door to homes and even offices
- In Japan, more types of their products are sold for different purposes
- It is part of many Japanese schools to have the drink for lunch
- There is a “Yakult” Chanpon Restaurant in Tokyo That Offers the drink for free with your meal
- Recycling efforts: bottles are recycled in Japan, and some countries have removed straws
- Get their Ace Light if you want to enjoy health benefits of probiotics with lower sugar
- Singapore is the only country with different flavours
Singapore is also the only country in the world that offers grape, orange, and apple flavors. The concentrated recipe is delivered to a mixing tank where it is blended with sterile water before being made into various flavors.
Isamu Kenmochi, a Japanese designer, was commissioned to design the bottle in 1968. He produced a one-of-a-kind, ageless, functional, and award-winning design inspired by Japanese Kokeshi dolls. A moulding machine produces the plastic (polystyrene) containers at a rate of seven thousand bottles per hour. Their product is available in 65ml bottles in Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Vietnam, and India, and 80ml bottles in America, Thailand, South Korea, the Philippines, and Malaysia. The serving size for the delicious drink in Singapore is 100ml (identical to China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong), making it the worlds largest.
Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. also makes beauty products in case you didn’t know. L. casei strain Shirota, as found by Dr. Shirota, also protects the skin and mucous membranes. It produces hair and body care products employing original moisturizing elements in addition to make-up and basic skin care items. Internal/external attractiveness and good digestive health, according to the firm, assist develop beautiful, healthy skin.
In Japan, there are around 4,760 Yakult Beauty Advisors that individually distribute cosmetics to customers (as of March 31, 2018). Their Beauty Advisors are well-trained in beauty care.
The company owns the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, a professional baseball team. It is a member of the Central League of Nippon Professional Baseball. It was once known as the Kokutetsu Swallows and was owned by Japanese National Railways. Nori Aoki, Tetsuo Yamada, and David Buchanan are among the players on the 2018 roster.
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