Yakult began more than 80 years ago.
Dr. Minoru Shirota, the founder of Yakult, pursed preventive medicine and succeeded in strengthening and culturing our representative strain “Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota”. He then released an inexpensive, good-tasting fermented milk drink “Yakult” in 1935 so that as many people as possible could benefit from this lactobacillus.
Today 35 million bottles of our dairy products are consumed in 38 countries and regions across the world.
Since its founding, as a pioneer in the field of Probiotics, Yakult has been expanding our operations to food and beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products that contribute to good health, and publishing many scientific evidences.
With the passionate desire of our founder passed down into each of our business, we contribute to the health and happiness of people around the world through pursuit of excellence in life science in general and our research and experience in microorganisms in particular.