The Yakult cultured milk drink we enjoy here in Malaysia is proudly Malaysian made, from the finest selected ingredients. Although Yakult has enjoyed 70 years of successfully promoting better health overseas, it is a new product to Malaysia. Yakult (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. commenced production in February 2004 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yakult Honsha (Japan). Yakult has committed millions of ringgit to establish and operate its Malaysian manufacturing operations in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and head office in Glenmarie, Shah Alam, respectively. The product that is marketed in Malaysia is Yakult Ace, an improved version of the standard Yakult cultured milk drink available in other countries worldwide. Yakult Ace has a higher concentration of the probiotics Lactobacillus casei Shirota and added nutrients: calcium, niacin and vitamins B6, B12 and D. Yakult (M) Sdn. Bhd. currently employs over 88 people throughout Malaysia. Our employees include production workers, sales consultants, customer service officers, administrative staff, managers and human resource personnel.
The man behind the founding of Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd was Dr. Minoru Shirota. He began developing Yakult in 1930 while he was with the Microbiology Department at Kyoto Imperial University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Shirota believed that rather than curing a disease, it was much better to build a strong body that was able to resist the disease. He turned his attention to the study of microorganisms due to his strong belief that a type of bacteria- ¡¥lactic acid bacteria is capable of contributing to our health. Dr Shirota¡’s objective was to isolate a beneficial bacterium that would be able to survive through our stomach and bile acids to arrive alive in our intestines. There it would assist the functioning of our digestive system. Subsequently, he discovered that lactobacilli could also destroy harmful bacteria that live in our intestines. Excited by this finding, he conducted an exhaustive investigation of lactobacilli, whereupon he discovered a new strain of bacteria. Early Yakult bottle This strain of bacteria – Lactobacillus casei, was found to be the most acid and bile resistant and was subsequently named Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain in honor of Dr Shirota¡’s research. It was the discovery of this bacterium that led to the birth of Yakult. In 1935, Dr. Shirota started distributing Yakult from his clinic. For the next 20 years, Yakult was produced and marketed all over Japan by a number of independent operators. Finally, in 1955, Dr Shirota founded his own company, Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd., consolidating his business by taking control of all the operations. His business plan had an overriding business objective: to promote health and bring happiness. The Yakult headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Today, Yakult is available in 28 countries and is consumed by more than 20 million people every day worldwide.
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The Yakult that we drink in Malaysia is produced from high quality, carefully selected ingredients and packaged in our modern state-of-the-art factory in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. The bacteria come from the mother culture in Japan. The local plant maintains the highest quality standards throughout the process, equivalent to the Yakult manufacturing plants in Japan. In the Yakult factory, a lot of attention is paid to the two-way communication with the consumer. People who are interested can get information in the factory, and moreover, this is unique as they can follow the whole production process from a lobby on the first floor. The walls are made of glass, which makes every step of the production process clearly visible. This shows the open character and the clear structure of the company. During factory visits a tour is given by one of the Yakult employees after an introductory presentation about the company and the product. You too can visit the Yakult factory! Just contact us and we will arrange a tour for you, your family and friends.
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