HISTORY

  • History 2014

    Yakult U.S.A. Inc. California Factory opens

  • History 1968

    Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota affirmed GRAS (Generally Recoginized as Safe) Status by FDA

  • History 2007

    The name of the company in the U.S. changed to Yakult U.S.A. Inc.

  • History 2005

    Microbiological Research Center is established in Europe (Belgium)

  • History 1998

    Yakult is approved as "Food for Specific Health Uses" by Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare

  • History 1990

    Yakult International (U.S.A.) is established

  • History 1986

    Fuji Susono dairy product manufacturing plant is completed

  • History 1981

    Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. is listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

  • History 1978

    Yakult Swallows win first Japanese Professional Baseball League Championship

  • History 1972

    New Headquarters building is completed in Minato-ku, Tokyo

  • History 1968

    Yakult's iconic Plastic bottle is introduced

  • History 1967

    Yakult Central Institute for Microbiological Reserch is established in Kunitachi, Tokyo

  • History 1964

    Yakult Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) opens, Yakult's first overseas business begins

  • History 1963

    Yakult Lady home delivery begins

  • History 1955

    Yakult Research Institute is established in Kyoto

  • History 1955

    Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Headquarters) is established

  • History 1935

    Yakult is introduced to the market in Japan

  • History 1930

    Dr. Minoru Shirota successfully cultured Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota