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Dr. Minoru Shirota succeeds in culturing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota at the University of Kyoto in Kyoto, Japan. This accomplishment makes him the first person to successfully identify and culture a probiotic strain strong enough to survive the body’s harsh stomach acids and reach the intestines alive where it may have beneficial effects on the body. The Shirota strain is the exclusive probiotic strain found only in Yakult products.
Yakult is manufactured and introduced to the market.
The Yakult Research Institute is founded in Kyoto, Japan. Yakult scientists continue to focus their efforts on developing the applications of intestinal bacteria to help maintain health and prevent diseases.
Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. is established in Tokyo, Japan.
Yakult launches its unique Yakult Ladies system of door-to-door distribution.
Yakult Co., Ltd. Taiwan begins operations as the company's first overseas operation.
The Yakult Central Institute for Microbiological Research is established in Tokyo, Japan.
Yakult's state-of-the-art manufacturing center in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil is inaugurated. It is the first Yakult factory outside of Asia.
Company stocks are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Yakult Mexico begins operations.
Fuji Susono Plant is completed for dairy-product manufacturing.
The Yakult BioScience Foundation is established in the Netherlands.
Yakult begins selling in Australia.
Yakult enters its first European market - The Netherlands.
The cancer prevention efficacy of Lactobacillus casei Shirota is announced at the 58th General Meeting of the Japan Cancer Society.
Yakult enters select Asian markets in the United States.
Yakult enters select Hispanic markets in the Western United States.
The Yakult Honsha European Research Center for Microbiology, ESV (YHER) is established in Belgium. It is Yakult’s first overseas research center.
In Southern California and Las Vegas, Yakult sells in its first general market grocery stores.
Yakult expands to general market stores in Northern California and Phoenix, Arizona.
Yakult expands to general market stores in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Yakult begins selling in general market stores in Utah.
Select Hispanic retailers in the Chicago area begin selling Yakult probiotic drinks.
Yakult Light is introduced in the US and Canada
Yakult USA's headquarters are relocated to Fountain Valley, CA