Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd. is a 50:50 Joint Venture (JV) between Yakult Honsha in Japan and Groupe Danone in France, both of which are global probiotic leaders. The JV was formed in 2005 and Yakult, a probiotic fermented milk drink was launched in India in 2008. In 2018, Yakult Light, a reduced sugar version of Yakult, with vitamin D and E was launched.
Yakult is manufactured at an ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 and HACCP certified factory in Sonepat, Haryana in North India.
Yakult is being distributed by grocery stores, e-commerce, and Yakult Ladies. Yakult Ladies are young women, who drive scooters and deliver Yakult to house customers. There are more than 300 Yakult Ladies in Delhi NCR, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Mumbai and Pune.
As a pioneer in probiotics, Yakult has formidable research capabilities and technological advances in the field of probiotics. It is backed by more than 80 years of research, and more than 100 human studies have been conducted in the world including India, on Yakult’s probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) . The studies have indicated that regular consumption of Yakult helps improve digestion and helps build immunity.