Our Story

Yakult History

The company’s journey began in 1930s when the founder, Dr Minoru Shirota, a Japanese microbiologist and physician, successfully cultured a strong strain of lactic acid bacteria called the Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain which has the ability to suppress harmful bacteria in the body and produce beneficial effects.


In 1935, Yakult was introduced to the market as a cultured milk drink. Yakult was developed in accordance with Dr Shirota’s philosophy; preventive medicine, the idea that a healthy intestinal tract leads to a long life, and to offer products at a price that everyone can afford. This philosophy is continued as Shirota-ism by the

research and development activities at the Yakult Central Institute which was established in Japan since 1967.

High-quality researches were carried out at the Yakult Central Institute in Japan and the Yakult European Research Institute in Europe, mainly into beneficial micro-organisms. Yakult has expanded its product range to include a whole series of health products, such as cosmetics and medicines.

Yakult gain its popularity across the world, and in 1955, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. in Japan was established. Now, Yakult has become a trusted household brand, testified by 40 million people from over 40 countries in Europe, America, Asia, Middle East and other regions who consume Yakult’s cultured milk drinks every day.

About Yakult Malaysia

Yakult (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. was established in 2003 as a fully-owned subsidiary of Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.

The first cultured milk product launched in 2004 was Yakult Ace. This was followed by the launching of its lower sugar version cultured milk, Yakult Ace Light in 2009. In Feb 2021, Yakult Ace with its improved lower sugar formulation was introduced.

With the headquarters based in Shah Alam, Yakult (M) Sdn. Bhd has its manufacturing facility in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and sales branches in Alor Setar, Penang, Ipoh, Kuantan, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Seremban, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Bintulu and Kota Kinabalu.

Yakult Product

Both Yakult Ace and Ace Light are high quality probiotic cultured milk drinks that contain over 30 billion of live Shirota strain bacteria in every 80ml bottle. In Malaysia, Shirota strain is recognized as a probiotic bacteria by the Ministry of Health under the Food Regulations. This Shirota strain is among the strongest probiotic bacteria that is able to resist gastric juice to reach the intestines alive.

The main difference between both products is that Yakult Ace Light is 39% less sugar compared to Yakult Ace which makes it suitable for those on a low carbohydrate diet as well as adults seeking for probiotic drinks with a less sweet taste.

Both Yakult Ace and Yakult Ace Light now can be enjoyed at lower calories at 48 kcal, which is 2% of daily calorie intake (based on total calories of 2000kcal). For further information, visit website www.yakult.com.my

Learn & Redeem

Healthy eating is easy to achieve and it starts right at your plate! The Malaysian Healthy Plate (Pinggan Sihat Malaysia) is a visual guide that uses Quarter-quarter Half (Suku-suku Separuh) ratio of food groups to eat in one meal. To get the correct amount of nutrients, all you have to do is “divide” your plate into three parts:

Now that you have understood the Malaysian Healthy Plate. Let’s help Aqil, a student, to complete his healthy plate by joining the game.

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