Company Outline

Corporate name
Yakult Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd.
Description of business
Manufacturing and sales of Galactooligosaccharides (GOS), enzyme preparations, functional foods, and cosmetic materials.
President & CEO
Kouichi Hirano
Stockholder
Yakult honsha Co., Ltd. (100%)
Paid-in capital
50 million yen
Date incorporated
1986

History

1956
Initiated the research of enzymes for the purpose of producing glucose. (Kinki Yakult Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)
1961
Initiated the production and sales of enzyme preparations for food processing. (Kinki Yakult Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)
1967
Initiated the production and sales of enzyme preparations for medical use. (Kinki Yakult Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)
1975
Succeeded the operation of Kinki Yakult Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.)
1976
Discovered galacto-oligosaccharides in the development process of lactose-degrading enzyme. (Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.)
1978
Succeeded in developing a plant called Pomato, which grows as potatoes below ground and tomatoes above ground, by using Yakult’s cell fusion technology utilizing enzymes at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.
1986
Established Yakult Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd., as a subsidiary of Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., by spinning off its sales department of enzyme preparations.
1989
Launched a galacto-oligosaccharide product "Oligomate".
2009
Acquired a Yakult’s group company Nihon Chlorella Co.,Ltd.
2010
Obtained GRAS certification for Oligomate.
TOS propionate agar medium (TOS medium), a selective medium for enumerating bifidobacteria, is certified as an official medium for enumerating bifidobacteria by the International Organization for Standardization and the International Dairy Federation. (ISO 29981/IDF 220)
2012
Obtained Kosher certification for Oligomate.
2013
Obtained HALAL certification for Oligomate.
Obtained marketing authorization in the EU for Oligomate.

Office location

Head office

5-11, Izumi, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo, 186-8650 Japan
fax: +81-42-573-1682

Tokyo branch

10-30, Kaigan 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-8664 Japan
fax: +81-3-5401-5120
E-mail:yakultph@nifty.com