15 May 2013
A TV ad for Yakult yoghurt drink has been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog for implying health benefits that were not supported by an approved health claim.
13 May 2013
Japanese dairy products group Yakult has forecast rising annual revenue and earnings after seeing sales and profits grow in its last financial year.
26 April 2013
Danone and Japanese probiotic drinks group Yakult Honsha have ended a long-standing alliance and replaced it with a looser "cooperation framework".
6 February 2013
Danone has confirmed it will not make a hostile move to up its stake in Japanese probiotic drinks group Yakult Honsha.
19 December 2012
Yakult Honsha is set to exit Argentina after failing to achieve a profit in the country.
9 November 2012
Danone has declined to comment on reports it has resumed talks about potentially taking a larger stake in Japanese probiotic drinks manufacturer Yakult Honsha Co.
9 November 2012
Japan's Yakult Honsha Co. has invested in its fourth production facility in China.
9 November 2012
Japan's Yakult Honsha Co. said foreign exchange hit profits in the second quarter of its fiscal year.
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26 October 2012
Featured reports from the just-food research store include global food and grocery retailing and functional food marketing in Asia Pacific.
15 May 2012
Japanese probiotic drinks manufacturer Yakult Honsha Co. has reportedly said it does not want top stakeholder Danone to lift its shareholding on concerns it might affect its independence.
13 September 2011
It is safe to say that each and every consumer will suffer from digestive system discomfort at some point during his or her lifetime, whether it be a transient complaint or symptomatic of a more serious ailment. No age or ethnic group is unaffected, which makes the digestive health platform one of the most widely applicable of all health and wellness positionings.
29 July 2011
Japanese probiotic drinks manufacturer Yakult has revealed a plan to further expand in emerging markets including China, India and Brazil.
12 July 2011
Danone and Yakult in India have confirmed that they are looking for possible distribution synergies through a test in Pune city.
21 April 2011
Demand for healthier food is a mainstay of the industry landscape in markets like the UK but it is increasingly gaining traction in emerging markets. Euromonitor International's Mickael Dominguez analyses the growth of the health and wellness category in India.
28 February 2011
There are two ways of looking at the impact of what is often described as the ‘health and wellness' trend in food consumption. It can either be about consumers deciding or being persuaded to take certain things out of their diet or alternatively putting more of other types of food into their diet.
17 December 2010
Probiotics, the food phenomenon sceptical campaigners love to hate, are back in the news.
22 October 2010
Commodity costs may not be reaching the levels seen in 2007 but there are signs of growing pressure on food manufacturers. In this month's just-food interview, Groupe Doux CEO Guy Odri explained why the poultry giant is urging retailers to push through price increases. Elsewhere this week, Yakult failed in its attempt to get EU clearance for health claims, food ingredients maker Ajinomoto defended aspartame from the critics and Mars Inc explained it is planning to realign its chocolate business worldwide.
22 October 2010
Mars' plans to restructure its global chocolate operations have grabbed your attention this week. Meanwhile, just-food visited food-industry expo SIAL in Paris and, among others, interviewed the boss of European poultry giant Groupe Doux.
20 October 2010
Japanese dairy firm Yakult has said it will continue to conduct human studies to back-up the health benefits of its probiotic products, after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) cast doubt on health claims for probiotics.
20 October 2010
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has expressed doubt about the effectiveness of probiotic drinks and yoghurts in aiding consumers' digestion.
14 September 2010
Japanese dairy group Yakult Honsha Co. is shaking up its domestic production network with the establishment of a new plant and the end of manufacturing at three others.
14 May 2010
Probiotic drinks maker Yakult has increased its full-year profits despite a fall in annual sales.
15 February 2010
Danone has launched a flavoured milk in India, marking the French food giant’s first dairy launch in the country.
22 January 2010
Japanese probiotics maker Yakult plans to expand its operations in the US with the opening of its first production facility in the market.
14 October 2009
The news today that a TV ad for Danone's Actimel yoghurt has been banned by the UK’s advertising watchdog provides a further example of the controversy that has dogged the probiotics sector. Ben Cooper reports on a market that has somehow managed to attract growth and scepticism in equal measure.
2 October 2009
A number of health claims for ‘probiotic’ drinks and yoghurts have been rejected by Europe's food safety watchdog.
7 September 2009
Yakult Danone India is expanding distribution of its probiotic yoghurt drink, the company confirmed today (7 September).
21 August 2009
Newly-formed US functional food group Waypharm USA plans to launch products in "several" food categories in the next three years, its CEO has told just-food.
15 May 2009
Yakult Honsha Co., the Japan-based firm behind the namesake probiotic drink, has posted a 32% fall in annual earnings – and forecast that profits would slide again in the year ahead.
17 April 2009
Danone has formally exited its Indian joint venture with the Wadia Group, selling its stake in biscuit maker Britannia Industries to the family-owned conglomerate. While the company has indicated that it intends to continue its push into the Indian market, the French group will have taken some important lessons from its history of failed joint ventures in emerging markets. Katy Humphries reports.