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Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd. is an international food company. Founded by Minoru Shirota in 1935, Yakult is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange under the stock code 2267. Danone is a minority shareholder in the business. The head office for Yakult is located in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

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Simon Harvey | 14 Feb 2018

French dairy giant Danone plans to reduce its 21.29% stake in Japanese probiotic drinks firm Yakult Honsha Co. to 7% as part of its continued "focus on disciplined capital allocation''.

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Simon Harvey | 25 Jul 2017

Yakult will start building its third plant in China this month, with production of the Japanese company's namesake probiotic drink slated to begin in March 2019.

John Shepherd | 16 May 2017

Japanese probiotics group Yakult has reported its annual results - including lower sales but higher earnings - and outlined its revenue and operating profit targets for the next three years.

Dean Best | 11 Nov 2016

Japanese probiotics group Yakult has lowered its forecasts for annual sales and earnings after seeing its top and bottom lines worsen in the first six months of the financial year amid pressure from exchange rates.

John Shepherd | 1 Aug 2016

Japanese probiotics group Yakult has reported a 28.3% fall in profits for the first quarter of its 2017 financial year amid falling sales.

Julian Ryall | 16 May 2016

Yakult plans to launch a production facility on the outskirts of Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon by next year.

Dean Best | 10 May 2016

Yakult, the Japanese probiotics group, has reported higher annual sales and earnings, driven by growth in Asia and Oceania.

Dean Best | 1 Feb 2016

Yakult has reported higher nine-month profits as an increase in overseas sales offset a decline at home.

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Nov 2015

Yakult has announced an increase in first-half sales and profits, helped by its businesses outside Japan.

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

The results announced this week included improving sales and profits at Yakult, better earnings but lower sales at US poultry group Pilgrim's Pride and growth at Mexican dairy processor Grupo Lala.

Raghavendra Verma | 24 Jul 2015

The Indian venture between Danone and Yakult is expanding its production capacity of probiotic fermented milk in response to rising demand.

Katy Askew | 30 Jan 2015

Japanese probiotics company Yakult booked an increase in third-quarter sales and earnings driven by strong overseas growth.

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Dec 2014

The much-awaited campylobacter tests on supermarket chicken in the UK were published this week. On the mergers and acquisitions side, Abraaj raised its bid yet again for Bisco Misr. Conversely, Danone was reported to be mulling a sale of its shares in the Yakult business and Kerry Group was reportedly looking to offload its frozen ready-meals arm in the UK. Meanwhile, Ireland's Greencore published some strong annual results. Here is the week in quotes.

Dean Best | 26 Nov 2014

Danone is reportedly weighing up whether to sell its 20% stake in Japanese group Yakult.

Julian Ryall | 12 Nov 2014

The Indonesian unit of Japanese probiotic drinks giant Yakult has confirmed it will expand its production facility in East Java to meet growing demand in the country.

Dean Best | 7 Nov 2014

Yakult has lifted its forecasts for annual sales and earnings after an increase in revenue and profits in the Japanese group's second quarter.

Dean Best | 3 Sep 2014

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Katy Askew | 21 May 2014

Japanese probiotics group Yakult has established its first US manufacturing facility in Fountain Valley, California.

Michelle Russell | 6 Sep 2013

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Dean Best | 31 Jul 2013

First-quarter profits have jumped at probiotics group Yakult on the back of higher sales at home and abroad.

Michelle Russell | 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.

Dean Best | 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.

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