This Japanese probiotic milk drink has found a special place in the bellies and of Filipinos. The sweet drink always came in cutesy bottles known for its distinct curves. Of course, we’re talking about the beloved Yakult.
Nowadays, it’s common to find a pack of Yakult in Filipino homes, and the small bottles always have a dedicated spot in Philippine supermarkets. Sure, it may not be everyone’s favorite, but it is a truth that many, many Filipinos enjoy the health-boosting milk drink. In fact, around 3 million bottles are sold in the country each day!
Allow us to bring the good news for the population who enjoys Yakult: the company is set to start the construction of a second plant in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.
Yakult Philippines Inc. started the construction of the second plant on June 15, 2021. The first one was built in 1978 and is in Calamba, Laguna. The completion of the El Salvador plant will bring the Philippines’ production of Yakult from 4.2 million bottles a day to 5.8 million, Yakult and Yakult Light combined.
Furthermore, the company plans to expand the factory subsequently and they expect the maximum production capacity to shoot up to 3.2 million bottles per day, which would bring the new total to 7.4 million.
A news release from Yakult revealed that the new plant will have a total floor area of about 26,000 square meters (2.6 hectares) in an impressive site lot of almost 42,000 square meters (4.2 hectares). The factory is expected to be up and running by January 2023.
While the completion may be more than a year away, the expansion will enable stronger sales in Visayas and Mindanao. Misamis Oriental is also expected to see a boost in local economy and employment as more slots will be opened to add to Yakult’s roster of 1,385 strong, as of their count last March 2021.
This new factory will definitely help us keep saying “Yes!” to the famous tagline and question, “Okey ka ba tiyan?”