Author: Yakult

About Your Gut – 肠道健康手册

Ever wondered about your child’s digestive function or your own? Your gut plays so many important roles in keeping your body functioning well. In a recent campaign, we received numerous questions from mums on all things gut related.

To support the amazing mums who got in touch with us and to help keep your family’s digestive system in top shape we have created a simplified Chinese booklet on Intestinal Health.

This resource has been specially published in the mandarin language. The content includes a quick quiz to find out your intestinal age, the different types of poo and what it means, tips to prevent constipation, the inside guide on how to choose quality probiotics, a sample meal plan for when starting solids in infants and information about the benefits of probiotics like Yakult.

Includes bonus content on:

  • The reason why constipation is common among pregnant women
  • Tips for taking probiotics
  • The difference between yoghurt, fermented drinks, Yakult and milk

If you found this resource useful, please share the goodness of intestinal health with your family and friends. Want more content like this? Drop us a message.

Click the image below to download your copy here:



Bring in the Year of the OX!

On February the 12th 2021, more than 20% of the world’s population will be celebrating Chinese New Year. Although popular in Asian countries, large Lunar New Year celebrations are also held in England, the USA and Australia. It is well worth checking out your local Chinatown to join in the parades, lion dances and delicious food during this celebration.

Chinese New Year dates back about 3,500 years ago. It brings families together when they gather for family reunion dinners on the eve of the celebration. Like most traditional festivals celebrated around the world, it is infused with symbolism, stories and traditions.

Here are some unique elements of Chinese New Year recreated with empty Yakult bottles that we hope you find interesting.

The colour RED
Red is a vital colour of this celebration. Red is thought to be the colour of good luck, believed to scare bad fortune away creating a festive and colourful mood. You will find decorations adorned in this colour, along with lucky red envelopes containing money known as ‘hongbao’ literally translated to mean red packets given to children.

Lanterns are a symbol of good luck and prosperity often used as decorations. Chinese New Year runs for 16 days and always ends with the Spring Lantern Festival.
In ancient China, unmarried women were not allowed out on their own. During the night of the lantern festival they were allowed to stroll freely, lighting lanterns, moon gazing and socialising with individuals of the opposite gender. For this reason, the last day of this celebration is also known as the “Chinese Valentine’s Day”.

Dragon Dance
The dragon dance was traditionally performed to scare evil spirits away and to encourage rain in ancient times. Today the dance is mostly presented for entertainment escorted by musicians playing traditional gongs and drums to usher in good luck and wealth, not only during Chinese New Year but also at auspicious occasions such as at weddings and new business ventures.

Year of the OX
The year 2021 ushers in the year of the ox. In Chinese culture, the ox is a valued animal because of its role in agriculture. It is bestowed with positive attributes – hardworking, persistent, trustworthy and loyal.

It is thought the year 2021 will encourage us to work hard diligently with positivity and honesty, as we come together as a global community to overcome the challenges of the previous year.

This festive season, Yakult Australia wishes you a Happy Lunar New Year and Prosperous year of the Ox!
春节快乐, 牛年大吉!!

Click the Craft Tab for instructions on how to create your own Chinese New Year inspired and other Yakult bottle craft.


Careers at Yakult

Australia Pty. Ltd. currently employs over 120 people throughout Australia and New Zealand to carry out all areas of the business operations.

Our purpose built factory and head office complex is situated in Dandenong, Victoria, with sales offices in Northmead (NSW), Acacia Ridge (QLD), Edwardstown (SA), Malaga (WA) and Penrose (Auckland, NZ).

Yakult employees are part of the international Yakult group. Approximately 180 companies are engaged in the bottling and marketing of Yakult products. These companies are linked into a worldwide network centred around Yakult’s Head Office in Tokyo.

If you are interested in working at Yakult Australia, all current positions are advertised on Seek

You may also forward general employment inquiries to the contact details below:

Human Resources Department
Yakult Australia Pty. Ltd.
Locked Bag 1403
Dandenong South VIC 3164
Phone: 03 9238 4700
Fax: 03 9238 4799

Spot the Difference- Answers

Did you spot all seven differences in our previous and current packs from last month’s blog?

We have updated our packaging to align with global branding of Yakult and to ensure our packaging is in line with the latest Australia food labeling requirements.

Take a look at the answers below!

Regardless of the changes in packaging, our Yakult logo will always be present. If you can spot the Yakult logo, you can be confident that you are choosing a high quality probiotic fermented milk drink!

Can you Spot the Difference?

Recently we received a delivery of display Yakult packs from all around the world which allowed us to update our display cabinet in the Yakult Head Office foyer.

Our manufacturing factory in Dandenong, Victoria produces Yakult for all of Australia and New Zealand. We regularly update our packs to keep up to date with Australian Food Labeling Laws. Yakult Australia only produce fermented milk products with the Yakult logo on the front of the pack. Over the years there has been subtle changes to our Yakult logo also. Can you spot the differences?

Check out July’s blog for the answers!

Inside Matters- Issue 31: Have you tried our NEW Yakult LIGHT?

Yakult Australia’s biannual newsletter, Inside Matters, is produced for our consumers to keep up-to-date with the latest news about what’s happening at our Dandenong factory and information on Yakult and probiotics.

In this Autumn edition, we talk about our newly reformulated Yakult LIGHT which has been available since November 2017 and our new packaging for both Yakult Original and Yakult LIGHT with Country of Origin statement.

Our dietitian has also provided some tips on dairy myth busting and answering your question regarding suitability of Yakult for lactose intolerance.

Love to find out more? Join our emailing list for an electronic copy of Inside Matters today!

If you would like to receive an email with the latest issue of Inside Matters, please send your name and email address to info@yakult.com.au and we will make sure you receive the latest issues of Inside Matters as they come out!

Don’t let the flu catch you!

After experiencing one of Australia’s worse flu seasons last year, we would hate for that to happen again!

Here are 5 tips to reduce your risk of catching or (if you have already caught it) spreading the flu this season.

1. Hands Clean
You are most likely to touch your eyes, mouth or nose with your hands. This is a common way for germs and viruses to spread. Reduce the risk by regularly washing your hands with soap and water or disinfect with alcohol-base hand rub.

2. Kill it before it Spreads
Surfaces and objects can be contaminated by germs and viruses. Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces to reduce risk of contracting the flu virus.

3. Catch it, Don’t Spread it
Flu viruses can be spread through droplets made when an infected person coughs, sneezes and talks. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and bin it immediately. Remember to wash your hands afterwards!

4. Keep your Distance
Some sacrifices are needed for the wellbeing of all. Don’t stay too close to those who are sick and limit contact with others while you are sick.

5. A little help from a Probiotic
Your gut makes up about 70% of your immune system and can play an important role in fighting harmful bacteria and viruses. Probiotics can help maintain a balanced digestive system. Research suggests that probiotics may be able to reduce the risk of contracting upper respiratory tract infections (eg. common cold) or reduce its duration.

Drinking one bottle of Yakult a day, at any time of the day, is an effective way to maintain a balance of good bacteria in the digestive system.

We hope you and your family stay well and escape the flu this coming winter!

Happy Easter

From all of us here at Yakult Australia, may this year’s Easter bring you hope and joy.

If you are going to be in Victoria and you are looking for a different activity to do with the kids over the school holidays, come to our factory in Dandenong! Bring your family and friends and discover how these little bottles are made.

Our factory tours are FREE, but bookings are essential. Please call our free line on 1800 640 023 or visit yakult.com.au for more information.

If you are in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand, don’t forget to turn your clock back an hour on 1st April as Daylight Saving Time ends!

Rebels and Yakult Renew Partnership

Left to Right in the photo: Mr David Whatley and Mr Kenji Ono (Company Directors of Yakult Australia), Mr Baden Stephenson (CEO of Melbourne Rebels) and Mr Amanaki Mafi (Melbourne Rebels Player)

Yakult Australia and Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby team have renewed our partnership ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season.

Yakult will continue to be the Rebel’s official daily probiotic drink, after a successful 2017 season. With our Yakult logo featuring again on the four goal posts as well as half time activities of home games for the Rebels and other exciting opportunities.

“Yakult have been a valued long-term partner of the Rebels and I am really excited that we are bringing this partnership to life through mutual commercial, community and potential rugby opportunities,” Rebels CEO Mr Baden Stephenson said.

“We hope this partnership extends beyond the norm for commercial sports sponsorship, we’ve teamed up with Yakult with the aim to deliver a valuable partnership for both organisations on and off the rugby field.”

Yakult Australia’s Managing Director Mr. Kenji Ono said: “We are delighted to renew our partnership with the Melbourne Rebels. The Rebels are dedicated to their community and to excellence, values that are shared by Yakult, so we are excited to work together to deliver success for both organisations.”

We wish the Melbourne Rebels luck in their 2018 season.

(Quote and Image Source: Melbourne Rebels; melbournerebels.com)