The scientist Dr Shirota, spent many years investigating microorganisms, in 1930 he succeeded in discovering aunique strain of lactic acid bacteria that was robust enough to survive through the intestines. He used this strain, now known as Lactobacillus caseiShirota, to make a fermented milk drink – and so, in 1935, the first bottle of Yakult wasproduced!
Yakult started a production plant in Almere, in the Netherlands. Also the Netherlands was the first country in Europe to be chosen to start selling Yakult. Why was Almere/NL chosen to be the Yakult distribution point and first selling area in Europe? Well, Almere has the best quality of water, it has a central location for distribution around Europe and the Dutch are well-known for their love and knowledge of dairy products