Yakult to build factory in U.S., expand beverage

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TORRANCE, CALIF. — Japanese company Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. has announced plans to build its first U.S. production facility by 2012 and extend sales of Yakult, its probiotic drink.

“We are very satisfied with the progress and impact Yakult has been making in the U.S. market and hope it continues,” said Yoshihiro Kawabata, head of the company’s international business division. “While the sales are impressive, our company stays true to its mission — to help improve the health and happiness of people everywhere.”

The company is expanding Yakult to the Midwest and East coast after experiencing stable growth at retail chains such as Kroger, Safeway, Supervalu and Wal-Mart on the West coast.

Yakult was first introduced in the U.S. mainstream market in September 2007. The company currently is importing the beverage from Guadalajara, Mexico, its closest plant to U.S. borders. No location for a U.S. factory has been determined yet.

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