Why Yakult Comes Only In Small Bottles

By | February 15, 2011

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Yakult, aside from being healthy, is also one of the tastiest ready-to-drink milk out there in the local market. I italicized “milk” because it’s not your typical milk – it’s actually probiotic milk.

That means it’s cultured – in other words, it has beneficial bacteria in it (say it with me: Lactobacilli Shirota strain). And that’s the main reason why Yakult comes only in small bottles. Why? Let me explain further.

When you open a bottle of Yakult, it becomes exposed to airborne bacteria. If you leave it open long enough, then it becomes infected and the “good bacteria” in Yakult becomes compromised. And you don’t want that to happen.

So if Yakult came in 1 liter bottles, then you would have to finish all of it in one sitting or else the benefits you get from it diminishes with each delay in consumption.

Moreover, one reason why Yakult comes in small bottles is because that amount (80ml or so) already contains all the “good bacteria” you need for the day.

Which leads to another frequently asked question about Yakult…

Is it safe to drink more than a bottle of Yakult in a day?

I remember a field trip to Yakult Philippines when I was a kid (yes, I was lucky to see their plant in Laguna) and one of the managers there said that it’s perfectly safe to drink more than one bottle of Yakult in a day.

However, he said that doing this won’t give you significant additional benefits. And by the end of the day, you just have one less Yakult bottle to drink for the rest of the week – you can buy more, but that would be costly in the long run.

Are you really telling the truth?

Of course I am. Here’s what Yakult Malaysia has to say about this:

Why is the Yakult bottle so small?

  • One small bottle of Yakult contains over 30 billion live Yakult bacteria, more than enough to keep us healthy each day. Yakult is not a ‘thirst-quencher’.
  • Yakult should be used additionally, and not instead of, other products like yogurt and milk. It is comfortable to have Yakult in a small bottle so you can enjoy Yakult everyday as part of a balanced diet.
  • A smaller bottle is more hygienic. A larger bottle that is not finished might be kept open, thus has a bigger risk of infection with other bacteria.

See I told you I’m telling the truth. 😀



12 thoughts on “Why Yakult Comes Only In Small Bottles

  1. khanto

    sa thailand may malaking yakult. Anhirap ubusin kaso kailangan. bawal kasi ang liquid drinks sa airport. wahahah

  2. Madz

    I’ve been asking that question myself for what seems to be longest time. If that’s really the case, which I believe is valid naman, how come other countries sell it in larger bottles? 😐

  3. Kat Ang

    Yakult in small bottles is also a good marketing strategy – you keep on craving for more 🙂

  4. Fitz Post author

    I think in countries where there are larger bottles of Yakult are really big consumers of the product – like everyone in the family drinks it.

    Dito kasi sa Pilipinas, “pambata” ang mindset for Yakult.

  5. Jool

    yay for this! 🙂 sometimes 2 yakult per day ako eh. pero mas maganda talaga kung isa lang per day. 🙂 thanks for the info.

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  7. alex

    saw Yakult sold on Singapore being bigger than what is being sold here in PI.

  8. dokwayne

    I thought it was only a packaging strategy. Since it is small you want some more. Thank you for the info.

  9. jeh

    napakasarap kaya ng yakult. araw araw ako nainom. dpt may maling bote na ng yakult sa pinas

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