New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI-NewsVoir): Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture between Yakult Honsha, Japan and Groupe Danone, France, both global leaders in probiotics, announced Bollywood celebrity Shilpa Shetty Kundra as their new Brand Ambassador.
This comes in wake of the company's concerted plans to spread the health benefits of Probiotics and Yakult among Indian consumers, which was the main highlight of the press conference held here on Tuesday.
Present on the occasion were Minoru Shimada, Managing Director, Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd., Bollywood Celebrity Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Dr. Neerja Hajela, General Manager - Science and Regulatory Affairs, Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd. In light of the fact that India is grappling with lifestyle disorders and health issues due to factors like unbalanced diet, stress, lack of sleep, inadequate physical activity, irregular working hours and improper nutrition, there is an urgent need to find solutions that can counter the growing threat.
Fascinating insights have shown that the largest immune organ of our body or the intestine is vital in determining our state of health because it contains more than 70 percent of the immune cells of the human body which improve our overall immunity and keep us protected.
In India, Yakult is being manufactured in a state of the art production facility in Sonepat, Haryana. While Yakult is the most iconic brand in Japan, China and Indonesia, India is a challenging market because of limited awareness about the benefits of probiotics.
The focus has therefore been on education in order to make Yakult a part of the daily diet for its health benefits.
This is also being reflected in the sale trend which is growing year on year and our business which operates across 13 cities presently will see a faster growth in the coming years because of Yakult's well established health benefits.
The company operates through retail and home delivery system with about 260 Yakult Ladies in India. Globally this is a very well established system with more than 80,000 Yakult ladies, called ambassadors of good health.
This system is not just about selling our product but a reflection of the company's objective of promoting good health to one and all.
"We are proud to have Shilpa Shetty as our brand ambassador as she is synonymous with good health, fitness and an active lifestyle.
Having carved a niche for herself in the health and fitness space, Shilpa is completely in sync with "Shirota-ism" our core ideology which focuses on the idea of "prevention being better than cure" and "a healthy intestine leads to a long life".
I am confident that this association will go a long way in making our brand more visible, vibrant and powerful.
With Shilpa's engagement, we are reaching out to consumers through a new television commercial and a host of new promotional activities which will help us to disseminate the health benefits of Yakult," said Shimada.
"I am very careful about my association with brands and therefore it was important for me to visit the Yakult factory to learn more about the little bottle that contains 6.5 billion Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota.
My trip to the factory at Sonepat was an eye-opener and I was very impressed with the stringent quality control and state of the art production facility which parallels global standards.
The knowledge that I gained during my visit was immense and I learned that regular consumption of Yakult is important for everyone in the family because it can improve your overall immunity by keeping your intestine strong and healthy.
Totally convinced, I make sure now that my entire family and me have Yakult every day. I feel very proud to be associated with Yakult as their brand ambassador and want more people understand its benefits," added Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra.
Globally, Probiotics have been recognized as promising gastrointestinal and immune targets that include maintenance of a healthy intestinal function, improved tolerance to antibiotics and an overall reduced risk for different diseases.
Probiotic benefits are strain specific and it is important that every probiotic is backed by its own scientific studies.
Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota, the probiotic bacteria in Yakult is backed by more than 80 years of scientific heritage with more than 100 human studies to validate its safety and health benefits.
"The intestine is being recognised as a very important organ for determining your state of health because it harbours 100 trillion organisms (intestinal flora) which weigh almost 2 kg and are referred to as the 'Forgotten Organ'.
These organisms play a very important role in ensuring proper digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, building immunity and producing essential vitamins like Vitamin B and K and keeping you protected," said Dr.
Neerja Hajela, General Manager - Science and Regulatory Affairs, Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd. "Unbalanced diet, Stress, unhygienic conditions, antibiotics, lack of sleep and pollution can disturb the balance of the intestinal flora which negatively influences our immunity making us prone to infection.
Scientific evidence has shown that Probiotics which act by favorably modulating the intestinal flora help in restoring the balance and thereby improve health and prevent disease," added Dr.