The School of Management, GD Goenka University, organised an industrial visit to Yakult’s probiotic factory at Rai, Sonepat, India for Semester two students of MBA, BBA, BCom and Post Graduate Diplomas on 7th February, 2018.

Yakult Danone India (P) Ltd is a 50:50 JV between Yakult Honsha, Japan and Groupe Danone of France, both of which are global probiotic leaders. The JV was formed in 2005 to manufacture and sell probiotic products in the Indian market. Yakult, a probiotic drink was launched in India in 2007, and is presently available in Delhi/NCR, Nasik, Chandigarh, Punjab, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Lucknow. Yakult is manufactured at an ISO 9001:2008, HACCP and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified manufacturing facility in Sonepat, Haryana in India..

The visit was coordinated by Dr. Arun Sacher (Dean SOM), Mr Rajneesh Kler and Dr. Parul Sinha. Build on 8 acres of land the Yakult’s plant has a total production capacity of 1 million bottles per day. The visit started with brief presentation of the company by Mr. Aadish. He took students around various facility centres and departments and explained each major operations in detail. Students saw the state-of-the art automated manufacturing processes following strict quality control measures. Yakult’s exclusive probiotic LcS increases the number of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and makes it difficult for the harmful ones to take over. With over 6.5 billion LcS in each bottle, Yakult has among the highest concentration of probiotics in the market.

In the end Mr. Aadish addressed all questions of the students and explained about the career opportunities in this sector. The trip was very informative, enriching and provided great learning experience to the students. It gave students an exposure to the Multinational Company’s environment, its Production, Processing, Management, Human Resource Development and Environment concerns. Students learned about the Quality Standards and Practices and got a holistic view of the company’s processes and strategies.

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