Industrial visit to Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd., Sonepat, Haryana
Date: September 15, 2017
On 13th September, 2017 twenty students of 3rd, 5th and 7th Semester from Electrical and Electronics Engineering departments of SRM University, Sonepat visited YAKULT DANONE INDIA PVT. LTD., SONEPAT accompanied by two faculty members, Dr. Deepika Yadav and Mr. Ram Murat Singh. The objective of this industrial visit was to familiarize the students with the production and processing aspects at Yakult Danone India (P) Limited. Yakult has received ISO 9001: 2008, HACCP and OHSAS accreditation for manufacturing a safe and quality product for its consumers.
The students were welcomed by, Aadish PR Manager. Thereafter they were given a brief presentation on the establishment of Yakult and its marketing strategies. They were informed that Yakult Danone India is a joint venture between Japanese & French industry. The capacity of the plant is 10 lakhs bottles (units) per day and the milk produced is of excellent quality containing billions of useful bacteria which are essential for proper functioning of digestive system.
The visit was divided into two phases:
- An introductory presentation on Yakult by Plant operations executive Ms. Reema
- Factory Tour
Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd. is a 50:50 joint venture between Yakult Honsha of Japan and Group Danone of France. Yakult is a probiotic drink which contains more than 6.5 billion beneficial bacteria Lactobacillus casei strain shirota. It was in 1930 that Dr. Minoru Shirota, a Japanese scientist discovered a special strain of bacteria that was beneficial to human health. This Friendly Bacteria helps in improving digestion, build immunity and prevent infections.
The two main marketing strategies here are:
- Retails Shops.
- Home delivery by Yakult Ladies.
Yakult ladies are also responsible for spreading awareness about yakult probiotics drink among people.
As a pioneer in probiotic, yakult has formidable research capabilities and product technologies in the field of probiotic. Yakult central institute for microbiological research has for years researched the use of intestinal bacteria as a factor in health maintenance, conducting a wide range of studies on the benefits of microorganisms in Japan, in India too. Yakult?s benefits have been scientifically established through years of research and 30 million people in more than 30 countries drink yakult every day.
During the tour students were taken for the visit inside the Processing Unit where different stages of processing namely mixing of raw ingredients, sterilization, fermentation, blending, injection moulding, scrambling, filling/sealing, shrinking and packaging, storage and their automatic control process were demonstrated. The product is produced very hygienically. At no point does anyone touch it and the entire process is fully automated with only 30 workers working on it.
The visit was a fruitful experience for the students as they learned the processing stages and the latest technology in producing processed products. It also provided them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the industry environment.
All the queries resulting in the minds of the students were resolved well by the guide. Students participated with enough zeal to make the visit interactive & gained maximum knowledge during the visit. The students were given cookies and a bottle of yakult (65 ml). The session ended by a group photo of all the section.Thus, the visit was very informative, knowledgeable, educational and enriching.