Bubble Tea or Milk Tea is really big in Manila nowadays. These shops have also introduced flavored Yakult to the market, although I know you can readily buy orange, green apple, or grape-flavored ones in Japan or Singapore.
I know people have been clamoring for a 1-liter Yakult variant to be sold here. I guess we have to settle for flavored Yakult from tea shops or we can make our own.
I was craving for Lychee Yakult from Moonleaf Tea Shop earlier and decided to go down and just get a 5-pack instead from Mini Stop. I got a tall glass with ice, added 3 bottles of Yakult, and used a leftover straw from this tea shop I frequent. Yum! Of course I poured the rest of the two bottles in too.
Based on this article from ABS-CBN, Yakult is sold in small bottles because:
“The cultured milk drink only comes in small bottles to avoid contamination. In other countries, Yakult is sold in 65-ml and 100-ml bottles.”
“Opening and closing a larger bottle on numerous occasions can result in a decrease in the number of live probiotic bacteria due to the introduction of various air-borne bacteria. This is undesirable because bacteria have the potential to compromise the quality of Yakult,” Yakult Australia said.
“One small bottle is enough to keep people healthy each day so there’s no need to sell Yakult in bigger servings, the two companies said.”
“If Yakult were provided in a larger bottle, people may drink more than needed, and while this is not harmful at all, it can be more expensive,” Yakult Australia said.
I still want a 1-liter variant though. Until I can get my hands on one (I think they sell this in Taiwan), I will have to pour several bottles into a glass, which I don’t mind. :)
*Photo from this website.