Kikkoman to launch Tonyu-inryo soy milk yogurt drink developed with NIZO

After collaborating with Dutch company NIZO, Kikkoman is launching a new series of soy milk drinkable yogurts in Japan.

Kikkoman Corporation of Japan and NIZO of the Netherlands have collaborated on R&D to create a new soy milk yogurt drink to be launched in Japan in August 2017.

Kikkoman, the world’s top selling soy sauce, has experience working with soy ingredients and soy fermentation, while NIZO’s expertise includes lactic acid bacteria technologies.

The Japanese company wanted to create the new product, but needed a lactic acid strain capable of fermenting soy bean and providing a specific taste.

NIZO was identified as a partner who could provide dairy-derived strains with natural selection techniques to select strains that grow well on soy beans without adversely affecting taste.

Patent applied for

The R&D collaboration resulted in Kikkoman's current application for an international patent. The two companies have concluded an exclusive licensing agreement for the NIZO-derived strains used in the fermentation.

Kikkoman told DairyReporter the product is called "Kikkoman Tonyu-inryo" (Kikkoman Soy Milk Beverage), although they stressed that there is no official English name for the product or flavors.

Flavors include tonyu (soy milk) lassi, ichigo (strawberry) lassi, mango lassi. Kikkoman gave as an example “Kikkoman Tonyu-inryo Tonyu Lassi" (product name + flavor name).

The product will be sold in Japan only in 200ml paper cartons, from August 21, 2017, with a suggested retail price of 100 yen/$0.89 (excluding sales tax).

Related News

Yili Ambrosial yogurt brand. Picture: Yili.

China will overtake the US as the largest dairy market by 2022

Villaume Kal is the new CEO of NIZO. He replaces Ad Juriaanse, who retired in 2016 after taking over as CEO in 1995.

NIZO name Villaume Kal as new CEO

One expected outcome of the NIZO and PSE Centre of Excellence is helping companies lower their energy use.

NIZO and PSE set up Centre of Excellence

Submit a comment

Your comment has been saved

Post a comment

Please note that any information that you supply is protected by our Privacy and Cookie Policy. Access to all documents and request for further information are available to all users at no costs, In order to provide you with this free service, William Reed Business Media SAS does share your information with companies that have content on this site. When you access a document or request further information from this site, your information maybe shared with the owners of that document or information.