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Yakult to Double Output Capacity of Hit Drink Y1000, Nikkei Says

Yakult probiotic drink.

Yakult probiotic drink.

Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Yakult Honsha Co. plans to double the output capacity of its hit probiotic drink Y1000, Nikkei reports, after a plug by a celebrity vaulted the already popular product on social media, exacerbating shortages across Japan.

The company plans to build another line at a domestic factory as soon as July, allowing it to double daily output to 400,000 units from 200,000, Nikkei reported without saying where it obtained the information. Shares of the Tokyo-based company rose as much as 2% after the report.