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Kikkoman and NIZO collaboration results in new soy milk-yoghurt drink

Published: 18-07-2017, | Member: NIZO

Kikkoman Corporation of Japan and NIZO of the Netherlands are pleased to announce that their R&D collaboration has resulted in a new soy milk-yoghurt drink to be launched in Japan in August 2017. Thanks to Kikkoman’s expertise with soy ingredients and soy fermentation and NIZO’s expertise with lactic acid bacteria technologies, a great tasting soy milk- yoghurt drink was developed and is ready to launch.

Kikkoman wanted to create a new soy milk-yoghurt drink, but needed a lactic acid strain capable of fermenting soybean and providing great taste. NIZO was identified as a partner who could provide dairy-derived strains and support Kikkoman by providing expertise with natural selection techniques used to select strains that grow well on soybean and produce great taste. The NIZO strain collection contains strains isolated from a variety of food sources, and is particularly rich in strains that are suitable for dairy and other food fermentation. 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.

Both Kikkoman and NIZO are excited at the prospect of bringing this new concept to the market!

About NIZO

NIZO is world leading in contract research for better food and health. We operate one of the most advanced R&D centers in the world and bring the latest food technologies to life in our food grade processing center. We focus on the development and applications of innovations for the global food and health industry.

Our customers value their gains in product quality, sustainability, cost effectiveness and speed to market. We are continuously looking for new ways of improving food products, and at the same time quality of life. NIZO is a private and independent contract research and manufacturing company, with headquarters in Ede, the Netherlands.

About Kikkoman

As the world’s leading soy sauce brand, Kikkoman has been supporting the development of Japanese food culture since the 1600s. Today, the word “Kikkoman” has become synonymous with soy sauce-a taste enjoyed all over the world. Kikkoman Soy Sauce is now shipped to over 100 countries from our seven overseas factories, located in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Kikkoman also manufactures and sells soy sauce-based seasonings, in addition to foodstuffs, alcohol-based seasonings, beverages, enzymes and other biochemical products.