- story 1 CALPIS® was developed as a health drink
- story 2 Milk and the unique lactic acid fermentation — The taste of nature
- story 3 Hidden health benefits in CALPIS® Cultured Milk that CALPIS® is made of
- story 4 Polka dot pattern is the trademark of CALPIS® brand
story 1 CALPIS® was developed as a health drink
In 1904, Kaiun Mishima, the founder of CALPIS® brand, visited Inner Mongolia on business. There he found people drinking cultured milk, which is made from milk fermented with lactobacilli. The drink helps the people of Mongolia maintain their health, especially those living in harsh natural environments. Kaiun was surprised by the drink's good flavor and healthful properties. His digestion, which had been weakened by the long journey to Mongolia, was fully restored, and he discovered that both his body and mind were refreshed by the power of the cultured milk. He was convinced that the secret of the tastiness and health of the drink lay in the milk and lactobacilli. After returning to Japan, he devoted his time to developing a cultured milk product that is tasty and healthy.
"I want to make a drink that can contribute to people's lives," said Kaiun, who devoted himself to studying lactobacilli. The result was CALPIS®, the first lactic acid drink in Japan.
story 2 Milk and the unique lactic acid fermentation — The taste of nature
CALPIS® is made from nonfat milk. The milk is fermented slowly by adding microorganisms including lactobacilli that are unique to our company. These have been nurtured by us for generations. Cultured milk produced in such manner is called "CALPIS® Cultured Milk." The CALPIS® drink is made by adding sugar and other ingredients to this CALPIS® Cultured Milk.
The white color of CALPIS® represents the color of milk, and its sweet and tangy flavor is produced by our own lactobacilli. The refreshing taste originates in nature and cannot be provided by other drinks. It has become a drink enjoyed by all ages, from small children up to the elderly.
story 3 Hidden health benefits in CALPIS® Cultured Milk that CALPIS® is made of
The cultured milk that Inner Mongolian nomads were drinking led to the development of CALPIS®. For them, cultured milk is a source of the nutrition and a healing medicine.
In the 1970s, we believed that properties in CALPIS® Cultured Milk may have special health benefits and so we launched a scientific study. By joining forces with RIKEN, a leading Japanese institution conducting comprehensive research in science and technology for more than 30 years, we discovered through animal tests that there are properties that prolong life, suppress the growth of cancer cells and boost immunity.
We also proved through human tests that CALPIS® Cultured Milk can offset fatigue and stress and adjust blood pressure. As a result of this study, we succeeded in developing AMEAL S in 1997 for people with high blood pressure problems. The product was approved as a Food for Specified Health Use (FOSHU).
We are determined to discover more benefits in CALPIS® Cultured Milk and lactobacilli, and develop techniques and products that can contribute to the health of our customers.
story 4 Polka dot pattern is the trademark of CALPIS® brand
CALPIS® was launched on July 7, 1919, on the day of Tanabata (Star Festival).
In some Asian countries, including China and Japan, there is a custom to look at the stars on this day. The design of the polka dot pattern on CALPIS® packaging was inspired by the image of stars in the Milky Way as the product was launched on the day of Tanabata.
The original pattern was white dots on a blue background. It was changed to blue dots on a white background later. The pattern has been praised as a design that can communicate the refreshing image of CALPIS® and retain the sense of freshness after all these years.
The trademark polka dot pattern features on all CALPIS® brand products available all over the world.