Yakult to sell Thorpe’s sports drink

Yakult Honsha Co. said Thursday it has agreed with Australia’s Thorpedo Foods, a joint venture between So Natural Foods and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ian Thorpe, to sell the venture’s sports drink in Japan.

The agreement gives the health drink producer the exclusive right to develop, produce and sell beverages under the Thorpedo brand in Japan and use Thorpe’s images in promoting its products until May 2009.