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Tofu Shop donates to support food justice events

by on Dec.09, 2011, under Blog, Donations

Every year the Tofu Shop donates about $1,500 worth of organic tofu products to support the work of local non-profit organizations. We recently made tofu donations to two noteworthy conferences that address the important issue of food justice.

In early November, the California Food and Justice Coalition held its 15th annual national Food Justice Conference in the Bay Area. Over 1,100 people attended.

As we do each year, we are again sponsoring the Eco Farm Conference with a donation. Eco Farm promotes healthy farms, communities and the environment. The 32nd annual conference takes place February 1-4, 2012 in Pacific Grove, CA.

The Tofu Shop is committed to sustainable, healthy food production. We are proud to support food justice work with our 100% organic, artisan, sustainably produced tofu.

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Tofu Shop scores “Outstanding” on the Organic Soy Scorecard

by on Mar.03, 2011, under Blog, News

The Tofu Shop is very pleased to announce that our score on the Organic Soy Scorecard recently jumped from four to five beans, a jump from the rank of “Excellent” to the highest possible tier of “Outstanding”.

Behind the BeanIn 2009, The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin based advocacy organization, released its study “Behind the Bean: The Heroes and Charlatans of the Natural and Organic Soy Foods Industry.” The report includes an Organic Soy Scorecard that ranks many of the country’s soy foods makers.

 

The Tofu Shop ranks so high because we use 100% organic ingredients and do all of our production in-house, using organic, non-genetically modified soybeans from North American growers. We were also commended for going the extra mile to use organic, fair-trade cocoa in our chocolate soy milk, for our waste reduction efforts, and for full and open disclosure to Cornucopia’s research inquiries.

The Tofu Shop prides itself on using organic, whole foods ingredients and handcrafting our organic, artisan tofu, soy milks and deli products in small batches with absolutely no possibility of hexane contamination. Recent news stories have uncovered concern about this chemical contamination during soybean processing for corporate so-called “natural” soy foods producers.

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Meet your organic tofu maker at Sustainable Ag Expo this Saturday, Feb 26, noon to 4 pm

by on Feb.22, 2011, under Blog, Events

You’ve probably heard by now about the North Coast Co-op’s Sustainable Agriculture Expo this weekend. It’s a free event where local farmers, producers and advocates for a sustainable food system will share their knowledge.

The Tofu Shop will be there offering samples, including our fabulous new organic, raw cultured sauerkraut.

Come meet your tofu maker! Learn how we make our organic, artisan tofu, soy milk, and deli products.

The free expo is at Redwood Acres in Eureka from noon to 4 pm on Saturday.

Also exciting is the featured talk (not free) by Joel Salatin, the pasture-based farmer featured in Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, about food emancipation and sustainable farming from 10 a.m. to noon.

Hope to see you there. For more info, visit the Co-op’s website.

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Tofu Shop responds to article about hexane use in so-called “natural” products

by on Jan.18, 2011, under Blog, General

Last week Matthew wrote a letter to the editor in response to the North Coast Journal’s Table Talk Column about Silk soy milk, the use of the chemical hexane to process soy, and the misleading use of the label “natural” on non-organic products. In case you didn’t see it, here’s the letter.

Editor:

The Journal’s Table Talk column in the last issue caught my attention. The article titled “Un-Natural Foods” made some important points about the quality of certified organic food and also the questionable use of the claim “natural” for some food products potentially exposed to hexane, a processing solvent used during oilseed extraction. The article spotlighted Silk, one brand of “natural”, non-organic soymilk.

First, I would like to assure customers of locally-made and certified organic Tofu Shop brand soymilk, veggie burgers and other tofu products, that our products are free from any potential hexane tainting. We process our own certified organic soybeans in-house in small batches, using traditional methods of grinding and open-kettle cooking.

While there is good information in the article, it passed over the equally important underlying story of the saga of White Wave, the company that first developed Silk soymilk and what can happen to a product’s quality when small companies are bought out by larger ones.

Much like Humboldt’s own Tofu Shop Specialty Foods, White Wave was born in the mid-1970’s. Riding a wave of demand for vegetarian, ethnic and soy food products, White Wave tofu became a national brand. In the 1990’s it introduced Silk, an organic soymilk. At the same time, major research on soy suggested protective health benefits for heart disease, some cancers, and other ailments.

Soymilk sales soared. White Wave approached Dean Foods, perhaps the largest dairy distributor in North America, as an investor. Dean Foods eventually bought out White Wave and over time has changed most of the Silk line from “organic” to “natural”.

Here at Tofu Shop Specialty Foods, we remain a local/regional company and are committed to the well-being of our local community. Regarding the last paragraph of the Journal’s article which attacks soy in general, it is largely held by reputable health experts, that soy–when consumed as traditionally processed, whole foods like tofu and soymilk (as opposed to soy protein isolates or concentrates)–is a very healthy addition to most diets.

I encourage folks to visit our website and go to the page on “Soy and Health” for more information. We also have an informative page about how we make our tofu.

Thank you, Matthew Schmit

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Tofu Shop gluten free products

by on Nov.05, 2010, under Blog, News

In June we announced that we’re changing all of our products to gluten free. These are the latest.

  • Breakfast Sausage
  • Vegie Burgers
  • Smoked Tofu Spread
  • Humboldt Sloppy Joe

Breakfast SausageVegie Burgers

 

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