Tofu Shop

CompanyTofu Shop Specialty Foods Inc.
LocationArcata, CA
Productstofu, soymilk
Market AreaWest
Total Score900

Tofu Shop is an independently owned artisan soyfoods company based in California. They scored highly on all categories and go the extra mile in areas for which we didn’t even create a category. For example, the cocoa used to flavor their chocolate soymilk is fair-trade, and they make special efforts to reduce waste. Tofu Shop also sources exclusively North American grown soybeans.

They write: “Tofu Shop Specialty Foods, Inc., has been making organic traditional-style tofu since 1977. We craft our tofu in small batches using open-kettle cooking and certified organic soybeans, and offer our customers a unique line of over two dozen tofu specialty products including smoked sticks, sausage patties, burgers, international-spiced slicers and spreads. Our products are available in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Tofu Shop is an organic processor certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. We are also leaders in waste reduction, having won the annual WRAP Award from the California Integrated Waste Management Board every year since 2002. We divert over 99% of our waste and put out one small garbage can per week. Tofu Shop also supports dozens of regional non-profit groups through donations for fundraisers.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1000) 900
5-Bean Rating
Family-farmer owned businesses receive the most points, investor owned corporations the fewest.
Ownership Structure
70tightly held corporation/sole proprietorship
Reflects a company’s commitment to purchasing organic soybeans.
Percentage Organic Soybean Purchases
100100% Organic Purchases
Companies committed to transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full and open disclosure
Reflects the integrity of the company’s chosen organic certifying organization.
Organic Certifier
Companies selling only organic products receive the most points.
Organic Product Line
100100% Organic Products
Companies that manufacture in-house receive the most points.
100All manufacturing done in-house
Companies that purchase directly from farmers receive the most points; companies that buy through brokers selling imports receive the fewest.
Sourcing and Farmer Relationships
80Company purchases North American soybeans from a broker - sourcing verified
Companies that are committed to preventing GMO contamination receive the most points.
Prevention of GMO Contamination
50Company buys from a broker that performs GMO Contamination tests occasionally
Companies that do not add flavor or add only certified organic natural flavor receive the most points.
100Organic herbs and spices in tofu; organic vanilla extract, organic fair-trade cocoa and other organic ingredients used to flavor soymilk
Companies that do not use soy lecithin or that use certified organic soy lecithin receive the most points.
Soy Lecithin
100none used