Twin Oaks

CompanyTwin Oaks Community Foods
LocationLouisa, VA
Productstofu, tempeh, soymilk, mushroom pate
Market AreaMid-Atlantic
Total Score910

Twin Oaks Community Foods is a worker-owned cooperative that produces tofu, tempeh and soymilk made with organic soybeans bought directly from a Virginia farm. They readily shared with us the name of the farm and we were able to confirm that they do indeed buy directly from this family farm in their home state. Twin Oaks Community Foods is a wonderful example of a brand connected directly to the hard-working farmers who produce food.

They write:

“Twin Oaks Community Foods is a worker-owned co-operative located on 400 acres in central Virginia. We have been in business producing quality Organic Extra-firm Tofu since 1991. Our co-operative began by providing easy-to-use meat alternatives to Charlottesville, Richmond and local vegetarian communities. Over the past decade, positive customer response has urged us to grow and we now provide organic soyfoods to an array of customers up and down the East Coast. We strive to provide premium soyfoods crafted using unbleached well water, organic non-GMO soybeans, and the highest quality organic herbs available. We play our part in supporting local agriculture by using only Virginia-grown soybeans, helping to reduce the use of fuel for transportation. The Twin Oaks Community Foods 30-person crew takes pride in making vegetarian products that are good for our families and yours.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1000) 910
5-Bean Rating
Family-farmer owned businesses receive the most points, investor owned corporations the fewest.
Ownership Structure
90Worker-owned Cooperative
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
9099% Organic Products, 1% Conventional non-GMO
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
90100% directly from American farmers; farms are not visited
Companies that are committed to preventing GMO contamination receive the most points.
Prevention of GMO Contamination
40no testing
Companies that do not add flavor or add only certified organic natural flavor receive the most points.
100organic natural flavors
Companies that do not use soy lecithin or that use certified organic soy lecithin receive the most points.
Soy Lecithin
100none used