Whole Soy

Rating
CompanyWhole Soy & Co.
LocationSan Francisco, CA
Productssoy yogurt, soy frozen yogurt
Market AreaNationwide
Web Sitewww.wholesoyco.com
Total Score820

WholeSoy & Co. has been making soy foods for more than 30 years and remains independently owned today. They readily shared their sourcing information with us. They do not purchase soybeans directly from North American family farmers, but specify to their soybean supplier that they will purchase only North American grown soybeans.

They write: “During the 1970s, WholeSoy & Co. founder Ted Nordquist led a double life: professor of Asian philosophy by day and tofu-maker by night. In 1975, Ted met William Shurtleff and Akiko Ayogi, the authors of The Book of Tofu. From them, he learned traditional Chinese and Japanese methods of converting soybeans into dairy-like products. This meeting changed the course of Ted’s life and the idea for WholeSoy & Co. was born. What started as a hobby for Ted quickly turned into a passion. Leaving his academic life behind, Ted began his mission to make the best tasting, most natural and nutritious dairy alternatives on the planet. Over twenty years later, he remains hooked on soy and is still just as passionate about crafting the world’s most delicious soy foods.

In a world of food company giants, WholeSoy & Co. is proud to be the “little guy.” The company remains independently owned and operated and is committed to using only whole organic soybeans free from genetic modification (GM). Soybeans are one of the most genetically modified crops in the world, so this commitment is no easy task. The company purchases organic, non-GM soybeans from a single supplier to ensure that its beans are the highest quality on the market. By using certified organic ingredients, WholeSoy consumers are sure to get the maximum health benefits of soy and also keep unwanted pesticides and genetically modified crops out of the ecosystem.”

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1000)820
4-Bean Rating | Excellent
Family-farmer owned businesses receive the most points, investor owned corporations the fewest.
Ownership Structure
70Privately owned
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
75QAI
Companies selling only organic products receive the most points.
Organic Product Line
90company markets a combination of "organic" and "made with organic soybeans" products
Companies that manufacture in-house receive the most points.
Manufacturing
95Products are manufactured by a copacker with full disclosure; copacker has direct affiliation
Companies that purchase directly from farmers receive the most points; companies that buy through brokers selling imports receive the fewest.
Sourcing and Farmer Relationships
60company purchases soybeans from a broker who claims to provide only North American soybeans, but these claims could not be verified
Companies that are committed to preventing GMO contamination receive the most points.
Prevention of GMO Contamination
80Company is enrolled in the Non-GMO Project
Companies that do not add flavor or add only certified organic natural flavor receive the most points.
Flavors
50non-organic natural flavors and non-organic fruits
Companies that do not use soy lecithin or that use certified organic soy lecithin receive the most points.
Soy Lecithin
100none used