Message from the President
Welcome to House Foods!
Since our formation in the early 1980s, House Foods America has always strived toward a vision of promoting healthy eating among American consumers. While tofu is widely popular in Asia, we still have a long way to go before it earns diet-staple status in the West. We will continue to work hard until we gain the wide recognition that our healthy products deserve. Our highest priority is bringing new ideas to American people about what tofu is and how it can be incorporated in theirs and their families’ diets.
We know that as our company grows, so does our responsibility to the environment. While working to direct food trends in the U.S. toward healthy ingredients, we also intend to extend our reach from promoting a healthy diet to promoting a healthy environment. I speak on behalf of all of House Foods when I pledge our constant contribution to the enrichment of global environmental protection. Our most recent installation of rooftop solar electric panels at our California facility has helped us to reduce emissions, but there is always room for improvement and growth.
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Get to know your House Foodies!
Where we come from and where we’re going!
Thanks for taking the time to learn who is behind the delicious and healthy tofu products you have been seeing in your refrigerated section. House Foods America loves to share our history so you can see our modest beginnings and our steadily growing future.
Our parent company House Foods Corporation, Japan, was established in 1913 as a producer of herbal medicines. They are now the largest spice manufacturer in Japan, and one of the most prominent producers of Japanese food products.
In 1981, House Foods Japan (HFJ) established a sales office in LA hoping it would become the link between unique, Japanese-style curry and curious American palates. Japanese curries may still be less common in the U.S., but they are a staple in both homes and restaurants throughout Japan.
These early House Foods pioneers had the power of foresight, and knew that eventually, Americans would be looking to diversify their protein by incorporating more healthy, plant-based sources. In an effort to expand healthy, Japanese-inspired cuisine in the U.S., HFJ formed a partnership with Hinode Tofu, one of the oldest and most respected tofu brands in the country in 1983.
House Foods America (HFA), premium tofu purveyors since 1983, was born and took over Hinode manufacturing facility to ensure that their ageless quality would live on past the brand. The Hinode brand evolved into House Foods Premium Tofu.
Millions of blocks of tofu later, we had outgrown our LA factory so we opened a new, state-of-the-art facility in Garden Grove, California. The switch was made in 1997 and it was at this time that we consolidated all three of the House Foods operations, which boosted efficiency and allowed us to finally put all the HFA heads together for even more creative corporate practices. Manufacturing House Foods Tofu, importing products from House Foods Japan and operating our chain of Curry House restaurants were finally together in one place. We currently manufacture more than 275,000 pieces of tofu per day – that’s over 70 million pieces per year!
In 2000, we thought that our East Coast friends should have easier access to our tasty, soy products so we opened an office in New York to test the waters. Just like our LA growth spurt, this successful office outgrew itself. In 2006, we built a brand new manufacturing facility in Somerset, New Jersey. Finally our fresh, delicious tofu was distributed nationally and available in East Coast markets!
National products mean national standards and both House Foods production facilities are compliant under standards established by Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) as mandated by the FDA and USDA. We also adhere to specifications of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) to ensure that we provide the highest quality and safest products to our customers.
We at House Foods operate under a guiding principle that emphasizes leaving a place better than you found it. That’s why in 2010, we installed a 215KW photovoltaic solar electric system at our California headquarters. Not only does it reduce our energy costs, but carbon dioxide emissions are also cut by 675,000 pounds per year! That’s the equivalent of planting 6,000 trees!
It should not go unnoticed that amidst such a steady phase of growth beginning with our small LA office in the 1980s, we have not lost the traditional values that our House Foods founders cultivated.
Our corporate philosophy states these values best:
Bringing greater joy to families through our delicious and healthy food!
In doing so we hope that our Japanese roots will continue to sprout in American kitchens everywhere!
- House Foods, Japan opens a sales office in Los Angeles.
- Acquires a fifty percent stake in the Hinode Tofu manufacturing company, one of the most respected Tofu brands in the country and enters into the Tofu business.
The first Curry House restaurant opens in LA's Little Tokyo, introducing local Californians to Japanese cuisine with a contemporary atmosphere.
- A new state-of-the-art Tofu manufacturing facility opens in Garden Grove, California. All House Foods America (HFA) operations are consolidated at the facility.
- To expand business on the East Coast, HFA opens New York office.
- HFA opens its second plant, a new state-of-the-art tofu manufacturing facility in Franklin Township, Somerset, New Jersey.
- Installation of photovoltaic solar electric system in CA facility.
2012 House Foods America Holdings expands with the acquisition of El Burrito Mexican Food Products, a
leading healthy Mexican food brand.
We at House Foods America, hereby pledge to contribute to the continued enrichment of global environmental protection. We will do so by pursuing company activities that are based on our environmental policy, such as taking steps toward alternative sources of energy.
We understand the importance of caring for the environment, as well as ensuring that taste, quality, and safety are always present in our product manufacturing. By installing a rooftop solar electric system at our facility, we are able to reduce both cost and emissions – a transition that allows us to uphold our environmental commitment.
To check our solar system status live, click here.
- Our whole operation is designed to prevent pollution by saving energy and resources and reducing waste that may cause global warming.
- We will abide by the local, county, state, and federal laws related to the environment.
- We will continue our transition to alternative sources of energy, such as solar power.
- We will continually improve our environmental activities by periodically reviewing our environmental purposes and aims.
House Foods Alliances!
- Non-GMO Project Verified
- Women Infants & Children (WIC) Approved in 19 U.S. states
- Through the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) audit program, our facilities have been deemed HACCP & GMP compliant
- 100% American-Grown Soybeans
- Quality Assurance International (QAI) Organic Certification
- OU: Orthodox Union, kosher-certified