We understand the importance of the environment and we participate in sustainable business practices whenever possible. Our EPA committee monitors activity to save energy, prevent pollution and reduce waste throughout our entire organization. In addition to reducing materials waste, it is also important we address food waste during the manufacturing of our tofu products.
During the production of soy milk and tofu, a fine pulp remains after the soybeans have been pureed and filtered. This residual pulp is called Okara. Although a popular ingredient in Japan, Okara is less familiar in the U.S. and has been used for animal feed by farmers. While the majority of our Okara is given back for animal feed as well, we recently invested in machinery that allows a portion to be upcycled into a sustainable product as an ingredient solution for food service providers and manufacturers.