Because we enjoy talking to you so much we want you to contact us. Alright... we are not purposely trying to create more hassle for you. Due to certain retailer regulations, we are not able to label our products as non-GMO. Until the government of Canada designates an official body to monitor and designate GMO products, like existing certification for organic foods, the onus unfortunately is still on you the consumer to contact manufacturers directly to get the straight goods. You can now check Sunrise off and put us on your safe list. But we still do love talking to you, so never hesitate to get in touch with us if there is something on your mind.
It's great that you can find Sunrise products almost anywhere you shop, but with this large distribution, logistically we must use the same labels for all grocery stores across the board. This means that we had to remove the non-GMO designation as discussed above for most of our retailers. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience to you the consumer and we look forward to the day that Canada establishes an official body to certify non-GMO status.
Our soy beans are grown in Canada and the US. The beans are harvested in the fall of the previous year and are held in storage silos by our supplier in Ontario. All the soy beans are non-GMO. Upon arrival to our Vancouver or Toronto plant, each container of soy beans is inspected by our Quality Control department for cleanliness and size before it goes into production.
All of our products (except Sunrise Mandarin Egg tofu) are vegan (defined as being without meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or other animal products). The Mandarin Egg Tofu is not made in our plant, to guarantee purity for our vegan and kosher customers.
All Sunrise, Soyganic, Pete's and Mandarin products are Kosher Certified by Circle U (Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregation) & BCK (the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC). Both our Vancouver and Toronto plants are certified and adhere to strict kosher manufacturing practices.
They are coagulants. Coagulants are ingredients that are used for thickening up soy milk to make tofu. The resulting curds are pressed, similar to cheese processing, and a tofu block is formed. Some of our tofu products have a combination of the different coagulants which creates a desired texture or consistency. These coagulants are all natural food grade compounds. Magnesium chloride, or nigari, is a coagulant made from sea water extract and promotes a smooth and tender texture. Glucono delta lactone is a derivative of corn starch and although the word lactone sounds similar to "lactose" or "lactate," it is completely dairy-free. Calcium sulphate is made from naturally mined high purity white gypsum and helps to make a tofu that is rich in calcium.
Our Soyganic tofu products are all made with certified organic, non-GMO soybeans. This means that in the production process, the farmer did not add any harmful chemicals to the soil in order to produce the soybeans. When we say certified, we mean that our products have been approved and carefully inspected by Quality Assurance International (QAI). With Soyganic tofu you know that what you are eating is pure, natural and good for your body. You are ensuring that no chemicals and pesticides are injected into the earth to make your food ...now that's something to feel good about!
We mean that all of our products are not genetically engineered and are made from ingredients that are found in nature, not synthetically or chemically produced.
Absolutely! Our tofu undergoes a heat pasteurization to preserve the freshness and integrity of the product with no added chemicals or preservatives. Unlike other products, we do not add preservatives to extend shelf life. Our products are meant to be consumed quickly, at the peak of freshness, which means a short shelf life but long list of health pluses.
Yes, our main plant is based in Vancouver, BC with a second manufacturing plant in Toronto, ON. We currently employ over 200 Canadians. When you buy Sunrise, Soyganic, Pete's or Mandarin products, you are supporting a Canadian company.
In general, our trays and bottles are recyclable. The trays for the soft tofu and the tofu desserts have a recycling number of 5. The fresh pack and medium firm tofu trays have a recycling number of 2. All of our soya beverage bottles are also #2.
Pete's Tofu is named after Peter Joe, who is the son of the company's founder and the current General Manager and CEO of Sunrise Soya Foods.
Tofu is cholesterol-free, low in calories, low in saturated fat, and low in sodium. Tofu contains B vitamins, iron, and calcium. Tofu is easily digested and dairy free, making it ideal for people who are lactose intolerant or have other digestive ailments. Tofu is a rich source of protein; it contains all nine essential amino acids, which are readily absorbed by the human body. The amino acid pattern of soy is almost identical to that of meat, milk, and egg products and is considered the best plant based form of protein around. It's no wonder then that the Canada Food Guide says that meat alternatives, such as tofu, should be consumed often. Tofu and soy foods also offer many other health benefits . Sunrise, Soyganic, Pete's and Mandarin tofu products are also made from all natural, non genetically modified ingredients and are free from preservatives... so you know that when you buy Sunrise, you are making a healthy choice.
All of Sunrise's tofu products have soy protein, but our Pressed varieties contain the most per serving. Extra Firm, Super Firm and Firm tofu are the next highest. For information about a particular product, check out the full nutritional tables in our product section.
Tofu lacks the trans and saturated fat that typifies meat and dairy products. This is why tofu is such a healthy substitution! Our fried and marinated products contain higher fat than our regular, minimally processed varieties of plain tofu. If fat content is an important concern for you or someone in your family, it is best to buy plain tofu and use your favourite low-fat sauces to flavour it up.
Most of our products are gluten-free. The only exceptions are the Pete's Tofu products (Tofu N' Sauce, Snackables and Cuisine 2 Go) and the marinated ethnic tofu products which contain soy sauce.
Yes, we guarantee that all of our products, whether made in Vancouver or in Toronto, are safe for those who have allergies to nuts. Even our Almond Dessert Tofu is safe, as it is not made with pure almonds, but with natural extract that is safe for allergy sufferers.
More than likely. Tofu is extremely easy to digest - this is because the soy bean's fibre (okara) is removed during the manufacturing process. If you're nervous, try incorporating a little bit at a time to allow your digestive system to get used to tofu.
Once tofu has been opened, you can keep it for up to five days in the refrigerator. If you store it in water, and change the water daily, it can last up to one week. You will know when tofu has gone bad. Like dairy, it will start to smell sour and may develop mould.
It depends. Much like dairy, tofu will develop a sour odour once it has gone bad, so it is fairly easy to tell if it is no longer edible. In some cases, tofu will last beyond the expiry. It all depends on how the tofu was treated after it left our factory. If it was cooled properly and had very little time outside of refrigeration, it will probably last a few days longer. If you are not sure, it is better to be safe and not take the risk. It is important when you are buying tofu to check the packaging and make sure that it is not bloated, which occasionally happens in extreme cases of temperature tampering. If you already bought the tofu and notice that it is bloated or sour before the due date, return it to your grocer.
Quick tip: Notice that your tofu is nearing expiry and you will not be able to use it in time? If it's medium, firm or extra firm, throw it in the freezer where it will keep for up to 3 months. You can also throw soft and dessert tofu in the freezer and use them for blended drinks.
Tofu is ready to eat (it is safe to eat right out of the package) and usually does not need to be cooked so much as heated up. If you over cook tofu, it can get dry and tough. Generally, it is a good idea to add tofu to the last stages of the cooking process. Check out our tofu tips and tofu recipes for see more information about how tofu can be cooked.
Many people know the health benefits of tofu, but few know exactly what to do with it. You are not alone! Check out our Quick Guide to Sunrise Tofu for pointers on the many ways to incorporate the different varieties of tofu in your diet. Our mouthwatering tofu recipes are sure to inspire as well! Finally, our tofu tips will guide you in how to store, handle, prepare and much more!
Yes, our soya beverages need to be in the fridge at all times. They are not shelf stable, as they are fresh with no preservatives and minimal processing. This explains why the life of our beverages may seem short in comparison to other types of soy beverages. They are meant to be consumed rapidly, within 5-7 days after opening.
This is a very natural occurrence and again speaks to the fact that we use no chemical additives to help the ingredients stay consistent (think about the difference between all natural peanut butter and conventional). Just give the container a good shake before you consume it.
This is a tough one... but there are great ways to "sneak" tofu into food. You can mix tofu in with ingredients that you usually use (think crumbled tofu mixed with ricotta cheese for lasagna, shredded tofu mixed with Monterrey jack cheese for tacos, blended tofu in a smoothie alongside yogurt or milk). For more ideas, check out our tofu tips and browse our tofu recipes for great ways to incorporate tofu, without it being on the main stage. Don't feel bad about being sneaky... it's for their own good!
Keeping tofu in water ensures it stays fresh and that it will not dry out. If you don't use a package of tofu completely, store it in a container with some fresh water on the bottom and it will last for up to a week. See our tofu tips for see answer about how to properly handle tofu.
Yes, our tofu is already cooked and pasteurized, so you can eat it right out of the package. Throw it on salads, into fresh smoothies, into dips. No need to cook or heat!
No. A fermented product is processed using microorganisms. Examples of fermented soy products are tempeh and miso.
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