Canadian soya processor Sunrise Soya Foods is opening a new tofu manufacturing plant in Toronto to help facilitate the launch of its newest brand, Pete's Tofu.
The Toronto plant, utilising the latest in automated tofu manufacturing technology and quality control, is expected to employ more than 50 people by the time it is fully operational this Autumn. This second factory was needed to ease the production workload from the company's first plant (already run at full capacity in Vancouver) where 175 people are employed.
"The demand for tofu among Canadians in Ontario and Quebec, and Americans in the eastern seaboard cities, is growing by about 15 per cent each year," said Peter Joe, general manager and chief executive officer of Sunrise Soya Foods. "Our new Toronto plant will reduce our shipping costs from B.C. to the East Coast, and extend our product shelf life since much of the tofu will now be made locally."
Sunrise Soya Foods was founded in 1956, and is Canada's largest tofu manufacturer and the fifth largest in North America.