With our vegan products, we wish to make the greatest possible contribution to our environment − and on this subject we have our own beliefs and ideas: ecological responsibility and organic quality. For us this means:
Only organically grown ingredients
The raw materials from agricultural production that we use for the manufacture of our products are 99 percent organically grown and in part bio-dynamically grown. Every year, we are inspected by the Prüfverein Verarbeitung ökologische Landbauprodukte e.V. (an association for certifying organic foods and products according to EU Reg. 834/2007), regarding our compliance with the EU-ECO-Regulation. A Certificate of Operation certifies that we observe the Regulation's provisions. Silken Tofu is also offered by us in certified Demeter quality.
At the beginning there is always the soya bean and select ingredients − and we want these in their pure, natural state. We fundamentally reject gene technology in food production and genetically modified raw materials. Going far beyond the manufacture of tofu, we put effort into opposing genetic modification and into the cultivation of organic tofu soya in our region.
We do not tolerate any kind of genetically modified material in our products. However, due to general environmental influences, traces of genetically modified organisms can no longer be completely excluded, even in organic food products. Therefore, we have set a tolerance limit of 0,1 percent. Raw materials that have an amount of genetic contamination over 0,1 percent are rejected by us. The legislator, by contrast, allows a limit of 0,9 percent. This matter is close to our heart.
The smallest possible "ecological footprint"
Every kind of production has ecological consequences. This is inevitable. It is important to us, however, that we leave the smallest possible ecological footprint when producing our tofu specialities. We monitor the consumption of resources regularly and continually improve our work processes accordingly.
Taifun Tofu is produced solely from renewable primary products, thereby protecting the environment and saving resources.
An ecological soil management plays an important part in the preservation and recovery of the environment. Therefore, we obtain all ingredients from organic farming.
Soya beans can develop a strong root system, allowing them to grow and extricate the essential nutrients in poor soil. Furthermore, being a legume, soya is able to supply itself with nitrogen, which is an essential advantage in organic farming as artificial nitrogen fertilizer are forbidden. Therefore, soya beans enrich the crop rotation and promote soil fertility. This strengthens organic farming.
Traditional fertile seeds that have been improved over the years for cultivation in our latitudes as well as the skilled and dedicated accompaniment of the farmers lead to high-protein harvests. Nutrient-high fruits, good harvests, short distances: this leads to a resource-efficient tofu production.
We make use of the concentrated energy in the soya bean. What we do not process at Taifun, we pass on to farms as animal feed or to Switzerland for the production of beverages.
For more than ten years now, we have been obtaining our electricity entirely from renewable sources. Furthermore, we are continually looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy we use and to tap energy sources of our own. In 2001, our unique and eco-friendly refrigerating plant was completed and, at the same time, the expansion of our production area allowed us to realize a long-standing dream: the inauguration of our solar collector. The produced energy is fed into the public energy network.
In cooperation with the TU München (Technical University Munich) we have determined, by taking the example of the Tofu Wiener, the carbon footprint of this product. With 0,79 kilogram CO2 per kilogram of Tofu-Wiener (ex factory), we could show a remarkably favorable carbon footprint for such a high-protein product.
This favorable life cycle assessment is the result of decades of struggle to achieve the best possible production conditions − thus we reap the fruit of our holistic approach.
In order to achieve these goals, we have set clear principles for ourselves by which we act and by which we can be measured. These you may find as an attachment at the end of this page.
On the basis of these principles, we aim for an active participation in an environmental culture that goes past our tofu production. You can take our word for it: every year, we publish the environmental Key Performance Indicators of our production on the website (see above).