Tofurky, a manufacturer of plant-based meats in the US, announced that Morinaga Nutritional Foods, the US-based manufacturer of Mori-Nu Silken Tofu, acquired the company and its sister brand, Moocho. With the acquisition of Tofurky, Morinaga Nutritional Foods will own the No.3 retail brand for plant-based meats in the US.
Tofurky and Morinaga Nutritional Foods have a long-standing relationship, as Morinaga has been a tofu supplier for Tofurky products for 17 years. The acquisition of Tofurky and Moocho will help strengthen the integrated supply chain and future category growth for the brands. Tofurky will continue manufacturing products at its sustainably-focused facility in Hood River, Ore., where Morinaga Nutritional Foods plans to increase operational excellence with technical staff to maximize capacity. The company will also uphold the core values, original recipes, and product availability of both Tofurky and Moocho brands.
Morinaga Nutritional Foods was founded with a vision to help people lead happy lives through foods that contribute to physical, mental, and environmental health. The company manufactures shelf stable tofu, sold in both the retail and foodservice channels with a focus on quality and aseptic packaging. Offering tofu that is merchandised as an ambient finished good with considerable shelf life, as opposed to traditional refrigerated options, is a differentiated benefit in the category.
In addition to Tofurky’s sustainable manufacturing facility in Hood River, Ore., Morinaga operates a tofu manufacturing facility in Tualatin, Ore. and a sales and R&D Office in Torrance, Calif. Morinaga plans to leverage synergies from Tofurky’s sales and marketing teams to fine-tune total portfolio approaches to the US marketplace.