As it continues to bring a host of plant-based offerings to the retail sector, Pulmuone, the makers of popular brands Nasoya and Wildwood, announced a key expansion at its Fullerton, California, facility. The 100,000-square-foot expansion will double the company's tofu production capabilities and create 110 new jobs.
"The pandemic accelerated what was already unprecedented demand for our tofu products. Across our tofu portfolio, sales rose 17 percent from January-December 2020 to January-December 2021," said Elliot Chung, Director of Plant-Based Protein Innovation at Pulmuone USA. "Americans are eating less meat for their own health and that of the planet, but they don't want to sacrifice flavor or performance in the kitchen. We've been able to showcase that tofu is a versatile, high-protein product with only a few simple ingredients that's also relatively affordable. It hits on all the key attributes today's consumer is looking for at the grocery store."
According to a press release, the expansion will help meet accelerated demand as the total United States tofu market size has increased from $91 million in 2018 to an expected $182 million in 2022.
Pulmuone also anticipates this additional capacity to help drive 20 percent sales growth in 2022, with the expectation that production will grow by 50 percent by 2025.
"The completion of the facility expansion gives us the ability to grow in a cost-effective, timely manner consistent with our long-term vision. With this capacity increase, we expect that it will help us to drive sales growth and provide more room to enter new North American markets including Canada," continued Chung.
Pulmuone is currently one of the largest healthy food manufacturers in Asia, having introduced its rich tofu tradition to the U.S. market through unique brands including Nasoya, Wildwood, Azumaya, Pulmuone, Sansui, and Soga. The supplier's non-GMO and organic tofu products are available at over 22,300 grocery stores nationally, and the additional California production capabilities complement tofu production at the company's facilities on the East Coast.
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