The Tofoo Co “smoked” and “naked” products.
Nick Hill

North Yorkshire tofu producer creates 13 new jobs with six-figure funding package

The Tofoo Co, a North Yorkshire-based tofu producer, is set to expand operations with the support of a six-figure funding package from HSBC.

Established in 2016 in Malton, The Tofoo Co produces tofu, the protein rich, low-fat foodstuff made from soy beans.

With the backing of HSBC, the business has scaled up its production by moving into an additional 6,000 sq ft manufacturing facility and purchasing a new soy bean cooker from Japan.

As a result of this investment, the business expects to increase its production capability by a further 50%. The Tofoo Co expects this to increase turnover by 100% to close to £5m in 2018 and create up to 13 new jobs.

David Knibbs, managing director of The Tofoo Co, said: “Consumers are becoming more adventurous, as well as increasingly health conscious, and we have seen this translate into increasing demand for our products.

“To keep up with this demand we initially invested in sales and marketing, however it was the scaling-up of our production processes that was key to us continuing to grow. With the backing of HSBC we are now in the position to bring more great tasting tofu to a broader market.”

The business, which is owned by David Knibbs and Lydia Smith, currently produces three flavours, including smoked and oriental, which are stocked by retailers including Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

Martin Goodall, HSBC’s relationship manager for North and East Yorkshire, added: “Despite already enjoying great success, The Tofoo Co was not content with staying still.

“Instead, the business is bringing its products to the mass market by boosting productivity and growing its workforce. Malton, North Yorkshire, has a well-deserved reputation as a centre for the high quality food production and The Tofoo Co sets the benchmark high.”

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