SOL SEARCHING

 

Where can I buy Sol Cuisine’s products?

Our retail products are available in natural and conventional grocery stores across Canada and natural and specialty grocery stores across the United States. The best way to find Sol Cuisine products is through our store locator, where you can enter your postal or zip code and find the nearest Sol Cuisine retailer, along with a reasonably up-to-date list of items they carry.

 

If you are looking for a particular product, we always recommend calling the store before visiting to make sure they continue to carry it. Remember: if you’re looking for a particular product that your local store doesn’t carry, you can always ask them to order it in for youPrint one of the below sell sheets, bring it to the store and ask for the items you want. Customers matter most to these stores and you are likely to succeed!

 

Canadian Sell Sheet

Canadian Tofu Sell Sheet

American Sell Sheet

 

Our foodservice products are available in restaurants across Canada and select locations in the United States.

 

What retail distributors carry Sol Cuisine’s products?

 

Canada

UNFI Central & West

Horizon Distributors

Sunpeak/Worldwise

Ontario Natural Food Co-op

Coop D’Alentour

Aliments Koyo Foods

AMJ Health Food Distributors

Liberté Natural Foods

 

United States

UNFI West & East 

Nature’s Best

Tree of Life (KeHE) Midwest, Dallas and Florida

 

COMPANY

 

How long has Sol Cuisine been manufacturing healthy, delicious vegetarian foods?

 

Sol Cuisine was born in 1980. It started life as a manufacturer of high quality tofu for Toronto vegetarian restaurants, and expanded from there.

 

Today, Sol Cuisine is a trusted Canadian brand catering to a growing community of retail and restaurant consumers in search of: Non-GMO; Wheat- and Gluten-Free; Kosher; Halal; and Organic vegan products.

 

With a focus on natural vegan/vegetarian foods that are delicious and healthy, Sol Cuisine offers a wide selection of veggie burgers, veggie breakfast patties, tofu and other frozen and fresh meat alternatives.

 

What was Sol Cuisine called back in the day?

 

The company – originally called Soy City Foods – rapidly expanded its clientele in the foodservice industry and soon began selling into retail.

 

How did the company come to be called Sol Cuisine?

 

In another part of Toronto, two friends started a veggie burger company serving innovative vegetarian foods to high school cafeterias. That company, Second Nature  joined forces with Soy City Foods in 2002, under the banner of Sol Cuisine.

 

What does SOL stand for?

 

“SOL” – standing for Sustainable, Organic and Local – is a representation and constant reminder of the company’s purpose.

 

How fast is Sol Cuisine growing?

 

With rapid growth in consumer health consciousness, “flexitarianism”, vegetarianism and organics consumption, our company has grown by an average 20% per year for the last two years and over 10% per year for the last decade. We are always at work creating new and innovative vegetarian food concepts to provide our loyal customers with high-quality, delicious meatless meals. We have four sales channels: retail (Sol Cuisine brand), private label, foodservice and ingredient sales.

 

Where are Sol Cuisine products made?

 

All of Sol Cuisine’s retail products and most of our foodservice and private label products are made in Mississauga (pronounced miss-is-sog-ah, Ontario, in our 11,500 sq. ft. HACCP-certified facility. Our facility is also Certified Organic and accredited for Kosher, Halal and Non-GMO production. We are a small, privately owned business with fewer than 50 employees, each of whom participates in our Open-Book financial management system.

 

VALUES AND ATTRIBUTES

 

What is Open Book Finance?

 

Sol Cuisine uses Open Book Finance, a unique management technology that involves sharing financial and other key data with all members of the staff team; empowering team members as leaders in their areas of expertise; meeting regularly to assess progress towards the identified “plan”; and playing “games” – a way to reframe problems as opportunities and create energy around accomplishing goals. In short, we believe that every team member has to have a sense of the ‘big picture’ in order to do their job well, and it benefits everybody to share information, celebrate achievements and solve problems together. Sol Cuisine employees also benefit from a “gain-sharing” program, where profit above a certain level is split between the company and its team.

 

Does Sol Cuisine use local and organic ingredients?

 

As the first manufacturers of organic tofu in Canada, we’ve been using organic, local, Non-GMO soybeans since 1986. Our partnership with Harro Wehrmann, a Ripley, ON farmer, ensures our access to these precious beans, farmed sustainably and bought at a fair price. Ontario grown soybeans are considered among the best in the world, as our colder climate results in higher protein content.

 

Our focus on local and organic suppliers means we enjoy long-standing relationships with many Ontario and Canadian growers/farmers and ingredient suppliers. Sol Cuisine maintains relationships with local vendors and growers to assist in the development of the regional economy, a hallmark of our company’s philosophy. As a leading Canadian vegetarian foods manufacturer, Sol Cuisine is committed to providing healthy, great-tasting vegetarian food and our line-up of Non-GMO; Wheat- and Gluten-Free; Kosher; Halal; and Organic vegan products includes tofu, veggie burgers, falafel, veggie crumbles and more.

 

Are Sol Cuisine retail products Non-GMO Project Verified?

 

Yes. All of our retail products are verified by The Non-GMO Project. Though we’ve been committed to sourcing Non-GMO ingredients for many years, in 2010 we proudly joined the Non-GMO Project. Participation in this independent third party verification program is designed to assess compliance with specific standards, requiring traceability, segregation and testing at critical control points, to offer consumers a Non-GMO choice for products made without genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technologies. To-date, we have achieved Non-GMO Project verification for the majority of our retail products.

 

Are Sol Cuisine retail products Wheat- and Gluten-Free Certified?

 

In 2011, we began the process of certifying our wheat- and gluten-free products through the Celiac Sprue Association and have achieved certification for the majority of our retail products. Our only non-gluten-free retail product is our Almond Grain Burger, American Retail Here , which contains spelt. Our gluten-free items have tested externally at under 5 PPM of gluten (the highest testing standard) and we test each batch internally using ELISA test strips, in addition to following segregation and equipment wash-down procedures that prevent gluten contamination.

 

Does Sol Cuisine offer any Wheat- and Gluten-Free foodservice products?

 

Our Meatless Burger, Mushroom Rice Burger, Organic Veggie Crumbles, Organic BBQ Tofu Ribs, Organic Tofu and Texturized Vegetable Protein are gluten-free. Many progressive restaurants serve our gluten-free and vegan options. Click here to find Sol-serving restaurants.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

How do we use Harro’s soybeans?

 

Using a process we’ve perfected over 30 years, our tofu masters cook and grind Harro Wehrmann’s soybeans, separating the soymilk from the soy fibre (or okara). The soy milk is hand-stirred and Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride are added to curd the soy milk, turning it into hand-cut blocks of tofu in a process similar to cheese-making. The tofu is used in our Organic BBQ Tofu Ribs, (American retail here), as well as our Organic Artisan Tofu. The leftover okara is mixed into our Almond Grain Burger (American retail here) and Organic Falafel (American retail here), adding organic content and dietary fibre to these delicious products.

 

What is Modified Vegetable Gum (or Modified Cellulose)?

 

Modified Vegetable Gum is a gluten-free ingredient made from plant fibre that we use to hold several of our products together. Most vegetarian and vegan burgers are bound by and based on wheat gluten and therefore are not gluten-free. Modified Vegetable Gum (sometimes called Modified Cellulose or Methylcellulose) gives our products their famous “bite”, that chewy, resistant mouth-feel you get when you bite into one of our patties.

 

Will Sol Cuisine continue to use Modified Vegetable Gum?

 

Our product development team is currently researching and testing alternatives. Stay tuned.

 

What kind of Caramel Colour does Sol Cuisine use?

 

The Caramel Colour in our Original Burger and Veggie Breakfast Sausages is a Non-GMO Project Verified ingredient that is made from cane sugar. Our product development team is currently reworking the recipe for these products, with an eye to using Organic Blackstrap Molasses instead, which provides greater nutritional value and an attractive, rich brown colour.

 

Do Sol Cuisine Products Contain Hexane?

 

Sol Cuisine products do not contain any hexane. Hexane is a solvent commonly used to extract oil; for example, to separate the protein from the oil in soybeans. There is no hexane in the soy protein concentrate or in our products.

 

Do Sol Cuisine Products Contain MSG?

Sol Cuisine products do not use any MSG and there is none in our facility.

 

Are Autolyzed Yeast Extract (AYE) and Yeast Extract YE also called MSG? 

No, monosodium glutamate (MSG) is its own flowable salt form of the isolated glutamic acid compound. Yeast Extract is a full protein, made up of many organic compounds, and has a full amino acid profile.

 

Why does the general public have a misconception that YE is not acceptable on a food label? 

Yeast extract in part utilizes the amino acid of glutamic acid to enhance flavour, along with many other essential and non-essential amino acids that carry nutritional benefits. MSG is an isolated form of the singular non-essential amino acid glutamic acid. The misconception has been in relating the two, and believing that an AYE will impart similar concentration levels and isolated forms of this compound.