New products made from clean, organic and health-promoting ingredients are constantly being introduced in the natural products industry. The Co-op’s merchandizers and buyers put a lot of effort into staying on top of the trends, and bringing in the products they feel Co-op owners and shoppers would benefit from. In this column, I will introduce you to some of the newest products to find a home on the Co-op’s shelves. Many of these will also be sampled in-store so you can taste them, too.
Coyo Coconut Milk Yogurt
Coyo is made from the fresh cream of coconuts. It is vegan, paleo and certified kosher. Coyo is free of dairy, soy, honey, gluten, eggs and sesame. It is made in small batches in a customized “coconut only” kitchen which means there is zero possibility of cross-contamination from dairy or wheat products. The yogurt contains plant-based probiotics and active live cultures to support a healthy digestive system. There are no artificial ingredients, colorings, preservatives or added sugar. The coconuts are harvested by hand; Coyo supports local farmers in their use of sustainable farming practices. Best of all, the yogurt is silky-smooth with rich flavor and a touch of tang.
Coyo’s founders strive to educate consumers about the healthy benefits of coconut. Coconut contains lauric acid, a saturated fat. Saturated fats are generally considered “bad” fat, but science has shown that lauric acid has powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties. Coconut is also high in medium-chain fatty acids, which also have health benefits.
The Co-op sells Coyo coconut milk yogurt in two sizes, 5.3 and 12 oz, and in three flavors. Taste it and see why Coyo calls their yogurt “Heaven in a Mouthful”.
Hodo Soy Beanery Tofu Products
Hodo Soy Beanery’s mission is “to craft the highest quality tofu and create innovative and delicious tofu-based artisan foods”. All of their products are made from organic, non-GMO, US-grown, whole soybeans grown by a farmer cooperative called the Midwest Organic Farmers Cooperative. Hodo means “good bean” in Chinese. The company believes that by using “good beans” they can make a delicious product and by being “good beans” they can have a positive impact on the community they serve.
Hodo Soy Beanery selects soybeans based on stringent protein and fat requirements. The whole soybeans are reconstituted and ground to a puree; the puree is then simmered before extracting the bean “milk”. Calcium sulfate, a naturally-occurring mineral, is added to coagulate the milk and form tofu curds. These are then wrapped in cheesecloth and pressed. In addition to tofu, Hodo Soy Beanery also makes yuba. They do this by simmering the soy milk, which causes the fats and protein in it to rise to the top and form a paper-thin sheet. The sheet is lifted off the surface of the milk by hand and hung to dry.
The Co-op carries several Hodo Soy Beanery products: firm tofu; pre-cooked, seasoned tofu nuggets; seasoned yuba noodles; and yuba skins. Taste the difference artisan-craftsmanship makes in these tofu products.