There’s a Tofu Shortage in Canada—Here’s Why You Should Care
In the span of two weeks, shoppers have wiped out grocery shelves completely.
Quebec is currently experiencing a massive tofu shortage in the wake of Health Canada’s latest dietary guidelines promoting plant-based diets. The province’s two main tofu suppliers—Unisoya and Soyarie—are struggling to keep up with the demand for tofu in grocery stores, according to reports from local newspaper La Presse. Soyarie has said it will stop selling tofu to major chains in the Canadian region until they can work out supply issues.
This may seem like the tofu lovers’ equivalent to everyone flooding gyms in January, but Charles Charlebois, a Canadian food distribution and policy professor, said this may end up being a good thing for both grocery stores and tofu consumers in the long run.
“It’s actually good news if there are expansion projects going on in tofu,” Charlebois told vegan blog Livekindly. “It means that financiers in the tofu sector expect demand for tofu to increase over time.”
Fortunately, both companies are expanding their factories and working to make their supply meet the spike in demand for the soy-based meat alternative. And, from the looks of it, that demand isn’t going to decrease anytime soon.
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According to a recent study, over 6.4 million Canadians are actively trying to reduce their animal protein intake, and that trend is also growing in the United States. The demand for plant-based products in America is higher than ever before, even from those who eat meat. A survey taken last summer showed that while only a small amount of the population considers themselves a "textbook" vegetarian or vegan, over two-thirds of Americans are attempting to decrease their meat intake, mostly citing financial and health reasons.