Shopping for Soy
Most grocery stores now carry a wide range of soy products. Our Soyfoods Month retail partners – Giant, Hy-Vee, Kroger, Meijer, Price Chopper, and Stop & Shop and many others – all carry and promote soyfoods in their stores around the country.
Where to find Soyfoods in your local grocery store:
Each grocery store stocks soy products slightly differently. Here is a general overview of the most common places in your supermarket to find soy products.
Soymilk comes in two forms – one that needs to be refrigerated, found in the refrigerated section of your supermarket, and one that is ‘shelf stable’ and does not need refrigeration until opened. Shelf stable soymilk is usually in the health food section, the cereal aisle, or near other shelf stable beverages in your grocery store. WildWood Organics and Sunrich Naturals make refrigerated soymilk while WestSoy makes shelf stable products.
Soy yogurt is most often in the refrigerated case where other yogurts are sold. If you can’t find it there, check the refrigerated natural food section of your grocery store. Look for WildWood Organics soy yogurt.
Tofu & Tempeh
Tofu also comes in many forms. There are firm, silken-style, sprouted, high protein, and baked tofu in the refrigerators in the meat section, produce section or ‘natural foods’ section of your grocery store. The shelf stable variety of silken tofu can be found in the Asian food section of your grocery store or in the natural food aisles. House Foods makes a wide variety of tofu, as do WestSoy and Wildwood Organics.
Veggie burgers, “meatballs”, “chicken” nuggets, soy sausage, soy crumbles, edamame, and other nutritious meat alternatives are in your grocer’s freezer section or in the refrigerated meat section. You might also find edamame in the fresh produce section. Both Morningstar Farms and Wildwood Organics make many different soy-based meat alternatives. Sunrich Naturals makes edamame.
To find soy nutritional bars, look in the meal replacement aisle or where other nutritional bars are sold. SOYJOY makes a wide variety of excellent snack bars.
You can find soy desserts, such as soy frozen yogurt and soy toppings, in the refrigerated section or in your freezer aisle.
Soy cheese products are located throughout most stores – in refrigerated cases with dairy and juice products, in the produce section, and in the health food or “natural food” aisles.
Soyfoods Provide Consumer Choice
Some consumers may seek soyfoods that are made with ingredients that have not been genetically engineered, commonly known as “non-genetically modified organism” (non-GMO). To permit consumer choice, many soyfoods manufacturers use soybeans and/or ingredients from soybeans that have not been genetically engineered or are certified organic, which by USDA regulations exclude genetic engineering methods. Consumers can find numerous varieties of soymilk, soy yogurt, tofu, edamame, meat alternatives and nutrition bars that are labeled “organic” or “made from non-GMO soybeans.” Depending on the product, shoppers just need to check the front of the package or the ingredient list to identify if the soyfood contains organic or “non-GMO” ingredients.
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