The facility was made using 80% locally sourced materials and includes 400 solar panels, which produce more than 100kw hours of electricity a year, a 1,400-square-foot eco-roof with vegetable garden and a solar-powered electric car charging station.
The building is 34% more efficient than the Oregon code standard for energy efficiency, and 40% more efficient in water use. It will be fully operational in 2014.
According to Jaime Athos, executive VP, Turtle Island, the processing plant will save 40 to 50%, energy on its Tofurky production.
Tofurky is one of the fastest-growing brands in the natural foods meat-free category in the US.
Its brands include frozen Pockets, Pot Pies, vegan Quiche, frozen pizza, tempeh, deli slices, sausages and hot dogs, made from organic soy and/or tofu.