WHAT IS A SOYBEAN?
Soy is a legume and has been grown for three millennia in Asia and, more recently, has been successfully cultivated around the world. Today, the world’s top producers of soy are the United States, Brazil, Argentina, China and India.
About 85 percent of the world’s soybeans are processed, or crushed, annually into soybean meal and oil. Of the oil portion, 95 percent is consumed as edible oil. The rest is used for industrial products such as fatty acids, soaps and biodiesel. Soy is one of the few plants that provide a complete protein, as it contains all eight amino acids essential for human health.
In order to ensure the integrity of Zoye, Zeeland Food Services, Inc.® uses only identity preserved (IP) soybeans. This means that details about the identity and origin of the crop is tracked from the farm all the way to the finished product. IP soybeans command a premium in the marketplace because of the additional work involved.