Klaus Gaiser, founder of TOPAS, was originally a sinologist, japanologist, and cultural scholar by trade – he speaks fluent Chinese and spent years studying the countries of East Asia. He learned the art of Tofu and Seitan on trips to the region in the 1970s. Even today, he is in charge of product development and manages to create innovation after innovation. His Finnish wife Sanni Ikola-Gaiser built the company together with him and is in charge of logistics. Four of their five children are involved in the company.
A long history connects us to the region around Swabian small town Mössingen, in southern Germany, where we are headquartered to this day. Our story begins in 1982, when Klaus Gaiser started Yamato Tofuhaus in an old dairy in Mössingen. (You can read more about our early history here.)
For the production capacities necessary to fulfill today’s demands, we have converted a former meatpacking plant to a vegan factory. From there, products are delivered across Europe.
Raw ingredients are sourced locally as much as possible. Our promise: our products’ ingredients cause no destruction of natural habitats anywhere.