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“It’s not about everyone becoming a vegetarian, but everyone should make sure their food pyramid has not been overturned.”

Ján Lunter, founder

Our story

From our home to a modern production facility

We started as a small family business making products in the basement of our family home in Banská Bystrica. We looked for inspiration everywhere, especially in Asia, where they tofu was invented where it is still most consumed. With the help of our family members, supporters and later also employees, we grew from year to year. We focused on product development, invested in new technologies. Today, after almost thirty years, our production takes place in a complex of modern production lines at a facility than a hundred times larger. We employ more than two hundred employees, whom we treat with care.

Lunter Tofu

Our milestones

  • 1980

    “I became interested in healthy eating when my mother became ill. I was looking for a way to help her. I learnt about a healthy diet and the word “TOFU” through Augustín Štefanec. The inspiration was born.”

  • 1991

    Together with R. Petrovi, he founded the ALFA BIO company. This was our first commercial production of tofu: 200 – 500 kg per month, in the basement of the family home.

  • 1992

    The premiere of our TOFU at the U Hybernů exhibition in Prague. We still had a lot to learn about foodstyle. We started our first restaurant at Horná 39 in Banská Bystrica, and with it our first store.

  • 1993

    The first large order from the Prior department store arrived by fax.

  • 1994

    We gained inspiration and experience in Japan.

  • 1995

    27 000 kg per month, our first TOFU vehicle.

  • 1996

    Sjon Welters, a pioneer of tofu production living in the USA, visited Alfa Bio as part of the Volunteers in Overseas Cooperation Assistance (VOCA) program and contributed to the improvement of production technologies.

  • 2000

    We received honours and awards. We appreciated it very much, thank you.

  • 2001

    A family friend of the Lunter family mixed the first French spread at home by combining delicious French yeast, tofu and okara.

  • 2005

    Automation, development, set up, control. Lots of work!

  • 2006-2012

    Ján Lunter’s sons joined the company

  • 2008

    A well was dug in the production area, from which the water is, according to tests, at the level of water suitable for babies, thanks to the limestone bedrock of the Kremnica Mountains. This unique water, enriched with calcium and minerals, makes our LUNTER Tofu so special.

  • 2012

    Looking forward to purchasing new equipment with the production director.

  • 2012

    Entry into the Czech market through a newly created team of Czech salespeople

  • 2015

    Launch of own distribution in Poland

  • 2015

    Visit of President Andrej Kiska to the factory

  • 2016

    The company already sells more products abroad than in Slovakia

  • 2017

    SPP opens a CNG filling station next to the Alfa Bio production hall. Although we had been running on ecological natural gas since 2006, we also made this option available to other customers. Together with public transport, we are the main user of CNG.

  • 2018

    Launch of production of LUNTER tofu sausages, unique in Europe in terms of taste and quality. The basic raw material is our LUNTER tofu, which we produce from our soya bean grains.

  • 2020

    Foundation of Plant Republic GmbH for western Europe.

  • 2020

    Introduction of our brand - LUNTER TOFU NATURAL in BIO quality on the German market in REWE supermarkets. ALFA BIO products can already be found in 19 European countries.

  • 2020

    Investment in increasing production capacities (continuous pasteurization, packaging automation, silo for BIO soya beans and many other technologies enabling significant acceleration of production)

  • 2020

    Launch of production of an innovative product line – LUNTER GRILL TOFU in two flavours, with a balanced marinade ideal for barbecues with friends and family. Part of the concept of ready meals - quick and easy preparation in 2 minutes.

  • 2020

    start of production of flavoured LUNTER PLANT DRINKS – a unique combination of a plant and sour drink without preservatives. Another innovation of European importance.

Lunter Tofu

Our mission

  • Lunter Tofu We bring innovative solutions for a healthy lifestyle
  • Lunter Tofu We contribute to changing eating habits
  • Lunter Tofu Honesty, high quality, for everyone

Our values

  • Harmony

    We create an environment in which we pay attention to the balance between work and private life, humans and nature.

  • Openness

    Vážime si rôznorodosť a úprimnú komunikáciu. Prííjmame a poskytujeme názor s dôverou a bez predsudkov.

  • Pioneering

    We bring innovation, ideas and improvement with courage. We have a constant desire to learn and to make an effort to make the world a better place for ourselves and future generations.

  • Responsibility

    Sme poctiví a svedomití voči sebe, firme a svojmu okoliu. Uprednostňujeme dlhodobé ciele nad krátkodobými.

  • Teamwork

    We are convinced that the success is not only due to the ingenious idea of the individual, but also due to the effort and responsible work of all of us.

Our rules of cooperation

We are confident. We are determined. We are agile.

  • Quality and safety

    We constantly improve quality and do not endanger safety.

  • Quick and simple solutions

    We choose quick and simple solutions while staying on the set path.

  • Openness and respect

    We are open to each other and we respect each other.

  • We're getting better

    Today we are visibly better than yesterday.

  • Management by agreement

    We do what we have agreed, respecting that our work is changing.

  • Lunter Tofu Our products

    100 % plant-based, rich with nutrition and without preservatives

    PWe offer food based on plant proteins.
    The soya from which we make our tofu, tasty spreads, sausages and other products grows in Europe. It is grown by our partner certified farmers following the highest environmental standards, without using GMOs.
    We process high-quality soybeans using traditional methods that have been proven over centuries, the essence of which is the cooking and fermentation of beans. Food prepared in this way has demonstrable beneficial effects on human health. Our products are prepared exclusively from fresh plant-based ingredients, carefully processed to retain all their good properties. We do not use any preservatives or other artificial additives.
    On the plate you get healthy, protein-rich and carefully prepared food in standard high quality. Our products also contain important fibre, vitamins, omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids and another 20 amino acids.

  • Lunter Tofu Our taste experts

    We live our gourmet mission without compromise
    “Yum, that really tastes of pork rind, like pate, mexican food, chives, cheese or like hummus.” Perhaps you’ve said something like that when you tried one of our spreads. Or you licked your lips happily after enjoying great soya sausages, tofu roasts or plant-based desserts.
    Your taste experience is the result of the many years of our passionate quest for the perfect combinations of the highest quality ingredients. We think we can say that thanks to our perseverance, courage and uncompromising nature, we have become experts on how to give purely plant-based foods an exceptional and captivating taste.
    Our enthusiasm remains intense, so in the near future you can expect new taste experiences and a gradual penetration into new segments from the Lunter brand.

  • Lunter Tofu Our success

    In the middle of a success story
    We have always been driven by the belief that our business is helping people to live better. The biggest reward for our determination is that we can experience this success story. Thanks to you, satisfied customers, Lunter is a well-established and loved brand.
    At the beginning, we produced 500 kilograms of tofu per month for the domestic market. Today, we ship more than 310 tons of tofu and spreads per month to eighteen European countries. We are expecting further growth, also thanks to new innovative products and new markets in which we will find satisfied customers.
    We are simply moving on. We are fulfilling our mission, today on a pan-European scale.
    Today we are the second largest manufacturer of tofu in Europe!

  • Lunter Tofu Our responsibility

    We are part of addressing climate change

    We believe that in order to maintain the quality of life on planet Earth, we must find long-term sustainable balance in every area of our business.

    We use 13 times less water for the production of purely plant-based products, we need 18 times less land and we produce 2 times less carbon dioxide than for the production of equally nutritionally rich foods from animal-based production. In this way we significantly contribute to ecological sustainability through the balanced nutrition of our customers.

    All the packaging in which we currently pack our products is made of recyclable plastic materials. However, we are working to replace it with purely plant-based packaging.

    We buy raw materials from local suppliers, thereby minimizing the carbon footprint. We also save drinking water, do not burden the surrounding environment and use ecological natural gas for transport.

    Over the long term, we have been one of the environmentally responsible companies.

  • Lunter Tofu Our solutions

    From cubes of tofu to varied daily meals

    We started with an ordinary cube of hard tofu, continued with different flavours for our spreads, added tofu sausages, and we want to go further. Our team of top developers is constantly researching and actively looking for new ways of processing plant-based raw materials. Our ambition is to expand our current product portfolio to cover our daily food needs with even greater variety.

    We are pleased to present and test the potential of our products at the Lunter restaurant and bistro, where we prepare various dishes from breakfast and morning snacks through main dishes, appetizers and desserts. We will be able to fulfil all your requirements.

    By the way, do you fancy some cheesecake? Of course, from Lunter, it’s 100 % plant-based.

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  • Lunter Tofu Your solutions – spreads

    Lunter spreads, eaten a million different ways

    Breakfast, snacks or dinner. Spreads have always been a part of our everyday sustenance. And as eating habits develop, people are increasingly using our 100% plant-based spreads on sandwiches for their loved ones.

    You can put so much care and love into sandwich spreads. But there is also the symbolism and creativity. Do you like pate with homemade chili sauce, pork rind with peppers straight from the garden, or are you planning a children’s party and you want the sandwiches to shine with colours?

    It just depends on your imagination and creativity.

  • Lunter Tofu Your solutions – tofu

    Our tofu is waiting for your tastes

    Nobody has tried to count all the combinations of ingredients and tastes that we can add to our ordinary or flavoured tofu. And it would probably be useless, because there are practically unlimited possibilities.

    Do you fancy treating yourself to healthy salads, barbecued treats, traditional Slovak or exotic tastes from international cuisine? No problem, our tofu can absorb them all and reward your taste buds. It’s also in a healthy and nutritious form.

    The only limits are your imagination and creativity.

Our team

Juraj Lunter

CEO

Erika Zemková

Head of Operations

Milan Albert

CFO

Džamila Hrtúsová

Head of Exports and Private Brands

Juraj Hajkovský

Head of HR

Anna Buzinkay

Head of Marketing

Jakub Lunter

Head of Business Development