Seth Tibbott

Is Chairman & Founder at The Tofurky Company

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Seth Tibbott founded Turtle Island Foods, dba “The Tofurky Company”.

In 1980 on $2,500, his life savings from his 8 year career as a teacher/naturalist in the Portland, Oregon public schools. The company’s first product, tempeh (a fermented soy bean cake from Indonesia), was made and delivered in small batches to natural food Stores in Portland, Oregon and the west coast.  

The first 15 years in business were a financial struggle leading Seth in 1984 to rent three trees for $25.00 per month and build a 3 story tree house in which he lived for the next 7 years. 

In 1995, the company’s fortunes changed with the introduction of the first Tofurky roasts at Thanksgiving. 500 roasts were sold that year throughout the Pacific Northwest but soon a larger, national market came calling.

Today, 35 years after it’s founding, Tofurky is still a family owned, independent enterprise and Seth is still the company’s Chairman. The company is a model of “slow growth” and is unique for never having any outside investment except for $17,000 from Seth’s brother Bob in 1989. Tofurky products are sold in over 12,000 stores worldwide on all 7 continents. The Company is headquartered in Hood River, Oregon in a LEED Platinum eco production plant.