The Dutch word ‘soya’ comes from the days of the East India Company. 'Chang yin' is ancient Chinese for soya sauce. The Japanese pronounce this as 'sho-yu'. Sho means bean and Yu means oil. When the Dutch discovered this soya sauce in Japan, they transformed the word ‘shoyu’ into ‘soye’. Over the last 300 years this word has gradually changed into ‘soya’.