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KEY INGREDIENTS

Stock

The key ingredient in any soup is stock or broth. We use chicken, vegetable and clam stock depending on the Homestyle soup variety.

Vegetables

We use a variety of vegetables – carrots, celery, spinach, corn, peppers, green beans, butternut squash, and potato – mostly sourced from North American farms and carefully cooked to preserve their delicious flavor.

Meat

We use meat, including chicken and beef, sourced from USDA certified suppliers. For example, the chicken we use is from farms in Alabama and Georgia.  

Pasta, beans & rice

Pasta, beans, rice, wild rice, and brown rice are used to create soups that are delicious and satisfying. The pasta is made with egg, and enriched flour, that is milled from wheat grown in the U.S. and Canada. Most of the beans and grains are from crops grown in North America.

INGREDIENTS FOR FLAVOR


We select ingredients to add unique flavors to Campbell’s Homestyle soups. Many of these are commonly used, but others you may not be familiar with.  We’ve explained some of these here.

Disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate

Are flavors that when used with glutamic acid, help create a savory or an umami flavor. These are naturally occurring proteins which are found in vegetables such as mushrooms.

Lactic acid

A common acid found in dairy foods such as milk. We add it to improve the tart or subtle sour flavor in some of our dairy-based soups.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

MSG is made by fermenting cane or beet molasses and is used to enhance the food’s savory flavor. Glutamatic acid is a naturally occurring amino acid.

Partially hydrogenated soybean oil

A soybean oil that has been changed using a process called hydrogenation which “hardens” the oil, raising its melting point and helping to improve the stability of foods. We have removed partially hydrogenated oils from almost all of our foods. One variety of Homestyle soup contains an ingredient which includes partially hydrogenated oil, and we working to remove this.

Potassium chloride

A type of salt we use to reduce the amount of table salt (sodium chloride) in our recipes.

Sodium citrate

A type of salt we use to create a sour or savory flavor. It is sometimes called "sour salt".

Sodium phosphate

A type of salt that allows mixtures of ingredients to blend easily or “emulsify”. It is also used to maintain the texture and flavor of the meat and cheese in our recipes as they are cooking.

Succinic acid

A natural flavor enhancer made from fermenting sugar. It is typically used to add a sea-salty flavor.

INGREDIENTS FOR TEXTURE & COLOR


We carefully select ingredients that help blend the soup smoothly and ensure that it looks, as well as tastes, appealing.

Locust bean gum

Used to give some of our foods a smooth, thick texture. This ingredient is made from the seeds of the carob tree and is also sometimes called carob bean gum.

Modified food starch

Helps to thicken the soup and give it a smooth, consistent texture.

Soy protein concentrate

Made from soybean flour after the sugar portion has been removed. We use this protein to enhance the texture of our food and also help thicken cream soups.

Soy protein isolate

Made from soybeans and almost entirely protein. Is used to help keep the chicken tender during cooking.

Whey protein concentrate

Made from whey, a byproduct of cheese making, and used to enhance the texture of our food.

Xanthan gum

A thickener used to blend our spices and ingredients to give a consistent flavor and appearance. It’s made by fermenting corn sugar, wheat or soy.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS


In America, approximately 90% of all canolacornsoybean and sugar beet crops are grown from genetically modified seeds. Farmers have been using these seeds for more than 20 years as they are safe, reduce costs and improve yields.

The ingredients in Homestyle soups that may be derived from these crops are:

Canola

- vegetable oils which may be from canola, corn or soy

Corn

- corn oil, corn syrup solids, lactic acid, maltodextrin, modified food starch

Soybean

- partially hydrogenated soybean oil, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, soybean oil, soy lecithin

Sugar beet

- citric acid, molasses, sugar

Non-GMO Ingredients

All other ingredients are not genetically modified.

WHO MAKES THE SOUP

We buy many of our ingredients from farmers in America and Canada.

More than 75% of the produce we buy as a company is from the U.S. – that’s around 2.5 billion pounds a year.

We make our Homestyle soups in Ohio, Texas and North Carolina.

We employ around 4,000 people across these locations.

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PACKAGING

Our Homestyle soup is available in cans and microwaveable bowls.

Steel cans are among the safest, most convenient, affordable and environmentally sustainable forms of packaging. The steel cans we use are recyclable and contain 30% recycled steel.

Our cans are coated on the inside with a thin layer of plastic to separate the food from the can. This keeps the food safe and preserves its nutritional value. Often this lining contains a substance called bisphenol A or BPA. We understand that some people would prefer to avoid BPA, although it’s safe to use in packaging. In March 2016, we announced plans to transition to non-BPA can linings and coatings and started shipping cans with linings made from acrylic or polyester. We expect this transition to be complete by mid-2017.

While  the clear microwaveable plastic bowls do not use BPA, the metal rim which ensures the packaging is tightly sealed and the food is kept safe does. We are moving to non-BPA coatings on these metal fixtures. The clear plastic bowls and lids aren’t typically recyclable (check with your local community).

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