ANTIBIOTIC FREE CHICKEN
In 2017, we committed to sourcing 100% “No Antibiotic Ever (NAE)” chicken for our diced and canned chicken products in the U.S. and Canada. We have since achieved this goal. This means we don’t allow antibiotics to be added to the feed, water or any commercial vaccines used by our chicken suppliers. We use tens of millions of pounds of chicken a year, and we’re working with our suppliers to develop a stable, sustainable, supply chain that can continue delivering on this commitment.
We are committed to the humane treatment of animals, and animal welfare is a key part of our vision for a sustainable supply chain. We require our suppliers to implement procedures to prevent the mistreatment of animals, including how they are raised, cared for, transported, and processed.
We have begun using cage-free eggs in our products and are working with our suppliers to achieve this goal by 2025.
Campbell offers nearly 100 different products across our portfolio that are gluten-free. These include Campbell’s Tomato juice and a wide variety of our Pace salsas, Prego Italian sauces, Swanson broths and stocks, and V8 juices. Here is a list of our gluten-free products.
We have a strict two-step process for validating a product as gluten-free and ensuring that it meets FDA’s criteria for the claim. First, we verify all the ingredients are gluten-free, then we analyze the finished product to make sure it meets all relevant requirements.
In addition, many of our products are made without gluten-containing ingredients but are manufactured on shared equipment that have not been tested for the presence of gluten. These products may be suitable for people looking to reduce gluten but not for those who may have celiac disease. These products can be identified by the lack of gluten-containing ingredients on the label, even though the labels does not make a gluten-free claim.
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
High Fructose Corn Syrup or HFCS is a liquid sweetener. Although we have significantly reduced our use of the ingredient in recent years, we do use high fructose corn syrup when it is right for the recipe, mostly to help deliver a smoother texture than other sugars can provide, or to keep the cost of a product affordable. High fructose corn syrup contains the same number of calories as table sugar and has been widely used in the food industry for more than fifty years.
More than 80% of the products we offer for retail sale in the United States do not contain high fructose corn syrup including Campbell’s Sauces, Campbell’s Homestyle soup, Swanson broth, Prego Italian sauces and Slow Kettle Style soups.
Many people have told us they would prefer to avoid HFCS, which is why we will continue to move away from using it in new products we launch and explore opportunities to remove it from certain existing products.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of a common amino acid. MSG occurs naturally in many foods, such as tomatoes and cheeses. It has been used safely as a seasoning in cooking for more than 100 years. It adds a savory or umami flavor and when used in conjunction with salt it creates a clean savory taste.
MSG is lower in sodium compared with table salt (sodium chloride). It contains only 13% sodium compared to 39% sodium in table salt. This means a small amount of MSG can be used instead of salt to create an appealing savory flavor. This is particularly useful when making great tasting foods which have reduced sodium and fat.
For people looking to avoid MSG, we make nearly 600 different product varieties that don’t contain added MSG. These include soups, broths, salsas, cooking sauces, canned pastas and others in our Meals & Beverages portfolio and crackers, chips, pretzels, popcorn, nuts, and other savory snacks in our Snacks portfolio.
We purchase only 100% certified sustainably-sourced palm oil for the food we make and sell under the Campbell portfolios in the U.S. We are continuing to work to source only 100% certified sustainable palm oil in our Snyder’s-Lance portfolio, which we acquired in 2018.
Both Campbell and our palm oil suppliers are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a group composed of palm growers, palm oil users, retail food chains and NGOs. The RSPO was created to promote the development and use of sustainable palm oil through supply chain cooperation and an open dialogue with stakeholders. The certification for palm oil will be provided through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Click here for our sustainable palm oil sourcing guidelines.
One way we reduced sodium across our portfolio is by using alternative ingredients such as potassium salt. Potassium salt can replace a portion of the sodium, provide a savory flavor to foods and help consumers incorporate more of this essential mineral into their diet. Eating foods with potassium can help maintain a healthy blood pressure, which contributes to heart health. Potassium can help blunt the effects of sodium on blood pressure. Current Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 4,700 mg of potassium and no more than 2,300 mg of sodium daily.
If you want to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, we offer more than 500 products across our Snacks and Meals & Beverages divisions that meet FDA’s strict criteria for being called “healthy,” which includes a limit on sodium per serving. In our Meals & Beverages division, we offer lower sodium varieties of Campbell’s soup, Swanson stock and broth, and V8 beverages to help consumers meet their unique dietary needs. Our Snacks division also offers consumers lower sodium options with products like Cape Cod Lightly Salted chips, Kettle Brand Unsalted Chips, Snyder’s of Hanover Unsalted Mini Pretzels, Emerald Natural Almonds and Walnuts, and more.
To learn more about how we view sodium in our products, review our Position on Sodium.
SYNTHETIC FLAVORS AND COLORS
We know that some people would prefer to avoid synthetic flavors and colors in their foods and drinks. We made a commitment in 2015 to remove synthetic flavors and colors from nearly all of our North American products by the end of 2018. We made significant progress against that goal, with more than 95% of our portfolio free of synthetic flavors and colors in 2018. We have since made a series of acquisitions that have broadened our portfolio significantly, including the 2018 acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance brands which are now part of our Snacks division, along with Pepperidge Farm. The Snacks division accounts for nearly half of our annual net sales. The addition of over 1,000 products to our portfolio has required us to pause and reassess our plans. In the interim, we will continue to evaluate the use of these ingredients in every new product we launch.