Courtesy of Campbell’s
Chances are you’ve heard of Campbell’s, best known for its soups with the red and white labels. Campbell Soup Company also makes Pepperidge Farm, V8, Bolthouse Farms, Swanson and Prego products, among others.
In a press release last month, Campbell’s announced its plans to change its recipes and offer more organic choices in an effort to provide healthier products for consumers. Information about how Campbell’s products are made and why ingredients were chosen will be available to consumers on the What’s In My Food website. For example, visiting the site will provide a list of some of the brand’s products. Clicking on tomato soup brings consumers to a page that offers a brief summary of the soup, followed by the key ingredients (tomato puree, high fructose corn syrup and water) and why those products were chosen (for example, the site states, “We use water in many of our products to achieve the right consistency.”). After the key ingredients come the other additives. Salt and citric acid are added for flavor, wheat flour is added for texture and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is added to replace the vitamin C that’s lost during preparation. The site even lists GMO and non-GMO ingredients as well as who makes and grows the soup (the tomato soup ingredients comes from farmers in America and Canada).
The recipe changes will primarily involve the company’s products for kids, based on feedback received from parents. The condensed soups for children will still have no artificial flavors or colors and no preservatives, but certain ingredients, such as added MSG, will be removed. The new recipe should be in stores this month, the press release states. In addition, Campbell’s will introduce non-GMO organic soups for children, which will increase the company’s organic offerings.
By the end of fiscal year 2018, Campbell’s plans on removing artificial flavors and colors from all of its products. The use of high fructose corn syrup in some of the company’s products will also cease.
To find out more about Campbell Soup Company’s changes, visit the website.