Major soup category news landed at the end of 2017 when Campbell Soup Company announced it completed the acquisition of Pacific Foods of Oregon (Pacific Foods) for $700 million in cash. Over the course of 2018, Campbell appointed Roberto Leopardi as President, Campbell Meals & Beverages and introduced Well Yes!® Sipping Soups. Pacific Foods on the other pushed deeper into the bone broth segment with a line of soups made with organic bone broth.
Within the larger, overall soup category, data from IRI show dollar and sales increases for broths and dry and ramen soups. Nissin Foods, Gardena, Calif. reformulated its Nissin Top Ramen brand to cut sodium by an average of 15% across all flavors, remove added MSG and remove all artificial flavors. Separately, it introduced Cup Noodles Very Veggie, which it says is the only instant noodle cup to feature one full vegetable serving.
Here is a look at some of the most notable soup product introductions from 2018.
Five Way Foods Partners with Stonewall Kitchen for Ready-to-Use Soup Mixes
Five Way Foods fresh refrigerated bone broths are a healthy and wholesome combination with Stonewall Kitchen soup mixes
Well Yes! Sipping Soups
The smooth, creamy soups are a good source of fiber and meet vegetarian dietary needs
Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soy Sauce Flavor
The first instant Noodle Cup with one full serving of vegetables releases new flavor based on consumer requests
Pressery Ramen with Fresh Broth-Based Kits
New ramen product aims to meet consumer demand for healthy grab-and-go options
Pacific Foods’ Organic Soups Made with Bone Broth
Each variety features bone broth and plant-based protein sources such as lentils, chickpeas and beans
Naughty Noah’s Pho Noodle Soup
New line of single-serving Pho noodle soups are gluten-free, vegan non-GMO; soy, fish and preservative-free and ready to eat in minutes