Campbell’s History - Campbell Soup Company (2024)

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We’ve been proudly making food for over 150 years. Our heritage is a testament to the iconic brands and delicious foods that our employees—past and present—created and continue to build upon today. Explore a few milestones along our journey.

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1869

Joseph Campbell, a wholesale fruit and vegetable vendor, and Abraham Anderson, a commercial canner and packer, form the firm of Anderson & Campbell in Camden, New Jersey. This would one day become Campbell Soup Company.

1894

Arthur Dorrance succeeds Joseph Campbell as president. Joseph Campbell retires, ending the association of the original founders, with Abraham Anderson having previously left the partnership in 1876.

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1895

First jar of ready-to-eat soup, Beefsteak Tomato, is introduced. New Jersey Beefsteak tomatoes had been our signature product for over 25 years, featured prominently on our labels and first trademark.

1897

Dr. John T. Dorrance, Arthur’s nephew,inventsthe process ofcondensing soup, leading to smaller packaging: Cans!The invention makessoups more affordable for families while preserving the quality of the ingredients.

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1898

First red & white soup can label debuts after a company executive attends the annual Cornell-Penn football game and is impressed by Cornell’s new red and white uniforms.

1900

The company wins a bronze medal for product excellence at the Paris Exposition. The medallion is added to the can label where it still appears to this day.

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1904

Campbell Kids are “born” when a Philadelphia artist, Grace Dayton, sketches them for a series of streetcar advertisem*nts.

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Later, the Campbell Kids will be portrayed playing many roles…

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…including farmers, army doctors during World War I, and athletes training for the Winter Olympics.

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1905

Our first national ad campaign debuts in magazines like Good Housekeeping.

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1911

Campbell’s soup achieves national distribution.

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1914

Dr. John T. Dorrance, inventor of condensed soup, becomes president of the company. He leads the company until his death in 1930.

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1897

When John, born on November 11, 1873, came to Joseph Campbell Preserve Co. at the age of 24 to work as a chemist, he brought with him a Bachelor of Arts from M.I.T. and a doctorate from the University of Göttingen in Germany. John used his academic background to create the process of condensing soups.

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1910s & 1920s

Throughout the 1910s and 1920s, John Dorrance and his wife, Ethel, host annual meetings for farmers at their home on Campbell’s research farm in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Campbell’s in-house agricultural experts would discuss new growing techniques and methods, educating farmers on crop rotation, water savings, seed selection, and how to maximize yields.

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1920s

Harry Hall, Chief Agricultural Expert, inspecting tomatoes in his office at Campbell’s research farm in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. With the growing popularity ofCampbell’scondensed soups, John recognized that a stable supply of vegetables was critical to the company’s success.John invested heavily in agricultural research by hiring Harry, whoshared new techniques and methodswithCampbell’s farmers to help increase their yields.

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1929

John Dorrance and Chef Louis Charles DeLisle celebrating his Order of Chevalier du Merite (Knight of Merit) award in 1929. In 1902 Chef DeLisle became the first executive chef of Campbell’s. John believed that his condensed soups should be of the highest quality, so he worked closely with Chef DeLisle on refining each soup’s recipe until it met their exacting standards.

1915

We acquire Franco-American Food company, founded in 1886 and makers of condensed soup and canned pasta. This is our first acquisition.

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1922

We adopt “Soup” as our middle name, officially becoming Campbell Soup Company.

1931

We begin radio advertising with our iconic “M’m! M’m! Good!” jingle.

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1934

We introduce Campbell’s Noodle with Chicken and Cream of Mushroom soups. Noodle with Chicken became Chicken Noodle after a radio announcer misread an ad for the soup and the name stuck.

1941

Campbell Test Kitchens open, with professionally trained home economists developing recipes using condensed soups—many of which wouldbecome classics. Today, you can find many of these recipes (and more that have been added since) online.

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1948

We acquire V8, founded in 1933 by W.G. Peaco*ck in Evanston, Illinois. The acquisition includes a manufacturing location based in Napoleon, Ohio, opened in 1938. Today, V8 is the leading vegetable juice in the United States.

1951

Campbell’s first television commercial premieres. The company goes on to sponsor highly-rated shows, including “Lassie” and “Peter Pan.”

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1951

Future President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, appears in a V8 ad.

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1953

We launch the Campbell Soup Foundation, originally founded as the “Campbell Soup Fund,” which supports organizations driving transformative work in the communities we call home.

1954

Campbell Soup Company goes public on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol CPB.

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1955

Campbell home economist, Dorcas Reilly, creates the iconic Green Bean Casserole recipe. Every Thanksgiving, this recipe is viewed 4 million times on our website. Find more fun facts about our Green Bean Casserole or make the recipe!

1957

We open a new 136,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters less than a mile from our original location in Camden, New Jersey. This is still our home today.

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1961

We acquire Pepperidge Farm, a baked goods company founded by Margaret Rudkin in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1937. Here are a few moments from Pepperidge Farm history, before Maggie joined the Campbell family.

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1937

Margaret Rudkin, of Fairfield, Connecticut founds Pepperidge Farm to make the wholesome bread—for her son who suffers from allergies—she can’t find elsewhere on the commercial market.

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1940

Pepperidge Farm Stuffing debuts in October—just in time for Thanksgiving!

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1950

On September 28th, Pepperidge Farm produces its 100 millionth loaf of bread.

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1956

Milano cookies debut as part of a summer assortment.

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1961

Margaret becomes the first woman to serve on our Board of Directors when Pepperidge Farm is acquired.

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1962

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish debut. The first five flavors are: Lightly Salted (Original), Cheese, Pizza, Barbecue and Smoky. Today, Goldfish are among the world’s most popular snack crackers.

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1962

Andy Warhol debuts Campbell’s Soup Cans paintings at the Ferus art gallery in Los Angeles.

1965

SpaghettiOs debuts as “The greatest invention since the napkin.” Original varieties were “Original,” “Franks,” and “Little Meatballs.”

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1970

We launch Chunky soup, our first product geared specifically toward men. In 1997, Chunky soup becomes the Official Soup Sponsor of the NFL, with the birth of our famous Mama’s Boys campaign featuring NFL stars.

1974

The Campbell Soup Foundation launches a Summer Program providing safe, constructive activities for thousands of Camden youth each year.

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1981

We introduce Prego pasta sauces, becoming the #1 new dry grocery product of the decade.

1983

Our first childcarecenteropensfor Campbell families. In 2018 we celebrated the grand opening of a newstate-of-the-art Family Center.

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1988

Goldfish crackers blast into space onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.

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1990

The 20 billionth can of Campbell’s Condensed Tomato soup is made.

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1991

Campbell’s Healthy Request soups are introduced, providing a heart healthy and convenient soup option.

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1995

We acquire Pace Foods, a leading producer of salsa, founded by David Pace in San Antonio, Texas in 1947.

1997

Goldfish crackers become “The Snack That Smiles Back” with the introduction of “Smiley,” and actual smiles on some of the crackers. This marks the first-ever alteration to Goldfish since the crackers launched in 1962.

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1997

We celebrate 100 years of Campbell’s condensed soup.

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2004

We launch our first Employee Resource Group (ERG), the Campbell African American Network. Today known as the Black Resource Group, it is one of almost a dozen ERGs across the company that help us continue to build a more inclusive workplace.

2006

Goldfish Finn and Friends advertising campaign is first introduced.

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2010

We invest in the expansion of our World Headquarters in Camden, New Jersey by opening a new 80,000 square foot, silver-level LEED certified employee center. Our total footprint is now 750,000 square feet.

2011

We launch Campbell’s Healthy Communities, a 10-year, $10-million commitment to improve the health of young people in our hometown of Camden, New Jersey. The program focuses on four areas that we believe make communities healthier: food access; physical activity; nutrition education; and public will.

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2012

We dedicate a 9.8 megawatt solar field at our Napoleon, Ohio manufacturing location.

2012

We launch a limited-edition series of cans of Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup with Andy Warhol-inspired labels to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s work.

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2016

Campbell’s Well Yes! launches with 9 original varieties, including Roasted Chicken & Wild Rice.

2017

We acquire Pacific Foods, maker of natural and organic broths, soups, and plant-based beverages, founded in Tualatin, Oregon in 1987.

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2018

We acquire Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina, a leading snack company with well-known brands like Snyder’s of Hanover, Lance, Kettle Brand, Cape Cod, and Late July.

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1909

Harry V. Warehime first began making pretzels for the Hanover Pretzel Company, which later became Snyder’s of Hanover.

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1913

Philip L. Lance, began selling roasted peanuts on the streets of Charlotte and soon after the Lance peanut butter sandwich cracker was born.

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1980

Cape Cod potato chips founders started selling their homemade potato chips out of a tiny storefront in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The Cape Cod Potato Chip Hyannis Factory opened in 1985, where visitors can stop by for a self-guided tour.

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1988

Kettle Brand first introduced Sea Salt & Vinegar potato chips. Backyard BBQ potato chips were introduced in 2007 and Jalapeno potato chips in 2009. All three flavors remain fan favorites today!

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2003

Since 2003, Late July snacks has paved the way in the organic, non-GMO tortilla chip market by authentically crafting classic, delicious snacks with real ingredients. In 2020 Late July snacks debuted its first-ever national advertising campaign.

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2019

Mark A. Clouse becomes our 14th president and CEO.

2019

We celebrate 150 years of making delicious, affordable food for all.

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About Campbell's

What is the history of Campbell Soup Company? ›

Our history

We were founded by fruit merchant and namesake Joseph Campbell and commercial canner Abraham Anderson in 1869 as Anderson & Campbell. We claimed the name Campbell Soup Company during Dr. John T. Dorrance's tenure as president in honor of his groundbreaking invention—condensed soup.

Does the Campbell family still own Campbell soup? ›

Dorrance (d. 1930) invented the formula for Campbell's famous condensed soup in 1869 and took the helm of the Campbell's Soup Company in 1914. At least 87 members of his lineage today own more than a third of the global food giant, which generates more than $9 billion of annual revenue.

What Campbell's soup is no longer made? ›

Campbell's Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak soup

Campbell's officially discontinued its Philly-style cheesecake soup in 2021 to very little pushback. Reviews of the canned soup were mixed at best, with plenty of folks pointing out that it tasted nothing like an authentic Philly cheesesteak.

What is the largest soup company in the world? ›

Campbell Soup Company, American manufacturer, incorporated in 1922 but dating to a canning firm first established in 1869, that is the world's largest producer of soup.

Did China buy Campbell's soup? ›

The joint venture will be based in Campbell's current offices in Shanghai and will be responsible for manufacturing, packaging, branding, marketing, selling and distributing soup, broth and stock products in China. Campbell will retain ownership of Campbell brands and recipes and license those to the joint venture.

Who made Campbell soup famous? ›

Andy Warhol famously appropriated familiar images from consumer culture and mass media, among them celebrity and tabloid news photographs, comic strips, and, in this work, the widely consumed canned soup made by the Campbell's Soup Company.

Why is Campbell's soup closing? ›

The aging facility and inefficient nature of the site's configuration can no longer support the increased consumer demand and continued growth of the business. Campbell will close the facility in phases and expects to cease operations by July 2026, with the first phase to impact 120 of its 330 employees in August 2024.

Who is the heiress to Campbell soup? ›

Mary Alice Dorrance Malone is an American billionaire and heiress to the Campbell Soup Company fortune.

Does Campbell Soup still own Godiva? ›

The Campbell Soup Company agreed on Thursday to sell its Godiva Chocolatier unit to Yildiz Holding of Turkey for $850 million. The sale of Godiva, the iconic Belgian chocolate maker with $500 million in annual sales, ends a monthslong auction that included a cast of colorful suitors: Starbucks, Hershey's, Wm.

What is the Campbell Soup Company scandal? ›

The lawsuit against Campbell's is for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act by discharging pollutants into Maumee River from its facility, which sits about 43 miles upstream of Lake Erie. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) also filed a lawsuit, on behalf of U.S. EPA.

What is the oldest Campbell soup? ›

1895. First jar of ready-to-eat soup, Beefsteak Tomato, is introduced. New Jersey Beefsteak tomatoes had been our signature product for over 25 years, featured prominently on our labels and first trademark.

Is Progresso soup made by Campbell's? ›

Progresso, a brand of General Mills, is an American food company that produces canned soups, canned beans, broths, chili, and other food products.

What is the No 1 soup in the world? ›

According to the Taste Atlas Awards, the international food database, the Filipino favorite, Sinigang, is hailed as the best soup in the world.

Who sells more soup, Campbell's or Progresso? ›

Campbell's condensed soup alone accounted for $1.3 billion in sales, almost half of the category. The second-highest variety was Campbell's Chunky soup, with $331 million in sales, up 12.2%. Progresso soups ranked No. 3, with $259 million, up 1.2%.

Who is bigger, Heinz or Campbells? ›

Heinz went on to merge with Kraft Foods Group in 2015 to create Kraft Heinz . As of Friday's market close, the ketchup and snack giant has a market capitalization of over $73 billion, compared to around $12 billion for Campbell.

Does Campbell Soup Company own Pepperidge Farm? ›

Campbell Soup Company, one of the largest and most highly respected food companies in North America, acquires Pepperidge Farm in 1961. America gets its first taste of Goldfish® crackers in...

When did the Campbells come to America? ›

Those Campbells and other Highlanders who came to the new world in the 17th and 18th centuries were, perhaps, more ready to adapt to a raw frontier and to cope with life in an absolute wilderness than most travelers from Edinburgh or London.

Is Campbell soup in debt? ›

Total debt on the balance sheet as of January 2024 : $4.52 B

According to Campbell Soup's latest financial reports the company's total debt is $4.52 B. A company's total debt is the sum of all current and non-current debts.

Does Kraft own Campbell soup? ›

The Warren Buffett-backed Kraft Heinz reported passed on buying Campbell Soup Co. Kraft Heinz has reportedly passed on buying the Camden, N.J.-based Campbell Soup Co., which is in its own proxy battle with hedge fund Third Point to hold on to its board of directors.

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