For soup lovers worldwide, Campbell’s Soup is a firm favourite – offering delicious, creamy goodness in every single can. Since the Campbell Soup Company began over 100 years ago, it has grown to become one of the most iconic soup brands on our supermarket shelves. Keep reading as we take you on a journey through the history of Campbell’s Soup.
1869 The origins of the Campbell Soup Company lie in 19th Century America, when fruit merchant, Joseph A Campbell partnered up with icebox manufacturer Abraham Anderson to form the Joseph A Campbell Preserve Company. For over 20 years, the company supplied high quality canned tomatoes and vegetables, soups, jellies, condiments and minced meats. However, this all changed in 1897 when the company’s manager, Arthur Dorrance, reluctantly hired his nephew to join the team.
1897 As it happened, the arrival of Dr John T. Dorrence – a chemist – was to change the history of Campbell’s forever. By eliminating water in canned soup, Dorrence invented Campbell’s famous condensed variety. This resulted in lower packaging, shipping and storage costs and made it possible for people to buy a 290g can of soup for just a dime!
1898 The original labels for Campbell’s condensed tomato soup line were actually orange and blue, but this all changed in 1898 when the company’s treasurer, Herberton L. Williams, thought a red and white scheme would be more fitting. It’s believed his idea was inspired by the striking image of Cornell football team’s red and white uniform.
1898 – 1900 The famous medallion featured on the packaging of Campbell’s condensed soup existed in many different versions over this period. The final and most recognisable version is modelled on the medal the company received at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 as a symbol of excellence.
Did you know? The classic Campbell’s Condensed Soup script is thought to be founder, Joseph Campbell’s, own signature.
1913 Campbell’s Cream of Celery Soup is introduced.
1916 In the early 20th century, people began recognising the benefits of using condensed soup in their recipes – thanks in part to the cookbook ‘Helps for the Hostess’, published in 1916. Famous Campbell’s Condensed Soup recipes such as the ‘Green Bean Casserole’, and Glorified Chicken originate from this period and continue to be popular choices for family meals today.
1922 By the 20th century, the popularity of Campbell’s condensed soups was so great, the company decided to adopt ‘Soup’ as its middle name.
1934 Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom and Chicken Noodle hit the shelves.
1950 The first Campbell television adverts air in the USA, and the company goes on to sponsor popular TV shows, Lassie and Peter Pan.
1962 Artist Andy Warhol famously used the red and white Campbell’s Soup packaging design to create a series of 32 pop art silkscreened paintings – each representing a flavour from the brand’s condensed soup line.
1994 Campbell’s celebrates its 125th anniversary. Worldwide, more than 100 cans of its flagship line are purchased every second.
Today Campbell’s Condensed Soup is enriching the lives of soup lovers across the world, and continues to be a go-to brand for quick and easy, delicious meals. Take a look at our Campbells’ Condensed collection to find out more about the varieties on offer.