The first known commercial soup manufacturer was James H.W. Huckins of Boston who began canning soup in 1858. He was so successful that others quickly entered the field. Huckins was a great promoter and gave away free samples to capture the consumer. Huckins needed to be an aggressive marketer because Alphonse Biardot incorporated the Franco-American Food Company in 1886 in New Jersey. Biardot, in turn, was so successful that his company was acquired by the Campbell Soup Company in 1916.
Today, the American soup market is still dominated by Campbell's, accounting for 60% of all soup sales. Tomato soup, which was first produced in 1897, is one of the top-ten grocery items purchased and eaten by more than 25 million people each week. It is Campbell's bestselling soup. The company is now offering some newer tomato variations alongside their old standard. I had the opportunity to try a few of the new tomato soup varieties.
Some fun facts about soup:
Did you know? Starting a meal with soup adds to your overall satisfaction of eating and cuts down on the amount of calories eaten in the meal.
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Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and the author of the nutrition counter series for Pocket Books with sales of more than 8.5 million books.
The Most Complete Food Counter, 3rd ed., 2013
The Calorie Counter, 6th Ed., 2013
The Complete Food Counter, 4th ed., 2012
The Diabetes Counter, 4th Ed., 2011
The Protein Counter, 3rd Ed., 2011
The Ultimate Carbohydrate Counter, 3rd Ed., 2010
The Fat Counter, 7th ed., 2009
The Healthy Wholefoods Counter, 2008
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