Ferndale-based Garden Fresh Gourmet, a maker of salsa, hummus, and chips, will release a new line of refrigerated soups this October. The new line marks the first brand expansion for Garden Fresh Gourmet since it was acquired by Campbell Soup Co. in June 2015.
The four new Garden Fresh Gourmet soups include: Chicken Noodle with Kale, Chicken Tortilla with Roasted Chilies, Broccoli Cheddar with Parmesan, Tomato with Parmesan. They will be available in the refrigerated deli section of the grocery store.
“Americans eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year, and the fresh refrigerated soup category is growing rapidly as consumers seek products that taste great, but have high-quality ingredients (but fewer of them),” says Todd Putman, general manager of Campbell Fresh CPG.
The new Garden Fresh Gourmet soups are made from garden vegetables, herbs, and ingredients such as white meat chicken, beans and grains, kale, roasted chiles, and ancient grains.
Company officials say the new product line, to be sold for $5.99 at grocery stores nationwide, is also made in small batches with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.
Garden Fresh Gourmet, founded in 1998, was acquired by Campbell Soup Co. for $231 million from Jack and Annette Aronson, along with David Zilco. As part of the acquisition, Garden Fresh Gourmet joined the company’s Campbell Fresh division, which includes Bolthouse Farms.