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How we make
OUR FOOD

From the fields where many of our ingredients are grown, to your table, we take care every step of the way to make food that’s top quality, delicious and safe.

We start with our chefs who create recipes for food that helps make life a little easier.

We Start with Chefs’ Recipes

We have a team of talented chefs, many of whom have trained at top culinary schools. They are inspired by the latest trends and seasonal flavours to create food for real life.

Once a chef’s recipe has been perfected in our test kitchens, we make sure it can be recreated on a much larger scale. That’s where our skilled food scientists come in. Using their deep knowledge of food, they create unique tastes and textures through carefully selected ingredients and different cooking techniques. We believe food should be simple, but we can’t ignore the fact that making affordable, great-tasting, quality food for millions of people is truly a mix of culinary art and science.

We don’t stop once our products are in store. We develop recipes that use our products as ingredients. You can find more than 350 recipes at cookwithcampbells.ca.

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QUALITY INGREDIENTS

We know that quality ingredients and packaging make quality food. We source around 900 different ingredients, and a variety of materials for packaging to make more than 117 different products in various metal containers, aseptic cartons and plastic pouches. More than 70% of our vegetable ingredients (by weight) are sourced from local farms within a 3.5 hour radius of our Toronto plant, where we make soup for all of Canada and for export to the U.S., Hong Kong, Australia, and the Philippines. That includes 5.2 million pounds of mushrooms, 14.7 million pounds of potatoes and 6.7 million pounds of carrots from farms in Shelburne, Chatham and Queensville as well as Holland Marsh, a community of some 125 growers, just north of Toronto, where we make our soup.

Sometimes the source of our ingredients varies during the year depending on the season, availability and variability.

POUNDS OF INGREDIENTS WE USE EACH YEAR:
5.2 million lbs. of mushrooms
14.7 million lbs. of potatoes
6.7 million lbs. of carrots

HOW IT’S MADE

There are four key steps to making many of our soups.

Here is how we make our soups at our plant in Toronto, Ontario.

One fact that surprises people is that we don’t add any preservatives to most of our soups. That’s because we cook them once the packaging is sealed at a temperature which makes sure the product remains safe on shelf.

1

Prepping

We prepare the ingredients for cooking, such as washing, peeling and dicing the carrots that come in fresh to our facility, almost daily.

Mixing

We carefully mix selected ingredients, like chicken stock and blend in the garnish like carrots, diced tomatoes, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, tomato paste, seasoned beef, spinach, peas, barley and mushrooms, before adding it to the can.
3

Cooking

Ingredients are added to the can in a particular order to create the best flavour. We seal the can and cook it at a temperature to make sure the product will remain safe under normal conditions.

Packaging

Once the product has been cooked in the can, we label it and box it up before sending it to the grocery store.

MAKING SAFE FOOD

We’re serious about food safety and have been for more than 85 years in Canada.

Safe ingredients

We only work with trusted suppliers. All our suppliers must pass a rigorous selection process. Once on board, we check their facilities to make sure their ingredients and processes meet our quality and safety standards.

Safe cooking

We conduct multiple safety checks as we make our food. For example, we weigh cans to make sure each contains the correct quantity. We use metal detectors and magnets to check the product and we perform quality checks before sending products to stores.

Safe packaging

We choose packaging – pouches, cartons, bowls, glass jars and cans – that is strong and convenient. While some people might think cans are a bit old fashioned, they remain one of the toughest and most environmentally friendly forms of packaging as they are recyclable.

What Goes
Into Our Food

Find out more about some of our products and the ingredients we use.

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