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We know that the small choices we make every day—from how our ingredients are farmed to the packaging we use—add up to make a big difference over time. Learn more about where we stand on important issues like ingredients, non-BPA packaging, and GMOs.  

Ingredients

Antibiotic free chicken

In 2017, we committed to sourcing 100% “No Antibiotics Ever (NAE)” chicken for our diced and canned chicken products in the U.S. and Canada. We have since achieved this goal. This means we don’t allow antibiotics to be added to the feed, water, or any commercial vaccines used by our chicken suppliers. We use tens of millions of pounds of chicken a year, and we’re working with our suppliers to develop a stable, sustainable supply chain that can continue delivering on this commitment. 

Cage-free eggs

We’re committed to the humane treatment of animals and animal welfare is a key part of our vision for a sustainable supply chain. We require our suppliers to implement procedures to prevent the mistreatment of animals, including how they are raised, cared for, transported, and processed. We’ve started using cage-free eggs in our products and are working with our suppliers to achieve the goal of sourcing 100% cage-free eggs by 2025. 

Do you have any gluten-free products?

We have hundreds of different products across our portfolio that are gluten-free. These include Campbell’s Tomato Juice and most of our Pace salsas, Prego Italian sauces, Swanson broths and stocks, and V8 juices. Pacific Foods and Late July also offer a variety of gluten free products, while Snyder’s of Hanover and Pretzel Crisps offer a variety of gluten-free pretzels. You can find gluten-free products on our brand sites, including Campbell’sSwansonPacePregoPepperidge Farm Farmhouse cookies, Snyder’s of Hanover, and Pretzel Crisps.

What process does Campbell use to ensure products are gluten-free?

We have a strict two-step process for validating a product as gluten-free and ensuring that it meets FDA’s criteria for the claim. First, we verify all the ingredients are gluten-free, then we analyze the finished product to make sure it meets all relevant requirements. Additionally, we test finished products at least once every six months to ensure continued compliance with our gluten-free policy.

Why are only some of Campbell products gluten-free?

Some of our recipes require food starches, and others do not. However, many of our products are made without gluten-containing ingredients but are manufactured on shared equipment that have not been tested for the presence of gluten. These products may be suitable for people looking to reduce gluten but not for those who may have celiac disease. These products can be identified by the lack of gluten-containing ingredients on the label, even though the labels does not make a gluten-free claim.

What is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)?

High Fructose Corn Syrup or HFCS is a liquid sweetener. High fructose corn syrup contains the same number of calories as table sugar and has been widely used in the food industry for more than fifty years.

Why do you use HFCS in your products?

Although we have significantly reduced our use of the ingredient in recent years, we do use high fructose corn syrup when it is right for the recipe, mostly to help deliver a smoother texture than other sugars can provide, or to keep the cost of a product affordable.

Are you going to stop using High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Many people have told us they would prefer to avoid high fructose corn syrup, which is why we will continue to move away from using it in new products we launch and explore opportunities to remove it from certain existing products. More than 80% of the products we offer for retail sale in the United States do not contain high fructose corn syrup including Campbell’s Sauces, Campbell’s Homestyle soup, Swanson broth, Prego Italian sauces and Slow Kettle Style soups.

What is MSG?

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of a common amino acid. MSG occurs naturally in many foods, such as tomatoes and cheeses. It has been used safely as a seasoning in cooking for more than 100 years. It adds a savory or umami flavor and when used in conjunction with salt it creates a clean savory taste.

Why use MSG in products?

MSG is lower in sodium compared with table salt (sodium chloride). It contains only 13% sodium compared to 39% sodium in table salt. This means a small amount of MSG can be used instead of salt to create an appealing savory flavor. This is particularly useful when making great tasting foods which have reduced sodium and fat.

Do you make any soups, sauces or broths that don’t contain added MSG?

For people looking to avoid MSG, we make nearly 600 different product varieties that don’t contain added MSG. These include soups, broths, salsas, cooking sauces, canned pastas and others in our Meals & Beverages portfolio and crackers, chips, pretzels, popcorn, nuts, and other savory snacks in our Snacks portfolio.

Palm oil

To reduce the risk of deforestation in our palm oil supply chain, we purchase 100% Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil across our portfolio of brands. Both Campbell and our palm oil suppliers are RSPO members, a group composed of palm growers, palm oil users, retail food chains and NGOs. The RSPO was created to promote the development and use of sustainable palm oil through supply chain cooperation and an open dialogue with stakeholders. The certification for palm oil will be provided through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Learn about our palm oil sourcing guidelines

Synthetic flavors and colors

We know that some people would prefer to avoid synthetic flavors and colors in their foods and drinks. We made a commitment in 2015 to remove synthetic flavors and colors from nearly all of our North American products by the end of 2018. We made significant progress against that goal, with more than 95% of our portfolio free of synthetic flavors and colors in 2018. We have since made a series of acquisitions that have broadened our portfolio significantly, including the 2018 acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance brands which are now part of our Snacks division, along with Pepperidge Farm. The Snacks division accounts for nearly half of our annual net sales. The addition of over 1,000 products to our portfolio has required us to pause and reassess our plans. In the interim, we will continue to evaluate the use of these ingredients in every new product we launch. 

What are you doing to reduce the sodium content in your products?

One way we reduced sodium across our portfolio is by using alternative ingredients such as potassium salt. Potassium salt can replace a portion of the sodium, provide a savory flavor to foods and help consumers incorporate more of this essential mineral into their diet. Eating foods with potassium can help maintain a healthy blood pressure, which contributes to heart health. Potassium can help blunt the effects of sodium on blood pressure. Current Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 4,700 mg of potassium and no more than 2,300 mg of sodium daily. If you want to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, we offer more than 500 products across our Snacks and Meals & Beverages divisions that meet FDA’s strict criteria for being called “healthy,” which includes a limit on sodium per serving. In our Meals & Beverages division, we offer lower sodium varieties of Campbell’s soup, Swanson stock and broth, and V8 beverages to help consumers meet their unique dietary needs. Our Snacks division also offers consumers lower sodium options with products like Cape Cod Lightly Salted chips, Kettle Brand Unsalted Chips, Snyder’s of Hanover Unsalted Mini Pretzels, Emerald Natural Almonds and Walnuts, and more. To learn more about how we view sodium in our products, review our Position on Sodium.

Non-BPA packaging

Does the packaging of your food contain BPA?

Campbell has transitioned to non-BPA lining in all of our aluminum and steel cans in the United States and Canada. PET bottles, pouches and cartons such as those used for V8 beverages, Swanson broths and Campbell’s sauces are (and have always been) non-BPA packaging. Although the FDA has determined that BPA is safe to use in food packaging, we understand that some people would prefer to avoid it and we continue to work on packaging alternatives. The containers of a few other products have metal components that have limited food contact points but are key to ensuring that the lids remain tight. BPA is used as a coating on that metal but in small amounts.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) 

What are GMOs?

GMO is short for “genetically modified organisms.” It is sometimes called genetic engineering or bioengineering and refers to a process where desirable traits or characteristics are introduced into an organism. In America, many farmers who grow canola, corn, soybean, and sugar beet choose to use genetically modified seeds—and have done so for nearly 20 years—because it reduces costs and improves yields. More than 90% of these 4 crops in America are currently grown using genetically modified seeds. These crops are used to make a wide range of different ingredients that are used in foods we eat every day, from vegetable oils to sugar. 

Why does Campbell use GMOs?

We’re comfortable using these genetically modified crops because scientists and the FDA—who have been studying genetic engineering for many years—agree that food ingredients made with these methods are safe and aren’t different from other ingredients. Learn more about genetically modified crops. We know many of you want to know which ingredients we use are derived from these crops. Here’s a comprehensive list of ingredients that we use that may be derived from crops grown from genetically engineered seeds. These ingredients aren’t used in all products. 
  • Corn 
  • Corn (except sweet corn kernels) 
  • Corn chips 
  • Corn oil 
  • Corn flour 
  • Corn gluten 
  • Corn starch 
  • Corn syrup 
  • Dextrose 
  • High fructose corn syrup 
  • Maltodextrin 
  • Modified corn starch 
  • Modified waxy maize 
 
  • Sugar beets 
  • Citric acid 
  • Sugar/Sucrose 
  • Sugar syrup 
  • Invert sugar 
  • Molasses 
  • Brown sugar 
 
  • Soybeans 
  • Hydrolyzed soy protein 
  • Soybean flour 
  • Soy lecithin 
  • Soybean oil 
  • Soy protein concentrate 
  • Soy protein isolate 
  • Soybean hulls (fiber) 
  • Vegetable oil 
 
  • Canola / Cottonseed 
  • Canola oil 
  • Cottonseed oil 
  • Flax seed 
  • Margarine 
  • Partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil 
  • Vegetable oil

What is Campbell’s position on labeling for foods that contain GMOs?

We’re committed to printing clear and simple language on the labels of our U.S. products which use ingredients derived from genetically modified crops. We talked to thousands of consumers and learned about what they want to know about GMOs in their food, including for specific GMO ingredients to be identified on labels using simple and familiar languageOur current label statement reads: The ingredients from corn / soy / canola / sugar in this product come from genetically modified crops. This meets consumers’ needs–it’s clear, simple, and familiar and it points out what are the specific GMO ingredients.

Do you make non-GMO products?

We make a large selection of products that don’t contain ingredients derived from GMO crops, including products verified by the Non-GMO Project and certified organic products which cannot be produced with GMO ingredients. Brands that have products that have been verified by the Non-GMO Project include Snyder’s of Hanover, Late July Snacks, Emerald, Kettle Brand chips, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps and Cape Cod chips. Brands that have certified organic products include Swanson, Pace, Late July Snacks, Pacific Foods, and Goldfish

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