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150 years

We proudly celebrated 2019 as Campbell’s 150th anniversary. This anniversary is much more than a number for us. It’s a testament to Campbell’s heritage and to the iconic brands that Campbell employees – past and present – have created and continue to nurture and grow. Not many companies have endured such a test of time, particularly given today’s rapidly changing trends. Campbell has demonstrated staying power, being guided by a clear purpose and a strong corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. Take a look at some key milestones along our journey.


Our original packaging – tin cans and glass jars – is inherently sustainable, meant to be reused over and over again. At this time, the company name is stamped into the glass so the jars can easily be sent back to Campbell to be sanitized and used again.


Dr. John T. Dorrance invents condensed soup. By condensing soup and letting consumers add the water at home, the cans are smaller and lighter, which in turn means using less steel and less fuel when shipping to customers.


Dr. John T. Dorrance becomes President of Campbell, and his approach to procurement becomes the company standard: don't buy anything you wouldn't put in front of your own family. This is where our Real Food Philosophy originates.


Throughout the 1910s and 1920s, John Dorrance and his wife, Ethel, host annual meetings for farmers at their home on Campbell's research farm in New Jersey. Campbell's in-house agricultural experts discuss new growing techniques and methods, educating our farmers on crop rotation, water savings, seed selection and how to maximize yields.


Campbell acquires V8 and with it, the Napoleon, Ohio, plant. With this plant, we can now procure vegetables from local farmers in Ohio and Michigan. Many vegetables going to the Napoleon plant continue to be sourced from those same regions today. Later, this plant becomes the first in the legacy Campbell family to have solar installed on site.


Campbell acquires Pepperidge Farm, founded by Margaret Rudkin in 1937. Margaret Rudkin becomes the first woman to sit on Campbell’s Board of Directors the same year.


Snyder's of Hanover consolidates its operations in Hanover, Pennsylvania, beside a wheat field owned by the brand's founder. The wheat from that field is used to make Snyder′s of Hanover pretzels, and continues to supply us today. Later, the site builds a LEED Gold certified Research Center and a 26-acre solar field.


Campbell declares its intention to be a purpose-driven company and launches our purpose, Real food that matters for life’s moments. The Real Food Philosophy, rooted in the values of Campbell’s founders is launched in 2016.