Campbell's launches frozen soup in Canada

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TORONTO, Ontario -- Campbell Soup Co. is launching a line of frozen soups in Canada as the U.S.-based marketer eyes possible international expansion in the new grocery category.

Three television spots from Young & Rubicam in Toronto break November 1 for Campbell's new Fresh Frozen Soup, which rolls out with four varieties - Creamy Broccoli and Cheese, Country Chicken Noodle, Tuscan Style Minestrone, and Beef and Garden Vegetable. Support will be in the form of point-of-sale displays and couponing.

Campbell's enjoys nearly 75% of Canada's prepared soup market, but "this initiative grows the category," says spokesman Kevin Lowery from the marketer's headquarters in Camden, N.J.

Campbell's launched frozen soup in the U.S. about a year ago under the name Campbell's Restaurant Soups, Lowery says. They're now available in about 60% of the country.

Expansion outside North America could be next. "Let's see how it goes in Canada and the States and if it makes sense, let's go there," he says.

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