STIRRING THE POT

Winter is soup season, with Americans consuming about 57 million bowls of soup in January alone, according to Campbell Soup Co.Scan data from Information Resources Inc., Chicago, show that wet soup sales in all channels last year were close to $3 billion. While major manufacturers, like Campbell, Camden, N.J., and Pillsbury Progresso Soups, Minneapolis, have followed the lead of smaller natural-food

Winter is soup season, with Americans consuming about 57 million bowls of soup in January alone, according to Campbell Soup Co.

Scan data from Information Resources Inc., Chicago, show that wet soup sales in all channels last year were close to $3 billion. While major manufacturers, like Campbell, Camden, N.J., and Pillsbury Progresso Soups, Minneapolis, have followed the lead of smaller natural-food companies in creating healthy alternatives to full-fat soups, the lion's share of the

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