RE: Heinz Soups,anyone?
I was out on Long Island shopping today, and ID'd four soups from Bay Valley. For that full Pittsburgh experience, try condensed Target Market Pantry, Walmart, C&S' BestYet brands. Stop and Shop's Chunky and Select (but not condensed) also are from Bay Valley.
I have some Wolfgang Puck soup at home and trace it back to Faribault Foods. They are not terribly good and I remember them better when they first came out. Maybe Heinz still made them before they sold that line of business to DelMonte.
I don't think Country Gourmet Foods is a front for Heinz, I think they are just marketing the line of Wolfgang Puck soups. They could change manufacturers at will.
It just came to me that Heinz used to sell a Turkey Noodle condensed soup that was very good. When Heinz-branded condensed soups disappeared, I was not yet saavy about private labels and didn't go looking for it under a supermarket label. Those were the days before nuitrition labels on foods, and you were always reading diatribes by nuitritionists about the huge levels of sodium in cheap canned soups.
The current heirs to the USA Heinz soup legacy, Bay Valley appear willing to produce anything for money. If Mayor Mike (Bloomberg), because of term limits, has to go into the soup business and wants to sell the best soups on the market, no doubt Bay Valley will satisfy his wishes.