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Knorr® Soup du Jour helps your soups move to centre stage

by Jane Auster

UNI-15375-Foodbiz_image_425x322_Mexican_MinestroneCanadians are super soupers.

Soup, a traditional comfort food, is a significant part of the Canadian diet, according to research firm Technomic Inc. Nearly three-fifths of consumers prepare soup (55 per cent) at home at least once a week. In foodservice settings, soup is equally popular: half of diners ask for soup at least some of the times they order food. A variety of factors sway their decision to soup up, ranging from health to cravings to value.1

Soup continues to be a traditional favourite offering, but increasingly diners are demanding more variety and something different on their soup menu.1

Over half of all consumers say they have been dissatisfied with their soup experience, and nearly three out of five say they would like to try more new and unique soups, along with their tried and true favourites.1

Operators may be missing out on the potential of this very profitable portion of their menu. By creating and promoting signature soups, you can increase revenue and guest satisfaction. To win over guests, you need to create a stand out soup menu across dayparts and mealparts, featuring signature soups that leave lasting impressions.

Making your soup stand out comes down to these simple and effective strategies:

UNI-15375-Foodbiz_image_425x322_Bacon_Potato_ChowderAdd variety to add interest.

By featuring a variety of soups on your menu, you can appeal to guests who may not normally have ordered soup. And since soup is a low-cost menu item with the potential for a high profit margin, adding variety means added revenue.

Rotate your soup menu.

Offer at least one cream-based soup and one broth-based soup every day.

Create holiday-themed menus.

Highlight soups like Asian New Year Meatball and Spinach Soup or Thanksgiving Pumpkin Bisque.

Go global.

Take your patrons around the world with your soups. Offer varieties from all over the globe, such as Italian Style Wedding, Lentil & Roasted Garlic, Red Thai Style Curry Chicken with Rice and Chicken Tortilla.

Garnish for added profitability.

+ Adding your own flavour and flair demonstrates your culinary expertise while also increasing upsell opportunities.

+ Try using a unique or traditional garnish with your soup for additional appeal. Garnishes offer perceived value, help highlight key soup ingredients, and also add an exciting new flavour or texture dimension to soups.

+ Consider using leftover bacon from breakfast, vegetables from the previous day or extra appetizers to show off your skills. With the small addition of a simple garnish, you appeal to a wider range of diners and at the same time increase the sell price of your soup to achieve higher margins.

Romance your soups.

Menu descriptions, beautiful photography and staff recommendations can greatly enhance the appeal of any menu item. Romance your soup menu to encourage guests to order something they might not otherwise select. Words like “flavourful,” “seasonal,” “local” and “artisanal” all add diner appeal to soups.

The Unilever Food Solutions soup portfolio has a wide range of products with multiple formats that can help you make your soups stand out:

Mexicali Soup

Add celery, onions, peppers, salsa, corn and kidney beans to Knorr® Soup du Jour Chicken Noodle.

Country Tomato and Pepper

Add sliced sausage and Cheddar cheese to Knorr® Soup du Jour Creamy Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper.

Rotisserie Chicken Curry

Add rotisserie chicken and diced tomatoes to Knorr® Soup du Jour Red Thai Style Curry Chicken with Rice.

Garden Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

Add broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and sliced zucchini to Knorr® Soup du Jour Chicken Noodle.

Chicken Cilantro & Lime Soup

Combine Knorr Ultimate® Vegetable Base, chicken breast halves, corn, celery, tomato, lime juice and cilantro with Knorr® Chicken Base.

Pumpkin and Crab Bisque

Combine Knorr Ultimate® Crab Base, Knorr Ultimate® Vegetable Base, canned pumpkin, crabmeat and butter with LeGoût® Cream Soup Base.

Gingered Carrot Soup

Add ginger, cumin, cinnamon, cubed carrots and Knorr® Professional Liquid Concentrated Chicken Base to LeGoût® Cream Soup Base.

Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash

Mix butternut squash, chili powder, black beans and Swiss chard to Knorr® Professional Liquid Concentrated Vegetable Base.

1Technomic, Inc. The Left Side of the Menu: Soup & Salad Consumer Trend Report, 2012

For more information about how to menu soup and the Unilever Food Solutions bases and soups portfolio, contact your Unilever Food Solutions representative or click here: