Campbell Soup's big change for Camden campus could mean hundreds of new jobs

A rendering shows new construction expected at Campbell Soup Co.'s Camden campus with consolidation of the firm's Snacks division offices.

CAMDEN – Campbell Soup Co. has announced a $50 million plan to consolidate its Snacks division here over the next three years.

The change, expected to bring about 330 jobs and substantial construction to Campbell’s Camden campus, will combine offices currently in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The move is expected to produce $10 million in annual cost savings by fiscal year 2026, Campbell said in a statement.

"The decision to close these offices was difficult but it is the right thing to do for our business and culture,” Campbell President and CEO Mark Clouse said in a statement Wednesday.

“Unifying the company in one headquarters increases connectivity, collaboration and provides enhanced career opportunities for our team,” he said.

As part of the consolidation, Campbell will construct a campus center, a pilot plant and a research and development center. The firm said it also will upgrade existing space at its Camden site.

Construction is expected to start in March.

With the consolidation, the campus will hold more than 1,600 employees in distinct areas for the Snacks division and Campbell’s other operating unit, Meals & Beverages.

In its last fiscal year, Campbell reported sales of $3.95 billion for Snacks and $4.60 billion for Meals & Beverages.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen welcomed the announcement.

“This plan will create jobs, stimulate economic development, and strengthen Campbell’s roots in Camden,” according to Murphy.

Carstarphen said the project “goes well beyond brick-and-mortar improvements, it’s a firm commitment to Camden.”

He said a $132 million expansion of Campbell’s headquarters in 2010 “was a catalyst for enhancements to the surrounding roadways, resulted in new infrastructure, and ultimately the development of a commercial office park.”

Campbell said "no commercial roles" were being eliminated due to the closing of its Charlotte and Norwalk office buildings.

It said “eligible employees” will receive relocation support. Workers who choose not to move will receive job placement support and severance benefits.

Campbell, based in Camden since 1869, opened its corporate headquarters here in 1957. The campus originally was about a mile from a downtown manufacturing plant that closed in 1990.

Campbell has been considering the consolidation since it acquired Charlotte-based Snyder’s-Lance Inc. in 2018, the company said. The firm's snacks business previously was concentrated in Connecticut, the home of Campbell's Pepperidge Farm brand.

The project will not affect Campbell’s other operations in Connecticut and North Carolina, the company said.

Campbell will continue to operate a Pepperidge Farm bakery that employs nearly 400 people in Bloomfield, Connecticut, as well as manufacturing and distribution facilities that employ about 2,500 people in North Carolina.

Jim Walsh is a senior reporter with the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal.

This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: Campbell Soup to add 330 jobs, new construction at Camden complex