Food

Subway expands beyond sandwiches with 3 new soups

The chain’s Souped Up Weekends promotion in October gives customers a buck off the menu additions.
Three new soups from Subway
Subway continues to innovate the menu, launching three new soups this fall. /Photo courtesy of Subway.

Subway is proclaiming the arrival of soup season, even if the weather remains on the warm side.

On Wednesday, the mega-sandwich chain announced the debut of three new and refreshed soups: Broccoli Cheddar, Homestyle Chicken Noodle and Loaded Baked Potato. The menu additions build on Subway’s Eat Fresh Refresh campaign and summer’s launch of the Subway Series— 12 new and upgraded sandwiches.

To celebrate the start of soup season, Subway is introducing Souped Up Weekends, offering guests a dollar off any of the soups on weekends in October, starting Oct. 7.

The three soups reinforce the chain’s increasing focus on menu innovation and better-quality ingredients.

“We’ve stepped up our soup at Subway, with three refreshed recipes that will have our guests dreaming of sweater weather after their first sip,” said Paul Fabre, senior vice president of culinary and innovation at Subway, in a statement. “The Subway culinary team spent more than a year in our test kitchen tweaking our recipes to pack even more flavor into our fan-favorite side, and we can’t wait for America to taste the difference.”

Broccoli Cheddar Soup boasts improved appearance and texture, made richer with creamy cheddar cheese and visible broccoli florets.

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup has a deeper chicken broth flavor and greater quantities of shredded white-meat chicken and diced vegetables, including onions, carrots and celery.

The Loaded Baked Potato Soup truly is more loaded, filled with larger amounts of bacon, cream cheese and red potatoes.

Like the Subway Series of sandwiches, the soups play down customization and plays up chef-created recipes.

Subway has been working to overhaul its menu for several years, with the first signs appearing in July, 2021 when Eat Fresh Refresh launched, introducing 11 new and premium ingredients to the pantry. Subsequently, stores reported the highest unit volume since 2014, but profitability and sales have not yet caught up to pre-pandemic levels.

Subway is betting that a continuing emphasis on menu innovation will get the chain there.

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