Our distribution continues to grow across Canada and the US! You can search for a nearby store here, or you can buy in bulk directly from us online.
Canned foods don’t need any added preservatives because the pressure cook itself eliminates any potential spoiling agents. By using verified cooking processes, we are able to make products, such as soups, with the same ingredients you might use when cooking in your own kitchen.
Our products are cooked inside the can inside oversized pressure cookers.
Our tin-plated steel cans and lids have a BPA-free interior lining, which is approved by the CFIA and FDA for direct food contact. The lining is necessary to keep the metal can and food separated. Without a lining, the food could react with the can, which could compromise, flavour, quality, or even the integrity of the can itself.
In addition to being BPA-free, the lining used is also free from:
We make every effort to source locally, whenever feasible. We are a big supporter of the Canadian organic farming movement and community.
For items that aren’t available locally - for example most spices aren’t grown in Canada - we source internationally from GFSI certified suppliers.
Our low liquid beans are 100% organic, and are grown, sprouted and canned in Canada. These beans are cooked in steam, using much less water and locking in much more nutrients (good for you).
Sprague Foods is regulated by a number of government agencies and third-party organizations, including the CFIA, FDA, BRC, Organic, and Kosher.
We all need to do more to ensure that our food supply chains are sustainable, from farm to table. Today, we continue to use cans and glass because they are the most environmentally responsible option. They have much higher recycling rates and don’t use plastic. Unfortunately, pouches, cups, and cartons are made with plastic, which often ends up in a landfill or in our waterways. Food cans, however, are infinitely recyclable.
No. Although the majority of our products are vegan, we do use dairy in some products, either for flavour or to cater to certain diets, such as keto.
As for meat, we are not a registered meat facility, meaning none of our products can exceed 2% meat content.
A common theme across our soups is the fresh taste and our unique and creative spice blends, all of which are developed in-house.
We strive to make the best canned soup on the market, so quality is a primary focus for us. Like any food, a number of factors affect quality, such as the ingredients, preparation methods, and cooking process. We have refined our techniques over generations to make delicious, fresh tasting soups.
When we launched in 1925, we canned vegetables under our “Mountain View” brand. In the 1940’s we changed to the “Sprague brand”, which is our family name. In the 1960s, we shifted focus to “co-packing” for other brands, which we continued for 50 years. In 2016, we started distributing nationally and we’ve been growing the Sprague brand ever since.
The 20th Century saw both the rise and fall of the Canadian canning industry. In our area alone, there were once 75 canneries in operation. Of those, we are the only one that continues to operate.
While a handful of canning facilities remain in Canada, the large canned food manufacturers have consolidated practically all of their canning operations in the United States and Mexico.