What: Good & Balanced Spicy Lentil, Chicken & Tomato Soup
Where: Ambient soups
When: Launched March 2015
How much: 58p/400g
Why: This soup was launched a few months after Asda unveiled its initial tranche of Good & Balanced products. Developed to offer “a better balance of nutrients”, the line-up comprises a wide selection of products including seeds, nuts, frozen veg, drinks, salads and ready meals. Asda has also rolled out sister range Good & Counted for consumers keeping an eye on calories.
Consumer verdict: A great example of a low-fat ambient soup, this Asda product was a hit with testers - particularly in the Midlands and North. There was a 39% increase in purchase intention after trial as the soup surpassed the expectations of many respondents. Positive comments included “thick” and “loaded with beans”, which helped make this very satisfying. The flavour was as spicy as the name suggested. Health was another driver of purchase interest, particularly among over-55s. The soup was also rated “excellent or good” value by 87% of testers, which encouraged regular usage.
Pre-trial purchase: 31%
Post-trial purchase: 70%
Better than what’s out there: 61%
New and different: 70%
Overall score: 42/50
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