Souper Natural is the brainchild of Heidi Liebowitz (pictured). A trained chef with over 25 years’ experience in the food industry, Heidi opened Souper Natural in 2004 so she could be her own boss. At first Heidi started off small, selling three of her signature soup creations at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market. Through hard work and hustle, Heidi expanded Souper Natural into a wholesale business, opening a commercial production space in Tigard in 2008. Souper Natural now sells a signature line of over 45 soups and five pasta sauces, crafted using local ingredients to support farmers and growers. Heidi’s products are sold at farmer’s markets and local stores like New Seasons and Market of Choice.
As a food distributor, Heidi’s business has come to a standstill during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heidi and her wife, Gina, have stepped up the company’s social media marketing efforts to let customers know they are still open for no contact pickup at their distribution facility. In addition to a “buy five soups or sauces get one free special,” Souper Natural has expanded their offerings to heat-and-serve meals such as lasagna and turkey meatballs with their marinara sauce.
With severely reduced income, Souper Natural was awarded a small grant through Tigard CARES to help cover rent, utilities and raw product ingredients. “People have been very supportive and encouraging and because of them and the grant, we are keeping our head above water,” says Heidi. “The Grant came at a really good time and we are so grateful for the money. The City of Tigard has always been very supportive of Souper Natural and we appreciate that as well. We love the community feeling!”
To learn more about Souper Natural, visit www.soupernatural.net.