We started making our soups from scratch a year ago and it has saved us a ton of money plus we are most definitely serving a better product than what Campells or other premade soups might be.
One of our cooks is the son in law of one of our very frequent regulars and last Friday I made Italian Wedding soup. His father in law had the soup, and told the owner it was simply delicious and that comment made its way to me. Today the cook was in and he was telling me that his father in law was going on about the soup on the weekend and how it was much better than East Side Mario's and the cook looked at him and said "of course it is, we make all of our soups from scratch so of course you will taste the difference". His father in law couldn't believe that it was homemade and well this is a guy who buys canned soup all the time so I doubt he could taste that the stuff at East Side's isn't made from scratch.
Comments like that make me wonder just how many restaurants do use premade soups and just heat them up.