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Ill. company recalls 72,000 lbs of chicken salad

From KTLA TV | The discovery of hard plastic inside packages has prompted a nationwide recall of 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad sold nationwide under several labels.

The Suter Company, based in Sycamore, Ill., is recalling 8.2-ounce packages of the “Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit” and 3.5-ounce packages of “Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers,” according to a statement released Sunday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Chick-fil-A fans flock to Wheaton opening

Tent city outside the new Wheaton Chick-fil-A. (WGN-TV)

The third and latest edition of the chicken restaurant opened at 6 a.m. in Wheaton with more than a hundred customers outside, many having spent the night and before that in sleeping bags and tents.

Some said they had been there since 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, taking advantage of the near record early November temperatures, in an effort to be one of the first hundred customers and receive a free weekly meal for a year.

Some who camped out since yesterday repeated their slumber parties when the chain opened two Chicagoland restaurants, most recently in Orland Park in October.

“This is Disneyland compared to Orland Park,” said Don Braaten, who stood in line with his older brother, Gary. Braaten was referring to the chain’s most recent opening, Oct 28.

“This is my third opening. I went to Aurora, Orland Park, and now here,” he said.

One man boasted of having hundreds of free certificates following the chain’s openings around the country.

Heidi Rewerts said she has probably eaten about 500 chicken sandwiches since the chain first opened in Atlanta 20 years ago.

“We’ve been waiting for 20 years for them to move here, and now we’re near two of them. I think it’s great,” she said. “I’ve been here since 4:30 yesterday morning.”

The chain says it has plans to open more restaurants in Chicago next year.

– Pat Curry

U.S. chicken industry seeks answers on Russia ban

(David Pierini/Chicago Tribune)

The U.S. chicken industry, which in September resumed shipping meat to Russia, has contacted the U.S. embassy in Moscow in an attempt to learn if Russia intends to stop such imports beginning Jan. 1.

The head of Russia’s consumer protection watchdog on Wednesday told Reuters in Moscow the country will ban sales and processing of deep-frozen poultry meat from Jan. 1, both domestic and imported, because freezing hurts the quality of the meat. Get the full story »

Spurned partner plucks Brown’s Chicken from Ch. 11

From the Chicago Sun-Times | Pop-Grip LLC, an investment company backed by the children of a spurned vice president of Brown’s Chicken, submitted the highest bid of $585,000 at an auction Monday to take over the chicken franchise. The company said it intends to invest in the 28 Brown’s Chicken stores and “bring it back tasting better than ever.” Get the full story>>

First Chicago-area Chick-fil-A opens

The parking lot at the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Aurora briefly turned into a campground, with the chain offering the first one hundred people in line a one-year supply of 52 meals coupons on Thursday. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)

Employees in crisp red shirts performed a variety of final tasks as the legendary chicken chain prepared to debut its first Chicago-area outlet at 6 a.m. Thursday at the Westfield Fox Valley Mall property on Aurora’s far east side.

An unofficial pre-opening on Wednesday drew dozens of Chick-fil-A fans from the Chicago area and beyond, lured by the prospect of free once-a-week meals for a year. The firm traditionally gives away coupons to the first 100 customers. Get the full story>>

Tyson puts up some beefy profit numbers

Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, but shares fell 4 percent on doubts the results can be sustained and that chicken prices may fall.

Tyson’s beef unit had a 5.6 percent profit margin versus 2.4 percent a year ago, while pork margins rose to 10 percent from 3 percent, helped by price increases because of a constricted meat supply. Get the full story »