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FOSTER FARMS TURKEY HELPLINE OFFERS LIFELINE FOR HOME CHEFS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Cooking Advice, Turkey Tips and Healthy and Delicious Recipes Available by Phone and Online

10/18/2005
LIVINGSTON, Calif.– How do you stuff and roast the perfect turkey, drum up delicious gravy, or “brine” your bird this Thanksgiving holiday? Foster Farms answers these questions and more this season with the return of its free Turkey Helpline 1-800-255-7227 and expanded informational Web Site www.fosterfarms.com. In addition to providing fool-proof turkey tips, this year’s helpline “Fosters Holiday Fun,” with expert holiday entertaining tips, delicious traditional recipes, and healthy low fat and low-carb dishes to please every guest. There are even recommendations on wine pairing.

In keeping with an annual company tradition, in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and all day on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, Foster Farms turkey specialists will be on call to provide thousands of home chefs with tasty recipes, fool-proof cooking instructions and important consumer safety guidelines.

From November 16 to November 28, 2005, the Foster Farms Turkey Helpline may be accessed 24-hours a day, seven days a week by calling 800 255-7227. The Turkey Helpline is staffed by live operators and provides consumers with tips to help make their turkey dinners a success. Prior to November 16 and after November 28, the Foster Farms Turkey Helpline is available Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST. The self-help online resource at www.fosterfarms.com remains active throughout the year.

“An annual event like Thanksgiving dinner requires a great deal of organization and planning,” said Teresa Lenz, Foster Farms’ consumer affairs manager. “Our goal with the Turkey Helpline and Web site is to help Thanksgiving chefs create the perfect centerpiece for their holiday table – a flawless, wholesome and delicious Foster Farms turkey.”

Last year, more than 4,500 consumers contacted the Foster Farms Turkey Helpline during the holidays, with over 1,300 inquiries on Thanksgiving Day alone. The popular service has grown every year, and Foster Farms encourages cooks to call the toll-free number with any question or concern - large or small.

The Foster Farms Turkey Helpline answers chefs’ questions and also provides holiday meal suggestions, thawing times, basting and roasting techniques, cooking instructions, servings-per-pound calculations, step-by-step carving instructions, nutritional information, food safety tips, and even recipes for turkey leftovers.

As part of this free service, Foster Farms also offers informational brochures and recipes for holiday cooks, available both on the Web and by phone including:

• “We Foster Holiday Fun” Learn from the pros how to cook, carve and dress-up the traditional holiday stand-bys. Includes delicious appetizer recipes – perfect for holiday entertaining throughout the season!

• “Ready, Set, Grill” Offers expert instructions on how to barbecue turkey.

Foster Farms is the leading poultry producer in the Western United States. Based in Livingston, Calif., the company has remained a family-owned business since its founding in 1939. Foster Farms branded fresh chicken is always locally grown on farms it owns or operates in each of its markets. Foster Farms specializes in producing high quality fresh chicken products that are all natural with no preservatives or sodium-based additives, in addition to a full line of other delicious poultry products. The company produces and delivers premium quality poultry products to retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers throughout the West.
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