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A tribute to Ranch Style Beans

ConAgra is closing the Ranch Style Beans factory in Fort Worth and I'm heartbroken.

Ranch Style Beans are probably one of my all-time favorite foods on the planet and knowing they were made in my hometown only made them tastier. Whenever we drove from my little hometown into "town" we always passed by the factory and the big sign.

I can still buy them at the store, but they just won't be home-grown anymore and that is sad. Something as a side note, when I was a little kid, they didn't say "appetite pleasin" on the can, it said "Husband pleasin." I thought it was funny and way too PC the first time I noticed the change years ago.

I may have to write a poem or something to show my love for this tasty treat.


  • At 10:02 PM, September 18, 2006, Blogger Uzz said…

    Now that is a bummer! I drive by there everyday and the Ranch Style Beans sign never fails to make me smile! I am with you...they may be one of my all-time foods. I love them and now I have passed that love onto Pickle, as he LOVES them now!!!

  • At 10:40 AM, September 19, 2006, Blogger Connie T. said…

    Yum I like them too. But I don't eat much beans, I mostly eat Bush beans, but I do like the Ranch style beans, maybe I will get a can now that you reminded me of them. Have a great day.

  • At 9:15 AM, September 20, 2006, Blogger Gadfly said…

    Oh my god

    That can is a major part of my childhood

    I guess they're going to move production offshore *sigh*

    That's just not right. Not for Ranch Style Beans!

  • At 7:07 PM, January 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I grew up in the neighborhood where the RSB factory is. It was always a normal part of my childhood to smell the factory cooking. Especially on winter days, for some reason the fragrance was stronger and you could really smell the onions or jalapenos! I can't believe they're closing. How sad.

  • At 12:55 PM, February 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh dear, I used to have to ask my daughter in Texas to send me cans! Then for two years the grocery store carried them. Yeah! They are the only way to make Texas chili. Up north here people use all kinds of other beans, not pinto beans. Just this past week they stopped carrying them. I will be forced to have her ship them or purchase them online at $2.00 a can. Yes, they used to be "husband pleasin'," back in the early 70's when I moved to Texas. We can't make chili without them. There are other products, but they are not satisfactory. I hope the beans are still available after the factory closes. This might be why they are no longer on the grocery store shelf. Kathy in Michigan

  • At 10:16 AM, February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They are actually relocating to a new plant near Alliance. I confirmed this with a guard at the original plant last week during a sales call.

  • At 10:54 PM, February 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    True. They are just moving north to the Alliance area (north Fort Worth/Haslet/Roanoke). They are not outsourcing or going overseas.

  • At 7:33 PM, October 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I wish they still made "Iron Kettle" chili it was the best canned chili. Love them Ranch beans, just up the road.

  • At 6:40 PM, November 24, 2009, Blogger Unknown said…

    I just learned of the news to close the Ranch Style plant. I am so disappointed to hear about this I pass this plant almost everyday and my first prize chili wouldnt be first prize without the Ranch Style Beans!
    Sorry to hear they are moving to OH.
    Foodie in Fort Worth

  • At 8:13 AM, January 07, 2010, Blogger Wordist said…

    In the mid-1950s, I lived in orphanage on East Lancaster Avenue. On the way to school, I'd normally take a shortcut across some railroad tracks to Polytechnic High school. Sometimes I'd dally and line up rocks on the tracks to watch a train smash. Near the tracks was a water tower, painted to resemble a can of Ranch Style Beans. It was there the entire nine years I lived at the Home. We always took cans of RSB on camping trips, too; so I have many powerful memories associated with that label.


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