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Chrissy Teigen cooks with Goya peas despite ‘boycotting’ brand

Chrissy Teigen is still using Goya products despite proclaiming she would be boycotting the brand after the company’s CEO praised President Donald Trump, can disclose.

Robert Unanue, Goya CEO and a grandson of the founders, spoke at a Rose Garden event last month announcing a ‘Hispanic Prosperity Initiative’, saying: ‘We are all truly blessed, at the same time, to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder.’ 

Almost immediately, #BoycottGoya, #GoyaFoods and #Goyaway began trending on social media, with scorn seemingly coming from all directions, including some big political names.  

Teigen, 34, also chimed in, telling her 13.1 million Twitter followers she wouldn’t be buying the brand anymore, tweeting on July 10: ‘F*********K. A shame. Don’t care how good the beans taste though. Bye bye.’

But less than a month later, it seemed Teigen couldn’t give up the tasty beans, as she panned to the ingredients on her counter while making oxtail stew on Thursday and right in the center was a big Goya can of green pigeon peas.

Teigen didn’t make note of why she was still using Goya products and didn’t try to hide the can.  

The popular cookbook author also wrote on Instagram last month while announcing her boycott: ‘There are other beans. Shop responsibly.’

Some people on Twitter took notice of Teigen’s choice of beans, with one writing: ‘lol. Chrissy Teigen is cooking with Goya beans on ig stories after starting the boycott for attention…. you can’t make this level of detached performative activism up.’

Another wrote: ‘Please tell me you didn’t buy those Goya beans today.’

One also tagged Chrissy and wrote: ‘They Goya beans still taste good…’  

Teigen wasn’t the only high-profile name to say she’d be boycotting Goya.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said she would learn to make from scratch some of the Latin cuisine beans that Goya makes, while former presidential candidate Julian Castro blasted CEO Unanue for ‘praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain’. 

Trump had hit back to the critics and calls for a boycott, posting an ‘I love Goya’ message on social media. 

Goya was founded in Manhattan in 1936 by Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, immigrants from Spain. 

The company calls itself the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States and remains in family control, with an estimated value of $3 billion and is now based in New Jersey.  

Unanue, a registered Republican, has never publicly been a Trump supporter. 

He donated $6,000 to the Republican Party last year in the form of support for the Republican National Committee and its Winred generic fundraising arm.

Previously he has been a small-scale donor to Chris Christie and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, but also to New Jersey Democratic senator Robert Menendez. 

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