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Like PB&J, some companies are sticking with Deen

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  • Not everyone is leaving Paula Deen's food empire
  • Some companies are supporting her through public backlash
Like PB&J, some companies are sticking with Deen

Is the Paula Deen backlash fair?

Is the Paula Deen backlash fair?

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Paula Deen lost business deals with high-profile companies like Target, Walmart and Home Depot after the former Food Network chef admitted in a court deposition that she used a racial slur. However, some businesses are sticking with her like peas and carrots.

Here's a quick look at some companies that are standing by her.

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Alice Travel/Royal Caribbean

A spokeswoman from Alice Travel says the company is organizing a second Paula Deen cruise next year aboard Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas.

"Due to so many requests from Paula's fans in the past, we are actually planning two cruises for 2014 and look forward to both. It's always an amazing time with Paula, her family and fans. If she goes - we go." 

Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean, says the company "has never had a partnership or any formal association with Paula Deen." Martinez goes on to say Deen "has sailed with our brands a couple of times, but as host of group cruises, and each time, the groups were booked through a specific travel agency, not through Royal Caribbean."

Springer Mountain Farms

The company voiced its support on its Facebook page. "We support Paula Deen. We have worked closely with her for the last two years and know her to be a compassionate, caring person. We have seen her with all types of people and have never seen any sign of prejudice. We truly believe her when she says she is sorry for any hurt feeling she has caused.

We are very pleased with the interview Paula Deen gave this morning offering her apologies and reaffirming her personal commitment to equality and fairness for all. As an organization we believe that she and her team are on the right track and we look forward to continuing to work together."

Landies Candies

“Paula, from all of us at Landies Candies, we admire your honesty, strength, and most of all who you are as person. Your interview this morning reaffirms who you really are and what you believe. We count it a privilege to be your friend and business partner, and look forward to sweet success in the future,” said Larry Szrama, president of Landies Candies.

Sandridge Food

“Paula is a very caring person who has spent the majority of her life helping the less privileged and giving back,” said Mark Sandridge, CEO of Sandridge Food Corp. “As an organization, we believe she and her team are on the right track and we look forward to continuing to work together.” 

Epicurean Butter

In a statement, the company said: "Her appearance on the Today show clearly proved her authentic belief that all people should be treated equal. Paula is due equal treatment as well, as a person that made a mistake, apologized for it and should be allowed to move on. Actions speak louder than words, let's focus on the good that Paula Deen does for the extended community of loyal followers."

Tasty Blend Foods

"We appreciate her commitment and how she stepped up and apologized to her viewers, fans and the nation," the company said in a statement.

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