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NHDSC Survey Shows Italian Sausage is Most Popular

Monday, October 27, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) released new survey data showing that Italian sausage is the most popular style of sausage in the U.S. Overall 84 percent of Americans enjoy sausage. Breakfast sausage ranked number two followed by Kielbasa and Bratwurst. Italian sausage was by far the most popular in the Northeastern United States, where 44 percent of those who eat sausage chose it as their favorite. Breakfast sausage was the favorite in the South, where 31 percent of sausage eaters called it their favorite. Southerners also were more likely to enjoy Andouille than those in the Northeast and the Midwest. Bratwurst consumption spikes in the Midwest while Chorizo is more popular out West than anywhere else in the country.

In addition to the survey data, the NHDSC crowned the winners of its Sausage Month recipe contest. The Italian Sausage Variety Ring submitted by Tom Kellman of Lakeland, FL was chosen as the grand prize winning recipe. Kellman wins a $250 gift card for his favorite sausage.

First runner up was Hot Hot Smoked Sausage and Beans from Hidemi Walsh of Plainfield, IN. She wins a $100 gift card for sausage. Second runner up was Spanish Style Sausage and Seafood Skillet submitted by Nicole Filizetti of Stevens Point, WI who wins a $50 gift card for sausage. All three winners also get a National Hot Dog and Sausage Council t-shirt and will have their recipes featured on the NHDSC All Recipes page.

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