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NAMI’s Annual Hot Dog Lunch Hits Grand Slam On Capitol Hill

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Washington, DC– More than 1,000 lawmakers, congressional staff, meat industry representatives and members of the media filled the Rayburn House Office Building Courtyard on Capitol Hill to celebrate National Hot Dog Day and July as National Hot Dog Month at the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Annual Hot Dog Lunch.

“For more than 40 years, the annual NAMI Hot Dog Lunch has been a great American celebration, bringing people together in their shared love of an iconic American food,” said NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter. “It is one of the most anticipated events on Capitol Hill, as guests join us to enjoy hot dogs in the company of Major League Baseball greats.”

Guests ate more than 3,500 hot dogs, corn dogs, brats and other sausages from popular hot dog manufacturers including Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.; Dietz & Watson, Inc.; Hofmann Sausage Company, LLC; Hormel Foods Corporation; Land O’Frost, Inc.; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; and Tyson Foods, Inc. All uncooked or pre-packaged leftover food will be donated to Carpenter’s Shelter, a local food bank.

The 2016 Hot Dog Lunch was co-hosted by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) and sponsored by the American Bakers Association, American Beverage Association, Diageo, Hormel Foods Corporation, International Bottled Water Association and Snack Food Association.

Baseball Greats in Attendance

Hot dogs and baseball are an American tradition and each year the Hot Dog Lunch pays tribute to this one-of-a-kind relationship.

Attending this year’s lunch to greet fans, sign autographs and enjoy some hot dogs were:

Andre Dawson , a former center and right fielder who played for four Major League Baseball teams, playing most of his career for the Montreal Expos (1976-1986) and Chicago Cubs (1987-1992). Dawson, an eight-time National League All-Star, was named the league’s Rookie of the Year (1977), Most Valuable Player (1987) and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (2010).

Andy Van Slyke , a former outfield and centerfielder who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1983-1986), Pittsburgh Pirates (1987-1994), Baltimore Orioles (1995) and Philadelphia Phillies (1995). He was a three-time All-Star, five-time winner of the Gold Glove Award and two-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award.

Jack Clark , a former Major League Baseball player who played for the San Francisco Giants (1975-84), St, Louis Cardinals (1985-97), New York Yankees (1988), San Diego Padres (1989-90), and Boston Red Sox (1991-92). He was a two-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award and four-time All-Star.

Photos from the lunch will be available on the North American Meat Institute Facebook page or on request.


The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) is the leading voice for the meat and poultry industry. Formed from the 2015 merger of the American Meat Institute (AMI) and North American Meat Association (NAMA), the Institute has a rich, century-long history and provides essential member services including legislative, regulatory, scientific, international and public affairs representation. NAMI’s mission is to shape a public policy environment in which the meat and poultry industry can produce wholesome products safely, efficiently and profitably. Together, the Institute’s members produce the vast majority of U.S. beef, pork, lamb and poultry and the equipment, ingredients and services needed for the highest quality products.

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