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Meat Institute to Host Annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill

Monday, July 15, 2019

Washington, DC, July 15, 2019 – The North American Meat Institute will host its Annual Hot Dog Lunch in celebration of July as National Hot Dog Month on National Hot Dog Day, Wednesday, July 17, at the Rayburn House Office Building Courtyard from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 1,000 lawmakers, congressional staff, meat industry representatives and members of the media will convene on Capitol Hill. Six vendors are expected to serve more than 3,500 hot dog and sausage products in the company of three Major League Baseball legends: Rollie Fingers, Brady Anderson and Ray Knight.

Who: Hosted by the Meat Institute and Honorary Congressional Co-Chairs, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman House Committee on Agriculture, and Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX), ranking member, House Committee on Agriculture.

Baseball Greats in Attendance:

Rollie Fingers is a former pitcher who played for the Athletics, Padres, and Brewers during his 17 year career. With the Oakland A’s, Fingers won three World Series titles, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1974 Series and in 1981 won the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player Award, and AL Cy Young Award with the Milwaukee Brewers. Fingers was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Brady Anderson is a former outfielder and three-time All-Star who played for the Baltimore Orioles for 14 seasons. With 53 stolen bases in 1992 and 50 home runs in 1996, Anderson the first player in major league history to have achieved season totals of 50 in both categories. Anderson is a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame and previously held the position of Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Orioles.

Ray Knight is a former corner infielder who played for both the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets. Knight played third base for the Reds and is remembered by Mets fans for scoring the winning run of game six of the 1986 World Series, for which he was named Most Valuable Player.

Hot Dog Vendors: Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.; Dietz & Watson, Inc.; Hormel Foods Corporation; Land O’Frost, Inc.; Smithfield Foods; and Tyson Foods, Inc.

Co-Sponsored by: American Beverage Association, Hormel Foods Corporation, Kraft Heinz, International Bottled Water Association and Snack Food Association.

What: Meat Institute Annual Hot Dog Lunch celebrating National Hot Dog Month

Where: Rayburn House Office Building Courtyard

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Note to Media: This is an invitation only event, but all credentialed media are welcome to attend. Please check in at the media desk on arrival.


About NAMI. 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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