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American Food Icon Celebrated at Annual Hot Dog Lunch

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Washington, DC – American icons merged on Capitol Hill today as hot dog makers, Major League Baseball legends and politicians gather in celebration of National Hot Dog Day and July’s National Hot Dog Month. Lawmakers along with more than 1,000 Capitol Hill staff and federal agency officials are expected to join three ex-baseball stars at the 2003 Hot Dog Lunch, sponsored by the American Meat Institute (AMI).

“The Hot Dog Lunch is one of the most popular annual events on Capitol Hill, a testament to America’s enthusiasm for the hot dog,” according to AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. “We look forward every year to celebrating the heritage and enduring popularity of this American food icon in the nation’s capital.”

The luncheon will feature a variety of popular hot dog and sausage products from lunch sponsors ConAgra Refrigerated Prepared Foods, Hatfield Quality Meats, Hormel Foods Corp., Oscar Mayer Foods, Sara Lee Foods, Smithfield Foods Inc., and Tyson Foods Inc.

Other lunch cosponsors include the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, American Bakers Association, American Frozen Food Institute, Hormel Foods Corp., International Bottled Water Association, Miller Brewing Co., National Soft Drink Association and the Snack Food Association.

On hand to sign autographs will be:

  • Jim Rice, Red Sox’s all-star big hitter and Hall of Fame nominee;

  • Greg Luzinski, Philadelphia Phillies' and Chicago White Sox's all-star outfielder; and

  • Kent Tekulve, Pittsburgh Pirates’ submarine-style reliever and all-time franchise leader in saves.

The crowd will not go home hungry, as AMI has ordered more than 4,000 hot dogs – enough to circle the Capitol dome four times. But hot dogs eaten by Washingtonians today are just a fraction of the seven billion hot dogs Americans will enjoy between Memorial Day and Labor Day, or the 25.9 million hot dogs Americans are expected to eat at major league ballparks this summer.

For more information, market data, statistics and fun facts about the all-American hot dog, visit www.hot-dog.org.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

For more information contact:
Dan Murphy
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Meehan
Senior Manager, Public Affairs

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