Washington, D.C. – Three-fourths of Americans say hot dogs are more strongly associated with the 4th of July than with any other holiday, according to new poll data collected by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC). As proof, Americans are expected to eat 150 million over the holiday weekend – and the majority of patriotic franks are eaten in a bun.
According to the data, seventy-six
percent of Americans ‘relish’ their hot
dogs most around the 4th of July, while 13
percent of Americans associate hot dogs most
with the Memorial Day, which is the
“gateway” to the summer and to the peak
About two-thirds (69
percent) of hot dog consumers prefer eating
their hot dogs on a bun, while 15 percent
prefer them with baked beans and 14 percent
prefer eating corn dogs.
the hot dog as an American icon during July’s
National Hot Dog Month,” said NHDSC President
Janet Riley. “The 4th of July holiday is
always a great time to kick off our celebration
of this most American of foods.”
how do Americans top their dog? Mustard is the
favorite topping for 32 percent of Americans.
Ketchup and chili take second (23 percent) and
third (17 percent), respectively.
polling was done May 17 to 19, 2005, by Opinion
Dynamics Corporation, which conducted telephone
interviews with 900 consumers.
a project of the American Meat Institute
Foundation and is funded by contributions from
U.S. hot dog and sausage manufacturers and the
companies that supply them with equipment,
ingredients and services. Established in 1994,
the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council
conducts scientific research to benefit hot dog
and sausage manufacturers. The Council also
serves as an information resource to consumers
and media on issues related to quality, safety,
nutrition and preparation of hot dogs and
sausages. Visit us at www.hot-dog.org.
Fourth of July Is ‘Top Dog' Holiday for Wiener LoversWednesday, June 29, 2005
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