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Fourth of July Is ‘Top Dog' Holiday for Wiener Lovers

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

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 barbecue season.

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.

“We honor 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.”

So 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.

The polling was done May 17 to 19, 2005, by Opinion Dynamics Corporation, which conducted telephone interviews with 900 consumers.

NHDSC is 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.

For more information contact:
Alana Buckner
Intern for Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs

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