Washington, D.C. – Sixty-four percent of Americans say hamburgers and hot dogs are the foods they associate most strongly with America, topping both chicken and pizza. According to the poll data collected by the American Meat Institute, Americans ‘relish’ their meat.
affirms that hamburgers and hot dogs are more
than just a nutritious, favorite food – they
are Americans icons,” said AMI Senior Vice
President of Public Affairs Janet Riley. Riley
pointed out that national icon Uncle Sam was a
Hamburgers captured the
lead spot, with 44 percent of Americans saying
they were the most ‘American food,’
followed by hot dogs with 20 percent of
Americans’ votes. Eighteen percent of
Americans named chicken, while 15 percent named
Americans eat 20 billion hot dogs
a year, and in celebration, July is National
Hot Dog Month. In July alone, Americans devour
two billion red hots. In comparison, Americans
consume an average of 62 pounds of beef per
year. In fact, 40 percent of U.S. beef is
consumed as ground beef.
The polling was
done May 17 to 19, 2005, by Opinion Dynamics
Corporation, which conducted telephone
interviews with 900 consumers.
www.hot-dog.org for more hot dog facts.
‘Meating' Their Maker: Americans Name Hamburgers and Hot Dogs as American as Uncle SamThursday, June 23, 2005
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