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‘Meating' Their Maker: Americans Name Hamburgers and Hot Dogs as American as Uncle Sam

Thursday, June 23, 2005

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.

“This data 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 meat packer.

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 pizza.

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.

Visit www.hot-dog.org for more hot dog facts.

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

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