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Big Apple is Big ‘Wiener' in Hot Dog Poll

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Washington, DC – In a true “dog eat dog” contest, New York City and Chicago ran neck and neck for the title of “City Offering the Best Hot Dogs,” according to new poll data from the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (NHDSC).

But who has the best dogs? New York City ‘mustard’ up 28 percent of American sentiment and Chicago closely trailed with 26 percent of Americans’ votes. Few respondents chose Dallas (five percent), Los Angeles (three percent) and Denver (two percent).

New York and Chicago tend to like their hot dogs in very particular ways. In New York, dogs are served with steamed onions and yellow mustard. Chicago dogs are served with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onion, tomato slices and topped with a dash of celery salt on a poppy seed bun.

But today, the best dogs are being showcased in the nation’s capital. Both New York and Chicago dogs will be available at the annual Hot Dog Lunch – one of the most popular social events on Capitol Hill. “In celebration of July as National Hot Dog Month, we serve hot dogs in a variety of ways to satisfy the diverse tastes of people living in Washington, D.C.,” said Janet Riley, president of NHDSC.

The poll data shows that 55 percent of hot dog consumers say they enjoy hot dogs most when consuming them at sporting events. At major league baseball parks this season, Americans will enjoy 27.5 million hot dogs – enough to stretch across the country if laid end to end.

The Hot Dog Lunch honors the red hots cherished presence in baseball by headlining three baseball icons: Tommy John from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harmon Killebrew from the Minnesota Twins and Luis Tiant from the Boston Red Sox.

The Hot Dog Lunch offers consumers another opportunity to enjoy a great tasting dog against a baseball backdrop. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans are expected to consume seven billion hot dogs, just part of the 20 billion consumed annually.

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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