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Memorial Day Marks Start of Projected Seven Billion Hot Dog Season

Thursday, May 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans are expected to eat at least seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

The Council estimates that Americans eat 20 billion hot dogs each year, but more are eaten in the warm weather months when the grills are fired up and hot dogs have that great barbecued taste.

Many Americans will enjoy hot dogs this summer in conjunction with sporting events, because hot dogs are the ultimate hand-held food.  In fact, a recent survey by the Council found that major league baseball fans will consume more than 20.5 million hot dogs while enjoying games.  That's enough wieners to stretch from Miami to Denver.

“Throughout the years, the hot dog have been a mainstay of summer barbecues and we anticipate this summer continue that great tradition,” said Council President Janet Riley aka The Queen of Wien (@queenofwien). “We at the Council greet Memorial Day weekend like a kid greets Christmas and we are looking forward to another successful hot dog season.”

The Council offers several tips for a successful summer barbecue:

For more information about hot dogs and sausages, visit the Council's website at http://www.hot-dog.org/ and Facebook site at  https://www.facebook.com/NHDSC.


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.

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