Can Declining Hotdog Sales Affect the 4th of July?

This close to the 4th of July, I thought it was appropriate to note the declining sales of hotdogs, which have remained a stable in American cuisine for decades, at barbecues, birthday parties and lazy beach days.

In an article that appeared in Business Week on June 27th, various reasons were given as to why hotdog sales continue to decline, despite their reptutation for being relatively cheap to buy, inexpensive to put together and are available in a variety of sizes and flavors (my favorite is of course the cheese dog).

One of those reasons is the increasingly introduction of food from different cultures and countries such as nachos and tacos, which are also relatively inexpensive to make and enjoy. Different foods are taking center stage and what kids grow up with nowadays is not the same food that was available 20 years ago.

Another reason is the fact that the “raw” materials needed to make hotdogs are increasing, therefore, retail prices have taken a huge hit, potentially turning this inexpensive foodstuff into something less afforable.

Despite these factors, the article is states that hotdogs are still king at baseball stadiums. It’s not suprise either, as baseball itself is an American classic (“The Great American Pass Time”) and regardless of the availability of more trendy items like sushi, the ball park is the place to good for a good old-fashioned hotdog.

I guess hamburgers will have to do for this year’s barbecues, though I doubt it. Hotdogs might not be as popular as they used to be but they are by no means extinct. Enjoy the 4th with a hamburger or hotdog or even some sushi, whatever works!

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