Company News: National Hot Dog Day Donation, New Calzones and Sausage

( National Hot Dog and Sausage Council )

North American Meat Institute Members to Donate 325,000 Hot Dogs to Food Banks for National Hot Dog Day

In recognition of National Hot Dog Day on July 22, 2020, members of the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) are working with Feeding America to donate more than 325,000 hot dogs to food banks across the nation for people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an institute release.

National Hot Dog Day activities celebrate the cultural, social and nutritional value of America’s summer favorite, the hot dog. For the last 40 years, NAMI has celebrated the day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, serving up hot dogs to lawmakers and their staff, the release says.

This year, the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 provided an opportunity to for the meat and poultry industry to help millions of Americans who have turned to food banks, some for the first time, to feed their families.

NAMI would like to recognize the following members and partners for their generosity, supporting 25 food banks and many more community partners around the country:

NAMI Member Company

Feeding America Food Bank

Boar’s Head

Mid Ohio Food Bank, Grove City, Ohio

Clemens Food Group/Hatfield

Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley & NEPA in Allentown, Penn.

Certified Angus Beef

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Comstock Park, Mich. and Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland, Ohio

Dietz and Watson

Philabundance, Philadelphia, Penn., Capital Area Food Bank, Washington D.C., Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Charlotte, NC and The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, Mass.

Ebels General Store/Little Town Jerky 

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Cadillac, Mich.

Flocchini Family Provisions

Food Bank of Northern Nevada, McCarron, Nev.

Kent Quality Foods

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Cadillac, Mich.

Lower Foods

Utah Food Bank, Salt Lake City, Utah


Chicago Area Food Bank, Chicago, Ill. 

Old World Provisions 

Regional Food Bank of Northeast NY, Albany, NY

Omaha Steaks

Food Bank for the Heartland, Omaha, Neb.

Original Hot Dog Factory

Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta, GA

Sigma Foods Inc.

Houston Food Bank, Houston, Tex. , San Antonio Food Bank, San Antonio, Tex.

Smithfield Foods

City Harvest, New York, NY

Sysco Cleveland

Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Cleveland, Ohio

Tyson Foods (Ball Park Brand)

Feeding Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.

Uncle Charley’s Sausage Co.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Pittsburgh, Penn.

Usingers in partnership with Shake Shack

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.


Foodlink, Inc. Rochester, NY

Carando Brings Classic Italian Flavor to the Deli with New Calzones

Carando®, a brand of Smithfield Foods, has launched a line of handheld, fully-cooked calzones. The new line features three mouth-watering flavors to tantalize every palate, including Pepperoni, Meatball, and Chicken Parmesan. The calzones offer consumers a simple, no-prep meal without skimping on taste, the release says.

"As a leader in Italian meats, we are excited to expand our portfolio and bring more of the traditional taste of Carando to consumers," said Diane Purnell, brand manager for Carando at Smithfield Foods, in the release. "Our new fully-cooked calzones offer convenient, on-the-go options for consumers looking to enjoy an easy meal at any time."

The calzones are ready to heat and eat in less than two minutes. Each calzone is 6 ounces and retails at $2.99.

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Zatarain’s Smoked Sausage Expands Retail with The Kroger Co.

As demand increases, Zatarain’s Andouille and Cajun Style Smoked Sausage is expanding its national retail availability to more than 2,000 grocery stores owned by The Kroger Co. The rollout will continue through August at stores across the country including Kroger, Ralphs, King Soopers, Fred Meyer Stores and more, according to a company release.

Zatarain’s brought New Orleans flavor to the table since 1889 and launched their line of smoked sausages in early 2019. The Kroger expansion will increase the product’s footprint, adding to their current distribution at Sam’s Club, Food Lion and select independent retailers nationwide, the release says.

“We hope to make the delicious flavor of Zatarain’s Smoked Sausage available to everyone and adding it at Kroger is a stride in the right direction,” said New Orleans native and Zatarain’s Principal Scientist Claude Davis, in the release. “We are excited to see our retail footprint expand even more in the coming months and years.”

The sausages are seasoned with spices including paprika, black and red pepper, oregano, and thyme, and are a complement for iconic New Orleans dishes like jambalaya, red beans and rice and gumbo as well as with Zatarain’s rice mixes and more. Zatarain’s Smoked Sausage is 100% pork and contains no artificial colors or flavors, no by-products, no MSG and is gluten free.