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Why Sales of This Food Have Been Skyrocketing Since March

This cookout icon was also popular at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hot dogs and burgers on grill

Quick and easy meals are an effortless go-to when cooking just isn't in the cards. And with most people buying more at the grocery store, many items that weren't available for weeks are slowly being reintroduced to shelves. New data shows that this is when Americans turned to convenience and comfort foods most.

Boil them, grill them, fry on the stove, or even use a slow cooker — hot dogs are versatile. Kids love them and they're a backyard cookout staple for a reason. Hot dog sales went through the roof when the coronavirus forced states to enact stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the virus in March. This was over two months before the outdoor barbecue holiday Memorial Day in late May.

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According to data from IRI Worldwide, hot dog sales year-over-year went up 123% the week ending on March 15, and 127% the week ending on March 22. In the following weeks, sales were still up compared to March 2019. During this time Walmart and Costco saw orders for hot dogs rise up to 300% in March, forcing some hot dog plants to use weekend shifts to ship the influx of frankfurters, according to the New York Times.

The data from IRI notes that consumers bought beef hot dogs the most, compared to non-beef. Sausage dogs, bratwurst, veggie dogs, and more are all just as versatile as beef, and offer everyone their favorites.

There are so many different ways to dress up a hot dog besides ketchup and mustard. Add avocado and bacon for a creamy, yet crunchy twist, or buffalo sauce and blue cheese for a kick. Considering some hot dogs clock in under 100 calories, they also are a comfort food you can feel comfortable enjoying.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda McDonald is a health and food writer and a certified yoga instructor. Read more
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