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The Oscar Mayer Brand’s Most Iconic Product Undergoes Major Quality Improvements for the Love of Hot Dogs

Brand sets new standard for hot dog quality; launches summer-long mission to get Oscar Mayer hot dogs in American’s hands

PITTSBURGH & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2017-- From the same hot dog enthusiasts that created the first-ever hot dog on wheels, here comes a line of the world’s best hot dogs. The Oscar Mayer brand is making radical changes to their full line, making it the first to market with no added nitrates or nitrites1, no artificial preservatives in their meat, and no by-products in every single one of their hot dogs. They’re celebrating the change with a massive summer mission to get a hot dog in every hand – all for the love of hot dogs.

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Now every single Oscar Mayer Hot Dog has no by-products, no added nitrates or nitrites (except those ...

Now every single Oscar Mayer Hot Dog has no by-products, no added nitrates or nitrites (except those naturally occurring in celery juice), and no artificial preservatives in their meats; a first for a national manufacturer. Going to great lengths, the brand unveiled this major quality improvement giving away free hot dogs in NY Harbor, reinforcing their commitment to get a better dog in people's hands across America…doing it all #ForTheLoveOfHotDogs. (Photo: Business Wire)

The exciting overhaul is coming after more than a year of recipe testing and tinkering. As an authority on quality, delivering great taste and superior products, Oscar Mayer has gone to great lengths to develop a line of hot dogs it could call the world’s best. And it is going to even greater lengths to make sure everyone has a chance to try them through their national integrated marketing campaign, launching today.

Oscar Mayer is America’s most iconic hot dog brand, and, as the equity leader, we felt it was time to take a stand for the love of a better hot dog,” said head of marketing at Oscar Mayer, Greg Guidotti. “We heard from hot dog fans across the country that they wanted a hot dog without artificial preservatives in meat or added nitrates and nitrites2 – all without compromising on the great Oscar Mayer taste they know and love.”

Guidotti added that “while it wasn’t an easy task, we’re excited to say that we did it. Across every single one of our hot dogs…No added nitrates or nitrites. No artificial preservatives. No by-products. And, all while delivering the same great taste. Oscar Mayer is the first national brand to do it across every single one of our hot dogs, and we did this without changing the price to our consumers. We’re excited that everyone will now have access to a better quality hot dog with the best quality ingredients.”

With these quality improvements, the brand is making sure they get a hot dog in every hand this summer with the help of the beloved Wienermobile teams, who are quite literally taking the vehicle where it’s never been before.

From the Statue of Liberty, to remote towns like Whittier, Alaska and tons of out-there stops in between, the Hotdoggers are taking the fleet on an unparalleled mission to America’s most uncharted hot dog territories.

“When we say we’re going to great lengths to get our hot dogs in every hand, we mean it,” said director Oscar Mayer brand build, Whitney Shaw. “We’re putting the Wienermobile on-water in New York Harbor for the first time, visiting remote towns outside the contiguous United States, and empowering the Wienermobile drivers to make as many off-the-beaten-path stops as they can make. We’re doing it all for the love of hot dogs.”

When these hot dog pioneers aren’t at sea or scaling winding roads, they will be on the lookout for special stops to make on their three-month journey. The six Wienermobile vehicles will be on the road all summer long, and the Hotdoggers will be popping up at hundreds of events across the country. Fans are encouraged to use #ForTheLoveOfHotDogs to tell the Wienermobile teams where to go next. The mission is being supported with a holistic and dynamic marketing campaign, featuring TV, print, digital, social and PR support, spreading the news to the hot-dog-loving masses that the time has come for a better dog.

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1 Except those naturally occurring in celery juice
2 Except those naturally occurring in celery juice

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