Hot dogs are an American staple. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, in 2015 alone, more than $2.5 billion was spent by consumers on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets. That equates to 350 million pounds – or 9 billion – hot dogs.
Among the producers of these tasty picnic must-haves is Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Kent Quality Foods (KQF). Since 1967, family owned KQF has supplied national restaurant chains, food service companies, broad line distributors and the further processing industry with a variety of frankfurters, sausages and specialty meats.
At KQF, products must be manufactured to the highest standards and conform to the strictest measures of food safety and quality. The company maintains its USDA-inspected meat processing facility at temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and shuts down each night to dedicate a full eight hours to cleaning, inspecting and recalibrating equipment.
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