Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Everyone’s A ‘Wiener’ With Hot Dog/ Bun ‘Piece Treaty’

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A new agreement between a top Chicago hot dog company and a bun bakery could make every one a “wiener.”

On May 17, executives for the Vienna Beef company and the Alpha Baking Company will meet in Chicago to sign a “piece treaty” where they will agree to package hot dogs and buns in the same amount.

Ever since the late 1800s, buns have been often sold in packs of 12 while the dogs are sold eight at a time. But the “piece treaty” will ensure that both buns and dogs will now be sold in eight-packs.

Vienna Beef’s top dog Howard Eirinberg and Alpha’s “number bun” exec Marc Zawicki admits neither side relished the thought of changing their packages, but the bakery decided to reduce the amount of buns, figuring “most customers end up throwing four away.”

Luckily, grocery chains have embraced the concept and many will be displaying the similarly sized buns and dogs throughout the Midwest by summer’s end.

No word on if other bakeries or meat companies will follow suit but Eirinberg suspects everyone “will soon be playing catch-up.”

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