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Nathan’s Famous Strikes Deal with German Meat Processor

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Hot dog! Nathan’s Famous is taking its brand to Germany — and all of Europe for that matter.

The New York-based hot dog manufacturer, which is more 100 years old, has licensed Damhus, a German manufacturer of meat products since 1936, to manufacture and distribute Nathan’s Famous hot dogs to vendors across Europe.

“We believe our partnership with Damhus provides a wealth of advantages for the Nathan’s Famous brand, from continued growth opportunity to the ability to provide quality product to our fans in the region,” said James Walker, senior vice president of restaurants for Nathan’s Famous. “Damhus is a family-owned and operated business that, like Nathan’s, values both heritage and quality foremost in its products, and we are thrilled to be a part of continuing this tradition.”

Damhus, a third-generation sausage specialty company based in the state of North-Rhine-Westfalia in western Germany, will produce Nathan’s all-beef hot dogs for both retail and food service establishments throughout Europe. According to Nathan’s Famous, Damhus is continuously recognized for its award-winning top quality, and is known for utilizing the best technology available in both production and sustainability, while sourcing the freshest ingredients locally.

Nathan’s Famous said Damhus’ state-of-the-art facilities are uniquely positioned to produce Nathan’s hot dogs, which require cold emulsion, a process that caps the emulsion temperature at 35 degrees. Coupled with Damhus’ production capabilities, relationships with suppliers, and its long-standing legacy as a company, Nathan’s Famous said the agreement will boost growth its significantly across Europe. Damhus is currently distributing Nathan’s products to England, Italy and Ireland.

“We’ve had great success in our partnership with Nathan’s Famous and are excited to continue growing our manufacturing and distribution capabilities,” said Olaf Damhus, owner and managing director for Damhus. “Both of our companies have a strong tradition of honoring local flavor while facilitating production on an international scale. This partnership is allowing European consumers to enjoy the flavor of New York through Damhus’ commitment to quality products and sustainability.”

Nathan’s Famous currently distributes its products in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and 11 foreign countries through its restaurant system.

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