SMITHFIELD, VA. – Farmer John, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., will no longer supply Dodger Dogs to fans at Dodger Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodger Dog is a grilled or steamed foot-long frankfurter topped with mustard and relish.
The new supplier is Vernon, Calif.-based Papa Cantella’s, founded in 1980 by Tom Cantella.
In 2019, the last year statistics were available, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) forecasted the Dodger Dog to lead the league as most-consumed hot dog among MLB ballparks with projected sales of 2.7 million hot dogs at Dodger Stadium.
“After the 2019 season, Farmer John made the difficult business decision not to renew its contract with the Dodgers,” Farmer John said. “As a result, the Dodger Dogs that were previously supplied by Farmer John, are no longer available at the stadium or in supermarkets. Our partnership spanned for more than 50 years.”
Farmer John will continue as the “Official Packaged Meat Partner” of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) for the 2021 season. The two businesses recently announced the second year of a multi-year partnership. LAFC became the newest Major League Soccer club in the greater Los Angeles area when the club began play in 2018. The 22,000 seat Banc of California Stadium is home to the club.