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Target Field to Serve Hot Dogs from Minnesota's Own Schweigert™ meats
03/08/2010 11:40 AM ET
The Minnesota Twins, Delaware North Sportservice and Schweigert meats, a Minnesota-made brand with roots in Minneapolis, today announced the hot dog offerings at Target Field. Four different hot dogs are being produced by the Schweigert brand to be served throughout Target Field.

The Twins will go back to the future with the Original Twins Dog. This traditional pork and beef Tenderbite® hot dog will be made from the same recipe as the hot dogs served in the team's first ballpark - Metropolitan Stadium - and will be available at many of the ballpark's concession stands.

The quarter-pound all-beef Twins Big Dog will replace the hot dog formerly known as the Dome Dog and will be served at portable grills and select concessions stands throughout the stadium.

An old fashion pork and beef hot dog in a natural casing, named the Dugout Dog, will be vended in the stands at Target Field by retro-attired vendors during all home games. The Dugout Dogs will be steamed in vending boxes and placed in a bun when ordered, not pre-wrapped.

The Dinger Dog, an extra-long, pork and beef hot dog, will also be available at select Hennepin Grille locations at Target Field.

"We are fortunate to be able to offer our fans a variety of hot dogs for the same great value they have come to expect," said Dave St. Peter, president of the Minnesota Twins. "We've made it a priority to incorporate local restaurants and food concepts at Target Field, and we're pleased to add Schweigert meats to our hometown lineup."

The Schweigert brand has Minnesota roots dating back to 1937 and is owned by Minneapolis based Cargill. Cargill will produce all four hot dogs at its manufacturing facility in Albert Lea, Minn.

"Our quality meats and hot dogs have been a staple of Minnesota sports for decades," said David Barocco, vice president of sales and marketing, Cargill Value Added Meats Retail. "It's an honor to bring back the original hot dog served at Metropolitan Stadium and provide Twins fans with four great tasting hot dog options."

The Twins and Sportservice also announced the continuation of Dollar-A-Dog Days at Target Field during the 2010 regular season. The Original Twins Dog will be sold for $1 during every Monday home game, with the exception of Opening Day. The promotion will be limited to two hot dogs per person and be capped at 20,000 hot dogs per game.

"The fans in Twins Territory expect the best in traditional ballpark fare," said Pete Spike, Delaware North Sportservice general manager at Target Field. "We look forward to providing fans with several new food concepts and hot dog options along with continuing the tradition of Dollar-A- Dog Days."
Fans can learn more about Target Field's concessions and dining offerings at the Taste of Twins Territory section of www.twinsbaseball.com.
Season tickets for the inaugural season at Target Field are now on sale. For more information on Twins season, group and individual tickets, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com or call (612) 33-TWINS / (800) 33-TWINS.

About Schweigert meats
In North Minneapolis in the spring of 1937, Ray Schweigert opened his first retail store. It was a neighborhood mercantile specializing in fresh and cured meat along with groceries and general merchandise. Ray's customers were the local residents of the neighborhood. In those days, the market was no further than a short walk to the corner. Ray had a dream of having the biggest and best shop in town. Word spread that Schweigert Meat Co. had the best, and soon a home delivery truck was added.

Within 3 years in the summer of 1940, Schweigert Meat Co. had grown to be the top meat shop in the area and Ray decided to change location to a larger plant near present day downtown Minneapolis at 26th and Emerson. With this move he added three more delivery trucks that serviced St. Paul and St. Cloud. It was at this location that Schweigert Meat Co. remained for almost 33 years and grew to include a fleet of more than 30 delivery trucks servicing Minnesota and parts of Iowa, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

In 1983, Schweigert meats moved to Albert Lea, Minn., eventually becoming a member of the Cargill family, where to this day it continues to carry on Ray's tradition of making quality meats for local tastes.

About Cargill
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately-held company employs 159,000 people in 68 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit www.cargill.com.

About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation's leading food, beverage and retail management companies, providing concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice has served an impressive collection of sporting events and clients, including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball's All-Star Games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games.

For more than 90 years, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today's fans. From introducing new healthy, organic food selections and creative cuisine for twists on the traditional fare, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.

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