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Brewers team up with new hot dog and sausage provider

The racing sausages greet fans at Miller Park on Milwaukee Brewers opening day, April 3, 2017. (WLUK/John Doran)

UPDATE: Johnsonville is the new officials sausage and hot dog provider for Miller Park and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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MILWAUKEE (WLUK) -- Milwaukee-based Klement’s Sausage Company is no longer the official hot dog and sausage provider of the Milwaukee Brewers.

According to a statement released Tuesday by Klement’s CEO and president, Thomas Danneker, the decision to end the more than 25-year partnership was made by the Brewers.

In part, it reads:

"This spring, we entered into our regular contract negotiations with the Brewers -- just as we have done many times over the past 25+ years. We intended to extend and continue our partnership with the Brewers -- and more importantly with the Brewers family of fans. Unfortunately, the Brewers abruptly and without explanation cut off our negotiations. To our surprise, weeks later the Brewers informed us that they signed with another undisclosed company, and we would not have the opportunity to match the deal or negotiate. Given our history and commitment to the Brewers this was a surprising and disappointing development."

Danneker says employees should view this as an opportunity. The company has begun talking with other community partners to support.

The Famous Racing Sausages will still be a part of game day. According to the frequently asked questions section of the Klement’s website, the racing sausages are owned by Major League Baseball.

The team has not formally announced its new hot dog and sausage provider but did release the following statement Tuesday:


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