The Los Angeles Dodgers announced a multi-year partnership with Vernon-based Papa Cantella’s to supply Dodger Stadium with Dodger Dogs and premium sausages. They replace Farmer John as the supplier of the famed hot dog sold at the ballpark.
“Like the Dodgers, our history and community ties run deep in Los Angeles. We could not be more proud to be partnering with this iconic brand and product,” said Tony Cantella, president of Papa Cantella’s.
Papa Cantella’s products, including Dodger Dogs, have been sold at Dodger Stadium since Opening Day and packaged dogs will soon be available at retail grocery stores throughout Southern California.
Papa Cantella’s is a family-owned and operated manufacturer specializing in premium sausages and prepared foods. Their portfolio includes over 150 formulas of sausages and hot dogs, specialty meats, prepared entrees and side dishes.
“The Dodger Dog is synonymous with Dodger baseball, and a ballpark tradition that has been enjoyed by generations of fans,” Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing offer Lon Rosen said.
“It has and always will be an iconic part of the Dodger Stadium experience and we’re proud to entrust the legacy of the Dodger Dog to Papa Cantella’s, a family-owned, local manufacturer with a reputation for superior quality products.”
More than 100,000 Dodger Dogs have been sold through the first 13 games at Dodger Stadium this season.
Dodger Dog taste test
With the knowledge their contract with Farmer John would not be renewed for this season, the Dodgers took measures to ensure the new Dodger Dog did not lose its iconic taste.
News of the Dodgers and Farmer John parting ways was touched on by Vin Scully, who recalled decades of reading ads for the brand alongside Jerry Doggett.
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