Volkswagen Currywurst

Volkswagen Currywurst


Surprisingly, automaker Volkswagen’s bestselling product is not a car, it is currywurst (sausage).


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Volkswagen currywurst is a brand of sausage manufactured by the Volkswagen car maker since 1973. It is manufactured at the company's Wolfsburg plant and sold in restaurants in its six German factories. The currywurst is also sold externally at supermarkets and football stadiums and given away to Volkswagen customers.

The sausage is branded as a "Volkswagen Original Part" and has been given the part number 199 398 500 A. The product has been described as the most produced of any of Volkswagen's parts, some 6.81 million sausages being manufactured in 2018. In many recent years, the company has produced more sausages than cars. A Volkswagen ketchup is also produced and sold to accompany the currywurst.

The sausage is made from pork delivered to the factory three times a week. The pork cuts are trimmed to remove excess fat, which provides a fat content to the sausage of approximately 20%, significantly lower than the 35% usual for a bratwurst sausage. The pork is then ground and mixed with a secret recipe of spices before being inserted into sausage skins branded with Volkswagen Originalteil. The sausages are hung on racks and smoked over beechwood for 100 minutes at 176 °C (349 °F). After cooling the sausages are sealed into packs of five.


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