They have been a favourite on our dining tables and barbecues for generations.
But now, it seems, sausages are falling out of favour as shoppers opt for healthier options.
Sales have plunged by more than two billion a year, equivalent to 260.7million fewer packs being taken off the shelves.
That is a drop of more than a quarter compared to 2008, official figures for last year’s sales reveal. Consumers have turned instead to chicken and steak as they become more aware of foods seen as fuelling the obesity epidemic.