Makes me wonder if "mets" and "the Mets" are related. Hot dogs are, after all, a popular stadium delicatessen.
Or it could be Jewish in origin. It's always one or the other.
The best we have here in terms of sausages are "hunter's kolbasi" (охотничьи колбаски): smoked ground meat, like a kolbasa, but long and thin, ready to eat. Mostly for consumption with beer. Hotdogs and the lot, we still do have to cook: there's some microwave food in stores, but the majority is to be cooked by you the customer at home.
The US are obsessed with making things easier, cheaper, quicker, and less dirty. Anything to make one feel less uncomfortable. Russia isn't there yet, and I'm ready to bet it never will be, because the economy here sucks too much for such a megaproduction to take place.
That being said, most supermarket chains have their own industrial bakeries, each producing goods for that particular location. And because people love to see lots of something on the shelves, you get way too many of most baked goods produced each day. Some of it's probably eaten by the workers of the store, but you can't eat that much, so the rest of it goes to waste.
> Either way though, you guys put your newspapers to good use. We tended to use them, along with other things, as firestarters.
Old, yellow papers being used to start the brick heater (not a fireplace) is a thing here too. My parents had stacks of those at the dacha, for this specific occasion. (Plastic windows on a log building. That would be Russia for ya.) When you read a weekly newspaper, what else are you going to do?