All the bacon fanatics out there had better start stockpiling because the seemingly never-ending pork trend might be forced into decline. An industry trade group calls a pork and bacon shortage for the coming year “unavoidable.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the National Pig Association in Britain recently released information in apress release about declining pig herds across the European Union. They also confirmed that the trend, “is being mirrored around the world.” Smaller herd sizes are thought to be a direct result of the high costs of feed, which was caused by a drought that devastated corn and soybean crops this year.
Smaller herds mean less pork, which will lead to higher prices. In fact, The National Pig Association believes that midway through next year the number of pigs slaughtered could fall 10 percent, and despite being a relatively small number, prices of European pork would double as a result.
In the U.S. the supply of pork was at a record high last month, at 580.8 million pounds. However, this figure was measured right around the time when farmers began scaling down their herds due to increased feeding prices. Will the infamous bacon trend — that has landed bacon in everything from ice cream to vodka — be brought to an end by shortages and increased prices? Only time will tell.
What do you think will be the result of increased bacon prices? Will the bacon trend finally meet its end?