Price of bacon sizzles to highest in 40 years

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: A package of Oscar Meyer bacon is displayed on a grocery store shelf on February 22, 2019 in San Rafael, California. Kraft Heinz Co., maker of Kraft and Oscar Meyer products, reported a $12.6 billion fourth quarter loss and announced an Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into accounting policies with vendor agreements. The company also said it will cut its quarterly dividend by 36 percent. The company's stock plummeted 28 percent on the news. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 22: A package of Oscar Meyer bacon is displayed on a grocery store shelf on February 22, 2019 in San Rafael, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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The price of bacon is reportedly at the highest it’s been in 40 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index for the average cost of a slab of bacon rose 28 percent within the past year.

Analysts have blamed the increase on the short supply of pigs due to less demand for them during the pandemic in 2020. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers rushed to stores where they cleaned out meat counters. This led to the shutdown of the food service channel nearly overnight.

In addition, producers nervous of gaining speed in the industry with too much supply, began to purchase less livestock. New regulations to be implemented in California calling for more humane farms could also increase the cost of farming.

Analysts have said it could be months before prices on pork begin to simmer down. Meanwhile, Adam Speck, an economist with IHS Markit, said he expects pork production to close out the year 2 percent lower than in 2020.

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