Threat of bacon shortages as farmers demand price hikes
First it was Prosecco, then Nutella, then our beloved avocados - yes, it seems like there’s just one shortage of our favourite delicacies after another.
And the latest food to be under threat? Bacon.
Yes, pig farmers are struggling to keep up with our appetite for bacon butties.
Fortunately for Irish partial to a sizzling rasher or two, the shortage is currently only affecting supplies across the pond in the US, where bacon reserves are at their lowest for half a century.
The US Department of Agriculture revealed there has been a 67 per cent year-on-year drop in pork belly inventory levels.
On Tuesday, the Ohio Pork Council revealed that demand for frozen pork belly (which is often made into bacon) is exceeding supply.
“Today’s pig farmers are setting historic records by producing more pigs than ever,” said Ohio Pork Council President Rich Deaton. “Yet our reserves are still depleting.”
In what has been dubbed the “aporkalypse”, it didn’t take long for #baconshortage to start trending on Twitter as panic spread.