Craving Bacon Drives Bellies – for Aug. 16, 2010

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Bacon-hungry consumers pushed prices for pork bellies to a record $140 per cwt on Aug. 2, surpassing the previous record of $135 set the previous week, livestock analysts said. Bacon usage surges in the summer when tomatoes ripen and consumers eat bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwiches. This year that demand surge comes at a time when pork supplies are low. In addition to use on BLTs, bacon usage has become strong year around as fast-food restaurants use.



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