Bacon demand is still smokin'

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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Bacon…it’s the ultimate team player. From its simple use as a side to breakfast eggs or as a burger topping, bacon’s versatility makes it the perfect partner to sweet (donut topping) and savory (chip dip) foods, as well as the unexpected, including popcorn, vodka and even mouthwash.

Many bacon fans call the “cured belly of a swine carcass,” USDA’s definition for bacon, “meat candy” because it’s “satisfying and delicious.”

The average American consumes 18 lbs. of bacon each year. Bacon has what it takes to deliver what consumers want, and the companies in the infographic have the sales to prove it.

This graph shows the sales of the leading refrigerated bacon brands of the United States in 2017. Oscar Mayer was the second-ranked refrigerated bacon brand of the United States with about $806.5 million worth of sales in 2017.

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