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Bacon Prices Plummet After Hitting All-Time High

05/22/2015 02:37 pm ET | Updated May 22, 2015
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Bacon prices rose consistently for nearly five years, reaching an all-time high of $6.11 a pound in June 2014. But now they've finally started to drop.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest Consumer Price Index report, released Friday morning, showed that the price of a pound of bacon averaged $5.21 in U.S. cities in April 2015, the lowest level since May 2013. That means it fell by nearly 15 percent between June 2014 and April 2015.

Recently released USDA data showed an even steeper price drop of 25 percent in the past year.

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Industry analysts attributed the fall to a recovery in the size of the American hog herd after a devastating viral epidemic killed 8.5 million piglets across the country in 2014. USDA data showed that the size of the herd was up 7 percent in March 2015 compared to a year earlier.

To be sure, bacon prices remain very high by the standards of recent history, even after inflation is taken into account. In inflation-adjusted terms, bacon is still more expensive than it was at any point before the summer of 2013.

bacon price inflation graph

Bacon prices tend to be lowest in the first four months of the year, so it's possible they could rise as the temperature heats up and brings the consumer appetite for BLTs along with it.

Still, the recent dip is good news for bacon-loving grocery shoppers, who may have been forced to cut back on their favorite cured meat because of sky-high prices. And it comes just in time for Memorial Day weekend barbecues. Bring on the bacon cheeseburgers!

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