Hurricane Florence had a very devastating impact on North Carolina — but it could also affect the pricing of one of our most beloved breakfast staples — bacon.
North Carolina is one of the top pork producers in the country and home to roughly nine million pigs. However, approximately 5,500 pigs have been killed after wind damage and flooding from the hurricane. Because of the weather, some production facilities are closed or working at limited capacity.
There’s a debate about what this actually means for the bacon market. According to USA Today, analyst Phil Flynn said a 30 cent per pound hike is possible at grocery stores, while another analyst, Christine McCracken, doesn’t agree. Instead, she expects other states will help cover the shortfall if it happens.
The North Carolina Pork Council said farmers took extraordinary measures before the storm to make sure thousands of animals were out of harm’s way.
“Our farmers are working tirelessly now amid persistent and severe logistical challenges to continue the delivery of feed, to ensure power is operating on farms and to reach the barns to provide proper animals husbandry,” they stated.
Hurricane Matthew killed 2,800 pigs in 2016 and Hurricane Floyd killed 21,000 in 1999.