CLEVELAND, Ohio-Bacon lovers listen up! A worldwide shortage of pork and bacon is looming and Northeast, Ohio is not exempt.
This past summer’s disastrous drought is to blame, with pig farmers here and abroad struggling to pay for the feed needed to grow their herds.
John Zagara is the owner of Zagara’s Marketplace in Cleveland Heights and purchases most of the pork in his store from the state of Iowa.
Zagara says, “And with the drought, the cost of feed has gone through the roof, and a lot of farmer's sold off their herds early, because they didn't have enough money to pay for all the feed."
Zagara says the price hike will come as farmer’s try to re-establish their herds to get enough supply back in demand. And with Zagara paying more, customers may have to as well.
Kim Hyatt of Cleveland says, “The economy is just not that great so I understand the prices getting higher."
Consumers may not only be hit hard in the wallet while shopping at the grocery store, they may also feel the pinch while dining at their favorite local restaurants.
At Fahrenheit in Tremont, strips of bacon replace the traditional bowl of peanuts at the bar during happy hour. Owner Rocco Whalen doesn’t believe he’ll have to pass the cost down to his customers.
“Maybe, going to the store and just buying bigger, you know if I buy x amount of pounds of pork and put some of it in the storage or freezer, I can save that way as well," Whalen says.
But no matter how high prices go, eating habits are not likely to change.