WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - Shoppers are spending more to bring home the bacon, but it's a price many seem willing to pay.
High demand, drought, and disease over the past several years have pushed bacon prices significantly higher. At Sobe Meats in Walker, the owner says retail prices are up $.60 per pound in just the past year. But many consider bacon an essential and are willing to pay the price.
"Come on, it's bacon," explains shopper Kathy Espinosa. "You can do everything with bacon."
"Absolutely," agrees Sobe meats co-owner Tim Sobe. "Bacon is good on anything. Like anything else, it's supply and demand. Demand goes up, prices will go up."
Calling around, we found sliced bacon from just over $4.00 per pound to nearly $6.00 in West Michigan stores. Prices can vary based on quality and location. Shoppers can also frequently find bacon on sale.