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That BLT might cost you more, with bacon prices rising

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

That summertime delight, the BLT sandwich, is likely to cost more this year because bacon prices are up sharply.

Pork bellies — where bacon comes from — cost about 50 percent more than last year at this time.

“Until last year, we’d never seen pork-belly prices above $1,” said Robert Manly, vice president of Smithfield Foods .

Retail bacon prices are about 25 percent higher than last year because feed costs have increased, so hog producers aren’t increasing their herds.

Gannett News Service

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