Bacon lovers can breathe a sigh of smoky relief.
No, a study didn't find bacon to be healthy. But America's favorite smoked meat is more affordable today.
A one-pound package of bacon is 25% cheaper now than a year ago, according to U.S. Agriculture Department data. That's over a dollar and a quarter in savings and puts bacon back on par with breakfast sausage prices.
Timing couldn't be better. America's bacon craze hasn't stopped.
In the past year, Americans ate 1.1 billion -- billion with a B -- servings of bacon at restaurants.
Eateries are happy to indulge people's bacon cravings, especially now that prices are falling. At casual dining restaurants, bacon sales are up 13% on the year, according to market research firm NPD Group and CREST food service. [Continue]