Carnival Cruise Lines will only serve bacon to guests on alternate days as it’s struggling with a shortage of the breakfast-buffet staple

The Carnival Vista cruise ship.
The Carnival Vista cruise ship.

  • Carnival Cruise Line is dealing with a bacon shortage on its ships.
  • The company will temporarily only serve bacon every other day on its ships to combat the shortage.
  • “If we serve it every day, we will have run out by the end of the week,” said its brand ambassador.
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Bacon is in short supply on the menus of the world’s biggest cruise company, Carnival Cruise.

In a video posted to Facebook, Carnival’s brand ambassador John Heald said suppliers who service the cruise industry are facing challenges sourcing bacon for their ships.

Due to the shortage, Heald said the cruise line will set up a schedule for when bacon is served to passengers. “We are going to have to temporarily move to an every-other-day schedule for bacon at the Lido buffet,” he said.

He added: “If you see a sign saying ‘Today, we’re not serving bacon, don’t worry, it’s going to be back the next day.”

Bacon – and its potential lack of availability – has made further headlines recently. Earlier this month, some restaurant owners raised fears about how a change in animal-welfare rules taking force next year could make bacon difficult to find and more expensive to buy in California.

At the start of next year, California will enforce a welfare proposition, which was approved by voters in 2018. The Farm Animal Confinement Proposition, or Proposition 12, requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and veal calves.

The idea is that all of those animals should have sufficient space to stretch out their wings, claws, and paws, as Insider’s Hilary Brueck reported. Welfare campaigners have been pushing for the change for years.

Courts or the state could try and intervene between now and January but if they don’t, California could lose almost all of its pork supply and pork producers will likely face higher costs to regain the market, AP reported.

Bacon costs are already rising. Insider’s Anna Cooban reported in June that it cost 13% more than last year, which is apparently due to supply shortages and rising costs of pig feed.

The cost of bacon rose 1.8% between April and May, according to BLS data, although this was a slower increase than March to April, when bacon prices jumped 3.4%.

Despite a shortage of the popular breakfast item on Carnival’s cruise lines, Heald made it clear that the company won’t be rationing bacon. “We are not going to ration you and say you can only have one piece. But if we serve it every day, we will have run out by the end of the week,” he said.

He also added that the new schedule will not be permanent. “This is not a cutback, this is a genuine problem that we, as a company, are having.”

The bacon shortage will not impact Carnival’s ability to stock other breakfast favorites, Heald said. Items such as ham and sausage will still be in good supply.

The cruise industry recently opened its doors to the public following an almost year-long halt in operations due to the pandemic.

Guests were eager to return to the sea and Carnival said that booking volumes skyrocketed as a result.

In a second-quarter business update, the company said that booking volumes for future cruises were 45% higher than during the first quarter, Insider’s Grace Dean reported. Advance bookings for 2022 were already higher than in 2019, according to the report.

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California restaurant owners fear bacon may become scarce – or even disappear – as new animal-welfare rules takes affect, reports say

A closeup of four strips of bacon cooking in their own grease
Animal welfare campaigners have been pushing for change for years.

  • New California animal-welfare rules could make bacon harder to find, AP reported.
  • The rules were approved by voters in 2018 but are raising fears now due to their potential impact.
  • They require more space for breeding pigs and veal calves and will take effect next January.
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A change in animal-welfare rules could make bacon difficult to find and more expensive to buy, reports say.

At the beginning of next year, California will enforce the welfare proposition, which was approved by voters in 2018. The Farm Animal Confinement Proposition requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and veal calves.

The idea is that all of those animals should have sufficient space to stretch out their wings, claws, and paws, as Insider’s Hilary Brueck reported. Welfare campaigners have been pushing for the change for years.

Back in 2018, Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement: “California voters have sent a loud and clear message that they reject cruel cage confinement in the meat and egg industries.”

Between now and January, courts or the state could try and intervene. But if they don’t, California is expected to lose almost all of its pork supply and pork producers will likely face higher costs to regain the market, according to AP.

Once the amount of time needed to build new facilities and inseminate sows is factored in, it is unlikely the pork industry will be able to supply California, AP reports.

“We are very concerned about the potential supply impacts and therefore cost increases,” said Matt Sutton, the public policy director for the California Restaurant Association, told AP.

Jeannie Kim, a San Francisco restaurant owner, also told AP: “Our number one seller is bacon, eggs and hash browns. It could be devastating for us,” she said.

The outlet reported that California restaurants and grocery stores use about 255 million pounds of pork per month, but its farms only produce only 45 million pounds.

To fill the gap, The National Pork Producers Council asked the US Department of Agriculture for federal support to help pay for rebuilding pig facilities. But they haven’t complied because California hasn’t yet issued formal regulations on how the new standards will be enforced, according to AP.

As Insider’s Anna Cooban reported, bacon costs are already rising – it now costs 13% more than last year, which is apparently due to supply shortages and rising costs of pig feed. The cost of bacon rose 1.8% between April and May, according to BLS data, although this was a slower increase than March to April, when bacon prices jumped 3.4%.

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Bacon keeps getting more expensive – it now costs 13% more than last year, government data shows

Bacon
The price of bacon rose 13% year-on-year in May.

  • Bacon is way more expensive than it was a year ago.
  • The price of bacon has jumped 13% year-on-year, BLS data shows, and it rose 1.8% between April and May.
  • The consumer price index was up 5%, but signals suggest an inflation slowdown could be coming.
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Bacon is now 13% more expensive than a year ago, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

And it’s not just shoppers facing higher prices: The owner of Burger King and Popeyes says prices for its key ingredients, including bacon, are rising, according to an internal report viewed by Bloomberg News.

The cost of bacon rose 1.8% between April and May, according to BLS data – this was a slower increase than March to April, when bacon prices jumped 3.4%.

Supply shortages and rising costs of pig feed were making pork products more expensive, Jayson L. Lusk, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Perdue, told the “Today” program in April.

The cost of other household staples has risen sharply, too. Over the past year, whole milk prices have risen 7.2%, beer 2.4%, and cigarettes 7.6%, the BLS data showed.

Whiskey has also climbed 3.7% in the past year, BLS data showed. It rose 0.7% from April to May, having fallen 0.2% in the previous month.

The overall consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.6% from April to May, and has surged 5% in the past year.

The monthly CPI jump was due mostly to a 7.3% rise in the cost of used cars and trucks, which accounted for about one-third of the seasonally-adjusted all items increase. Gasoline prices surged 56.2%, and car and truck rentals grew by 110% year-on-year.

As Insider’s Juliana Kaplan and Andy Kiersz reported, multiple under-the-radar signals suggest an inflation slowdown could be coming.

The 5% year-on-year inflation was the strongest since August 2008, and beat economists’ expectations. But annual price rises are measured against an unusually low base in May 2020, when most of the country was in lockdown.

The BLS figures showed that food away from home rose by 4% year-on-year. Restaurants are putting up the prices of menu items due to rising food costs and a labor shortage.

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A biotech company is making vegan bacon, leather, and a Styrofoam-like packaging out of lab-grown mushrooms

  • Ecovative Design is making eco-friendly products like plant-based meat and imitation leather out of mycelium, the root structures of mushrooms.
  • It also makes packaging material that could replace Styrofoam, which takes up one-third of all landfill space.
  • The company has raised $100 million in capital and is part of a $4 billion meat-alternative market.
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