Restaurant Chains Pork Up

by Nate Wooley | October 26, 2012 11:07 am

DSC5145 r 300x214 Restaurant Chains Pork Up[1]Restaurant menus can be sensitive and fluid things — items are proposed, picked up, debated and marketed very carefully. But sometimes it’s something more prosaic — something as simple as lower prices on a particular ingredient can drive a menu decision.

And that’s why pork is so popular on restaurant menus[2] this fall. An abundance of pigs being slaughtered due to high feed costs has led to many popular chains adding pork to the menu.

Here’s a sample of recent menu additions by big-name restaurants:

The good times probably won’t last, though, as it has been reported that pork supplies could tumble next year if feed prices stay high and producers such as Smithfield Foods (NYSE:SFD[5]) and Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL[6]) decrease their herds.

More on the food prices:

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC5145-r.jpg
  2. pork is so popular on restaurant menus: http://nrn.com/article/restaurant-chains-benefit-large-pork-supply
  3. BLMN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BLMN
  4. DRI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DRI
  5. SFD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SFD
  6. HRL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HRL
  7. Bacon Lovers Beware, Shortage is On the Way: http://investorplace.com/2012/09/bacon-lovers-beware-shortage-is-on-the-way/
  8. Drought Has Food Prices Set to Spike in 2013: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/drought-has-food-prices-set-to-spike-in-2013/
  9. Tasty Food Trends Coming in 2013: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/tasty-food-trends-coming-in-2013/

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