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American Meat Institute Unveils `Six Degrees of Bacon'

Monday, June 7, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Trivia buffs may be skilled at finding connections to the actor Kevin Bacon through the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” but how many are schooled in trivia about the real bacon, the one whose scent can launch the lightest appetite or prompt a vegetarian to have second thoughts?

Recognizing America’s love affair with bacon, the American Meat Institute this week released a new brochure “Six Degrees of Bacon” that aims to address some common questions about its favorite “meat candy,” with the release of a new educational brochure, “Six Degrees of Bacon.”

The Chinese are said to have begun salting pork bellies as early as 1500 B.C.  Today, the refrigerated bacon category is a $2.1 billion industry, with volume sales up 7.5 percent in the 52 weeks ending January 24, 2010 – during the nation’s economic downturn. And it’s not just for breakfast anymore.

“Bacon is enjoying an almost cult-like following these days,” said AMI Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Member Services Janet Riley.  “It is the subject of dozens of Facebook fan pages and bacon blogs with tens of thousands of members. Foods as diverse as vodka and chocolate are flavored with it.  Pork bacon is listed as #7 on JW Thompson’s list of “100 Things to Watch in 2010,” a list that also includes electric cars, 3-D television and Japan’s first lady.”

AMI’s “Six Degrees of Bacon” is a fun, fact-filled guide that explains, for example, that the bacon lettuce tomato sandwich, better known as the BLT, became popular when fresh lettuce and tomatoes became available year-round after World War II.  The guide also strives to answer six commonly asked questions about this popular cut of pork:

 “There’s no question that Americans are bringing home the bacon,” noted Riley. “But most people don’t know a whole lot about its history, or even where it comes from.  Our new guide pays tribute to this American classic.”

To view the “Six Degrees of Bacon” guide, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/ and click on the Product Spotlight section in the Media/Public Center or simply click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/d/sp/i/59928/pid/59928. This brochure is the first in a series that will spotlight popular meat products.


Founded in 1906, AMI is the nation’s oldest and largest trade association representing the U.S. meat and poultry packing and processing industry.

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