Despite the reopening of the nation, shortages in labor and certain food items are still prevalent. Bacon, a breakfast favorite, is in short supply. However, the pandemic is not the only cause for short supply. New humane rules for animal farms including Proposition 12 has made the possibility of inadequate supplies of bacon a reality in California as well as other markets. Many hog farms across the nation have not begun implementing the regulations as per the Farm Animal Confinement Proposition.
Cruise Lines, especially in the U.S., are known for their lavish buffets. However, Carnival Cruise Lines has taken to social media to announce a shortage of bacon in its breakfast buffet. This will impact the daily servings of bacon, which is definitely a popular item on the menu.
Carnival brand ambassador John Heald posted a video on Facebook addressing the shortage. He mentioned that suppliers who procure bacon for the cruise lines were facing limited supplies and hence the ship pantry supplies were under sourced.
Heald said that the cruise line was dealing with the problem as of now by setting up a schedule that would show when bacon would be provided to guests as a part of Carnival’s breakfast buffet.
He also said that they were going to “temporarily move to an every-other day schedule for serving bacon at their Lido buffet.” The Lido buffet is generally a mélange of dishes, is expansive in the items offered and bacon is more often than not a staple item on the daily menu.
He also asked customers not to worry if they see a sign that says that they were not serving bacon that day. He said that bacon would be back the next day, in such situations.
Late last month, the Associated Press had reported that California would be facing a bacon shortage early next year as Proposition 12 would be implemented. The agency said that California would face shortage in supplies as well as higher prices. Iowa, one of the major pork producers would face higher costs to regain the California market in future as its hog farms are not prepared with the regulatory approvals as yet.
Local hog farms in California will be unable to supply sufficient quantities as per the demand of the state and the entire hospitality industry, supermarkets and individual customers are going to face bacon shortages as well as high prices in a few months. Cruises have already begun dealing with the shortage in bacon. What will the other consumers do? Maybe, there will be a temporary change in eating habits and meat free and pork free alternatives will become the go-to option.