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October National Pork Month

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October is National Pork Month

In 1972, the Pork Industry began celebrating October as National Pork month. In the US, this was traditionally the time of year when pigs were sent to market. Now, we celebrate National Pork month to give thanks to pork producers for all they bring to the food industry.

Pork producers play an important role in the global food industry

Pork producers play a major role in feeding the world, as pork is one of the most consumed meats worldwide. Pork accounts for about 38% of meat production and has been rising for the past 30 years. Pork consumption varies greatly from country to country. The highest consumers are China, the European Union, Montenegro, Taiwan, Serbia, and South Korea. The US, Canada, Vietnam, and Norway are not far behind in pork consumption. Whole roasted pig is a popular cuisine on Pacific Islands and in Polynesian cultures. Pork is also found in many varieties of sausage from Bratwurst and Chorizo to Italian and Breakfast sausages. Most brands of American hot dogs are also made from pork.

Ham and Bacon

Let’s not forget the popular pork items such as ham and bacon, which have increased significantly in consumption with industrialization. Bacon can be found alongside most breakfast dishes and used as a garnish or flavoring in many appetizers, salads, side dishes, and entrees. The ham sandwich is one of the earliest recorded closed-faced sandwiches dating back to the mid-1800s and is still one of the most popular.

Many may associate October with Halloween, candy, and costumes, but it is also Pork Month. So, as you enjoy meals this month (especially those containing pork), give thanks to the pork producing farmers and families who work hard to provide you with high quality products. For excellent sources of quality wholesale pork, prepared and packaged to your specifications, contact Interra International – global leader in trade and distribution of food products.

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