This year, spot prices have soared 45% from June to an all-time high of $1.60 a pound in September, before tumbling back to a low of 88 cents by late October. Now they fetch around 96 cents. “It’s getting completely out of whack,” said Chris Kunzler, president of Kunzler & Co., a Lancaster, Pa., bacon processor.
The CME’s lean-hogs contract is more actively traded. But belly prices sometimes differ from hog prices, meaning traders can’t use the two interchangeably.