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America’s Favorite Pizza Topping Is Starting to Get Scarce

  • Pepperoni’s price has gone up as much as 50% through virus
  • Pork processors short on workers while demand for pizza soars
Papa John's International Inc. pepperoni pizza.

Papa John's International Inc. pepperoni pizza.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Pepperoni, America’s most beloved pizza topping, is getting ever-more expensive to obtain amid production snags at meat plants and high demand for pizza.

Small pizza shops across the U.S. are reporting higher prices and tight supply for their usual pepperoni orders. At Charlie’s Pizza House in Yankton, South Dakota, manager Nick Johnson has seen prices steadily increase from $2.87 a pound in January 2019 to $4.12 now. At New York City’s Emily, chef and co-owner Matthew Hyland is paying $6 a pound, up from $4 earlier this year.