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Bacon Will Cost More at McDonald’s Should Icahn Get His Way

  • Pork supplier pays up to 20% more to avoid gestation crates
  • Consumers are already coping with higher gas, food prices
McDonalds custom burger with four beef patties, four slices of cheese and bacon.
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Many McDonald’s Corp. customers aren’t able or willing to pay an extra 5% to 20% for the bacon on their burgers if Carl Icahn succeeds in revamping the company’s supply chain.

That’s the estimated cost increase the fast-food company might face if it stops buying meat from producers who put pregnant sows in gestation crates, according to two industry experts. For customers, that means adding two half-strips of bacon to a burger could cost more than $2 in Chicago, where McDonald’s is based.