Hawaii and Nevada Restaurant Customers Love Bacon the Most

Hawaii and Nevada have the most bacon-obsessed restaurant customers in the U.S., and Alaska has the least

That’s according to data released today by Dining Alliance, the nation’s largest group purchasing organization for restaurants. Dining Alliance helps more than 20,000 restaurants across the U.S. save money on all sorts of food items, including bacon. Dining Alliance analyzed orders for more than 1.7 million cases of bacon by its member restaurants in 2018. On a per capita basis, Hawaii was at the top of the list with per capita orders that were 154% higher than the national average. Alaska was at the bottom of the list with orders that were nearly 24% less than the national average. For every one piece of bacon ordered at restaurants in Alaska, diners in Hawaii ordered a whopping 54 pieces.

“Having Hawaii and Nevada at the top of the list makes sense when you think about the kind of dining that happens there,” said Christina Donahue, President of Dining Alliance. “Hawaii and Nevada are vacation destinations. When people are on vacation they go out to eat more often, and tend to splurge when they do. That means more extra sides of bacon at breakfast and more bacon on top of burgers at lunch and dinner. And of course, the grand buffet culture at Las Vegas casinos adds to the sheer pounds of bacon those operators go through.”

The state with the most restaurant bacon orders was Texas with more than 245,000 cases of bacon sold. But when calculated on a per capita basis, Texas ranks 8th among all 50 states.

A complete listing of the per capita restaurant bacon orders is below. In addition, Dining Alliance has created the below embeddable interactive infographic that shows the states with the most overall bacon purchases and the leaders per capita.

Bacon prices fluctuate throughout the year based on seasonality, import/export trends, global political issues, weather, and other factors. In 2018, the price of a case of bacon dropped 11.47% for Dining Alliance member. By utilizing Dining Alliance’s contracts, operators have the opportunity to stabilize their pricing, leading to better forecasting and recipe costing.  Furthermore, by analyzing their purchasing data using the tools that Dining Alliance and their partners offer, operators may find opportunities to lock in contracts for items that guarantee more aggressive prices, or to ‘rationalize’ their items and eliminate duplicate orders within a single category

“Bacon is big business,” said Donahue. “It’s obviously a staple for any place that serves breakfast. For lunch and dinner, bacon becomes a premium add on to many dishes that can drive profitability.”

In addition to helping restaurants save money on their bacon purchases by pooling together their purchasing power, Dining Alliance also advises restaurants on the best kinds of bacon to buy depending on how they plan to serve it.

“We often see restaurants using the exact same kind of bacon when they serve it by itself for breakfast or as a topping on cheeseburgers,” Donahue said. “That’s not always the best way to go. Long, thin bacon looks great filling up a breakfast plate, but it may make more sense to use a shorter, thicker piece on top of a burger.”

States with the most restaurant bacon consumption per capita, 2018

  1. Hawaii 154.56% higher than the national average
  2. Nevada 145.03% higher than the national average
  3. Vermont 72.62% higher than the national average
  4. Oklahoma 70.44% higher than the national average
  5. Utah 47.82% higher
  6. Massachusetts 35.15% higher
  7. Arkansas 34.03% higher
  8. Texas 30.36% higher
  9. Wyoming 27.69% higher
  10. Washington, DC 16.82% higher
  11. Louisiana 15.28% higher
  12. Kansas 14.20% higher
  13. New Jersey 12.75% higher
  14. Missouri 12.45% higher
  15. Mississippi 8.33% higher
  16. Colorado 8.24% higher
  17. Pennsylvania 7.525 higher
  18. Georgia 7.11% higher
  19. Rhode Island 6.77% higher
  20. New Hampshire 3.59% higher
  21. New Mexico 1.96% higher
  22. Connecticut .36% higher
  23. Alabama .27% lower than the national average
  24. Delaware .34% lower than the national average
  25. Idaho .90% lower than the national average
  26. Tennessee 2.56% lower than the national average
  27. Iowa 2.70% lower
  28. Virginia 2.93% lower
  29. Maryland 2.97% lower
  30. Arizona 7.945 lower
  31. Illinois 9.90% lower
  32. South Dakota 10.10% lower
  33. Florida 12.64% lower
  34. South Carolina 14.08% lower
  35. Kentucky 14.36% lower
  36. North Dakota 14.75% lower
  37. Washington 15.10% lower
  38. Montana 16.48% lower
  39. Ohio 16.60% lower
  40. Oregon 16.65% lower
  41. North Carolina 17.10% lower
  42. New York 17.20% lower
  43. Indiana 17.30% lower
  44. California 17.40% lower
  45. Nebraska 17.82% lower
  46. West Virginia 18.14% lower
  47. Minnesota 18.27% lower
  48. Maine 19.66% lower
  49. Michigan 20.36% lower
  50. Wisconsin 20.61% lower
  51. Alaska 23.92% lower