Bacon is king
From 2000-2005, the price of bacon grew 20%, which is nothing compared to the 240% rise that happened from 2005-2013. When Businessweek did a deep dive into bacon earlier this year, industry experts called 2000 the turning point when fast-food companies started topping their burgers with juicy slabs of pork. And in the late aughts, bacon finally hit its peak with the deluge of meme-y products like candles, perfume, and toothpicks -- which are obviously used to remove 15 years' worth of bacon from your teeth.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. In the year 2000, his biggest food trend was the discovery of instant ramen noodles. Follow him to $.10 meals at @Dannosphere.