Video: A Deeper Look into Pork Belly Quality - Dr. Manuel JuarezThe belly of the pig has become substantially crucial in recent years, mainly due to increased global demand. Countries like South Korea and Japan favor these cuts for their traditional cooking methods and are willing to pay a premium for high-quality bellies. Moreover, the popularity and frequent use of bacon in North American recipes have increased demand for premium-quality pork bellies. So, in this episode, I talk to Dr. Manuel Juarez about pork belly quality, innovations, and automated systems for measuring belly firmness, covering the balance between diet and genetics while determining pork belly quality.
“Bacon is everywhere every day, and then other pork cuts are maybe not as common. So the combination of the export markets plus the popularity of bacon, have helped increase the price of the pork belly." - Dr. Manuel Juarez