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Consumers Eating More SPAM as Food Prices Rise

News Flash: Hungry Consumers Are Scooping Up Spam and Ramen

I've never eaten Spam, but I don't think Hormel is missing my business. The company reported that strong sales pushed their profits up 14 percent last quarter, and the Associated Press reports that more people are buying cans of Spam and packages of ramen in an effort to combat rising food prices. The canned meat is actually more expensive than it was the same time last year (an average 12 oz. can costs about $2.62), but consumers are resorting to it as a substitute for other types of meat in their weekly meals. At about $3.49, per pound Spam doesn't seem like it's that much cheaper than buying meat on sale and freezing it.

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idawson idawson 9 years
ick dont even know what SPAM tastes like
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Can't say that I could've avoided this stuff being that I live in Minnesota. Not a fan by any means. My response to the high food prices was to invest in Mark Bittman's "How To Cook Everything Vegetarian" cookbook. That, and local farmer's markets.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I grew up eating it - but now it just doesn't seem like a good deal
emalove emalove 9 years
Never had spam, never plan on it either.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
Spam musubi. Yum.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Never had Spam and would cut corners in every other way possible before I had to eat it! Yucky!
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I've only had Spam three times: twice when I had Spam Musubi and once in Hawaii. I think I will leave the number of times I've had it low.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
i've never had it, and never would, but i found it so weird when i went to hawaii that every breakfast served in a restaurant comes with's more common than bacon, ham, sausage etc.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
I've gone mostly veggie now, to save money. I was never big on eating huge things of meat, anyway.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Ew. I don't know why someone would force themselves to eat that junk...ick. but i do LOVE Ramen Noodles! haha
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
We use to eat SPAM when I was a kid ( it use to be cheap). We fried it for breakfast with eggs, made sandwiches during the day - ohh how I hate it now. I can believe people would stock up even if its expensive, one can will last a few days if you have other things to supplement like bread, eggs, salad fixings (I did a marketing project on SPAM and the recipes and people who actually buy it is endless).
jessie jessie 9 years
i grew up on spam and hash..ewwww...i'd rather eat pb&j for months on end now.....we just cut back on meat and eat simple foods, and generic.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Yum! I love hummus. Good call, chimeric.
ChimericGirl ChimericGirl 9 years
One of the best ways to save on food is to reduce the amount of meat you eat. Tons of Mexican, Middle Eastern and Asian recipes use non-meat forms of protein. Instead of buying some cans of Spam, get cans of garbonzo beans instead. Hummus is tasty, nutritious, easy to prepare and cheap!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Ramen has gone up. I remember just a few years ago when I was in college it was 8-10 cents, now it's 16 cents each. That's outrageous!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
For real, Cat! I would eat tuna every day, but never Spam! It's so gross with that clear, viscous jelly in there! But I'm sure there's a satisfying plop when the "meat" slides out of the can.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Spam is expensive! There are delicious recipes out there that use Spam ... but it's definitely not good for you. I think the price of ramen has gone up too. Ahhhh ... the college staple!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I can understand the Ramen, but Spam? friggin tuna costs 58 cents a can, and is alot better for you!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I hate spam. :SICK: When I was younger my mom would put it in everything with scrabled eggs to rice.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Gross. Though I am eating out less, and buying more Pasta Roni...
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