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Love Bacon? Win a Year of It!

Is your motto, “Everything’s better with bacon”? Are you on the lookout for an incredible deal on enough bacon to make the mouth-watering sandwiches, salads, burgers and breakfasts you crave? Read on to find out how to enter to win a Year of Bacon! In the current issue of The Whole Deal value guide, we share $49+ in coupons, Sure Deals, 10 budget-friendly recipes and money-saving tips and we also get to the meat of the matter – bacon. It’s sizzling hot these days. So what makes ours better? Made with high-quality pork raised and processed to our strict Quality Standards for Meat, it’s the wonderful, flavorful bacon you want without having to break your piggy bank. Compare to see what you really get for your money.

Let’s start by checking out the ingredients:

365 Everyday Value® Uncured Center Cut Smokehouse Bacon ingredients: Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Evaporated Cane Sugar

Major national brand uncured bacon ingredients: Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Evaporated Cane Syrup, Cultured Celery Juice

Now let’s take a closer look because there’s more to bacon than meets the eye (or the frying pan). Our bacon has standards beyond flavor and sizzlability.

No antibiotics and no added hormones What about how the animals were raised for the bacon you are buying? We believe in great-tasting meat from healthy animals. While federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork, our standards don’t allow them in any meat production and they also say “no antibiotics, ever.”

No animal byproducts When animals are fed animal byproducts in their feed, their health can be put in jeopardy. When an animal is unhealthy, the meat from it can be affected, so our standards prohibit animal byproducts in the animal's feed. There’s no similar claim by that major national brand.

No gestation or farrowing crates Animal welfare scientists have proven that sows in crates and stalls, commonly used on many pig farms, show abnormal repetitive behaviors, can go into a state of learned helplessness and are prone to leg problems due to inactivity. Not surprisingly, pigs are in hog heaven in an environment that promotes natural behaviors like moving around and stretching their legs. There’s no need to rattle any cages around here; we prohibit the use of crates and cages by all of our pork suppliers.

Bedding required in housing Rather than spending their lives on barren, slatted flooring as is customary practice, all our pork suppliers are required to provide their pigs with good quality bedding, which helps keep them warm and comfortable. While our producers’ pigs rest easy, are the pigs behind the other brand’s bacon losing sleep? When you put quality standards at the center of the plate, 365 Everyday Value® Uncured Center Cut Smokehouse Bacon smokes the competition. If you’re asking what’s the deal about uncured bacon: Under federal labeling laws, processed meat products such as bacon, hot dogs and lunchmeats that don't utilize synthetic nitrates or nitrites must be marked “Uncured–No Nitrates or Nitrites added.” Instead, uncured bacon often contains naturally occurring nitrates from sea salt and vegetable powders or juices. Our standards prohibit synthetic nitrates and nitrites in all products throughout our stores.

Win A Year of Bacon! To celebrate our sizzling hot bacon, we’re holding an online contest on Facebook to find the next big bacon idea. Bacon chocolates, cocktails and salt have been hits. What’s next? Share your idea and be entered to win a Year of Bacon. (Yes, a Year of Bacon!) Enter and vote for your favorites in the Bacon Smackdown going on between now and July 31 at facebook.com/wholefoodsmeat. The grand prize winner chosen by Whole Foods Market receives a Year of Bacon, and the top 10 ideas as “liked” by the Facebook community receive $50 Whole Foods Market gift cards. Winners will be announced August 10, 2012. We expect the competition to be smokin’ hot, so good luck to all! Make sure you enter the contest on the Whole Foods Market Meat Facebook page, not in the comments below. But if you want to tell us why you’re hot for bacon, we’d love to hear about it.

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Robert Launay says …

Quiche Lorraine!

Nora McClymer says …

A special salad that calls for bacon, ham, peas, swiss cheese, sour cream... so delicious & a family favorite!

Bethy says …

I'd love to enter the contest (located on Facebook), but you have to allow that app. to access all your information to do so. Pooperdoopers. **sigh**

april vogel says …

I love 365 Brand!! Way to go Whole Foods, I'm ready for bacon..

Maia B. says …

Bacon Martinis! I am a huge fan of Bacon, so trying these was on the list...DEELICIOUS!

Ryan D. says …

8. Clams casino topped with bacon. 9. Bacon Fudge bar 10.Deep fried Zucchini wrapped in bacon

"trending" says …

Why require facebook to enter this flippin' contest?! Facebook has been accused by many users for privacy violations!

Jack says …

Good old fashioned BLT. Pila as much bacon on white bread with mayo, home grown tomato and lettuce

Zuleika says …

BLT sandwiches...yummy!

Mark Carlson says …

4Cheese and Bacon Soup, Bison and Bacon Burgers, Bacon and Eggs

naturalfoodie says …

Bacon wrapped sausages or hotdogs cooked on the grill. Yum! Of course, wrap anything with bacon and put it on the grill and it will be delicious!

Brenda says …

I love it fried very crisp and then crummbled on a big bowl of dark chocolate ice cream.

ErikaM says …

Diced w/ green beans!

Cj says …

I don't use Facebook nor do I want to. Whole Foods, please open this to non-Facebook users.

SHARI L. says …

LOVE BACON ON EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANT GET ENOUGH OF IT. ON GLUTENFREE BREAD/CRACKERS, IN SPREADS AND DIPS, WITH PEANUT BUTTER/SOYBUTTER, EGGS, PANCAKES/WAFFLES, SEAFOOD, PLAIN ON A PLATE, IN SALADS/DRESSINGS, MARINADES AND THE LIST GOES ON.

Ryan D. says …

5. French toast (or a flat muffin) with icing topped with bacon. 6 Bacon wrapped asparagus. 7.Stuffed peppers with bacon.

Sparki Beltran says …

Wrap shrimp with bacon and put on a scewer and bbq it on a grill over medium to medium high heat...dip into your favorite dipping sauce.

Cj says …

Everything is better with bacon. I make a great potato soup that everybody loves. When I put the soupin the bowl, I crumble a lot of bacon and cheese on top. Bacon is great with a tomato sandwich.

Gary Lucas says …

My favorite is Bacon wrapped around a Jalapeno stuff with cream cheese and baked until crispy!

Cheryl Warnke says …

Par cook bacon. Wrap around scallop and skewer 3 or 4 together. Throw on grill. YUM!!!

Thomas Leonard says …

Bacon in the morning , bacon in the evening and bacon at supper time !!! Yeah man love it

rob says …

Come thanksgiving and xmas I'll have hopefully perfected the bacon eggnog!!

Kathleen says …

Besides the obvious bacon cheeseburger, bacon chocolate bars are the best...the perfect salty sweet combo!

John Relles says …

To Bacon with Love!

leslie barretta says …

this little went to the WHOLE FOODS MARKET and made it home as BACON. YUM!!

Ryan D. says …

4. Baked beans flavored with the burnt end of brisket, and the flavor of smokey bacon.

Leslie Hartman says …

Bacon pieces crumbled on maple-glazed donut. Sounds crazy, but it is amazing!

Shirley Hung says …

Bacon bits in bacon-fat snickerdoodles with maple syrup.

Roz says …

Bacon wrapped around sweet plantains

paul laufer says …

Chocolate covered bacon is the best. The sweet salty taste can't be beat!!!!

Ryan D. says …

1. A weave of bacon (thats bacon layered into a weave pattern then baked, wrapped around meats, vegetables, cheese, pizza, or even more bacon! Or a smaller weave can be a topping on a buffalo burger with blue cheese. 2. Bacon,spinach,and egg quiche. 3. Classic egg salad, with lots of bacon.

Tony says …

Ricotta and cream cheese stuffed Jalapenos wrapped with bacon.

Tina says …

just a little crumbled Bacon with sauteed brussels sprouts!

SHARIACON WRAPPED SHRIMP/SCALLOPS, says …

I LOVE BACON!!!!!!!!BACON AND EGGS/EGG WHITES, GLUTEN FREE GRILLED CHEESE AND BACON, BACON AND CHEDDAR SPREAD ON RICE CRACKERS, BACON AND CREAM CHEESE OR GOAT CHEESE SPREAD,BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP AND SCALLOPS,BACON AND PEANUTBUTTER/SOYBUTTER GLUTEN FREE SANDWICH. BACON IN AND ON EVERYTHING. FORGOT SALADS AND DRESSINGS.

Sharon Beasley says …

Just the other night I hollowed out some fresh jalapenos and stuffed them with laughing coe cheese wedges and wrapped them with turkey bacon...first i grilled them and when the bacon was crispy i put them in the oven and roasted then for about 15 minutes.....OMG

sharon says …

NOT FAIR! Not every bacon lover in the world wants to be a part of stupid FaceBook...telling everyone ALL of their bacon-loving business. i can eat a whole pack of bacon in a Sunday aftenoon without the slightest bit of guilt...I buy WF's peppered uncured bacon ALL OF THE TIME! I should have other options for entry...Screw FB!

rob says …

Hopefully by Thanksgiving and Xmas I'll have perfected the bacon eggnog!!

carmen says …

What isn't bacon good on. Heck its a meal by itself in my house. We grill tons and good bacon is awesome to grill for tons of things. And it seasons your grill like da bomb! We make it an appetizer typically. Lol

Terri Dawson says …

Abi's Cini Mini Bacon Balls. Ingredients: A package of Cinnamon Rolls and some crispy pre-cooked bacon. Tools: A plug in cake pop maker Roll Cinnamon rolls flat and cut into strips. Wrap a strip around a small piece of bacon and put in the cake pop maker. Once the balls are done place in a bowl and drizzle with cinnamon roll glaze. Continue until all rolls and bacon pieces are used. YUM!!!

Kelly says …

Bacon infused whipped cream.

Kristen says …

Potato chips cooked or drizzled with bacon fat!

Darlene says …

Bacon on donuts.

Vicki Williams says …

Bacon,Avocado,Tomato and Lettuce is the way to go. It is tastey all the time:)

Natalie says …

Bacon wrapped shrimp.

Ronda says …

Bacon Pimento Cheese on pita bread bites

Liz says …

Bacon and potato soup!

Lynn says …

Shrimp wrapped in bacon and covered with barbecue sauce then baked.

Anya says …

Bacon wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates

Martha Hayton says …

Bacon and peanut butter is the greatest!!!!

Matt says …

Maple bourbon bacon pickles

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