The British banger (sausage) is under threat as farmers struggle with the rising costs of pig feed. Wheat, the main ingredient in the feed has increased in cost from £70 a ton to as much as £200 a ton in some areas. Supermarkets have been warned that unless they are prepared to pay farmers more for pork supplies, they will face shortages of British home produced pork, bacon and sausages.
If the supermarkets do accept the price increases then they will have to pass these onto the consumers who can expect to pay more for pork products. Farmers believe that shoppers will accept increased prices but supermarkets believe that demand for the products will drop. Bangers and mash is a popular British institution. However many British sausages contain a very low pork content, I personally believe it is hard to justify high price increases. Some German sausages which are sold in supermarkets here have a higher pork content, taste much better and are much better value for money. Another alternative is vegetarian sausages which also taste good, especially the Linda McCartney ones. Maybe now is a good time to think about trying them.