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Premium (High-End) Pork

Nowadays, chefs and consumers pay top dollar for specialty pork breeds. But are those pedigreed labels a true indication of quality—or just a premium price tag?

What We Learned

After years of advertising pork as “the other white meat,” pork producers have started to change their tune. Nowadays, fat, flavor, and even deeper color are making a comeback, with chefs and consumers paying top dollar for specialty breeds touted as being fattier, juicier, and far more flavorful. But we were skeptical: Are those pedigreed labels like Berkshire (known as Kurobuta in...