WING-ONOMIC CRISES: Chicken Wing Supply Drops, Prices Fly for Super Bowl

Beer: check.  Pizza: check. Chicken wings: Not so much.

As you get ready for Super Bowl Sunday, you might want to consider something other than your usual food items. That’s because one of the football favorites is currently in short supply.

Production of chicken wings is 1% lower this year, resulting in 12.3 million fewer of those finger lickin’ good wings.

If you think that’s bad, the next bit of news will really ruffle your feathers: The shorter supply also means a hike in prices. The record high price will soar at $2.11 per pound, which is 26 cents more than last year.


So why the drop in production? High-priced feed caused by drought, as well as other factors, led to fewer chickens to work with, The National Chicken Council says.

But worry not fellow Americans. Rest assured that we will still have over a billion wings to bring into our coops over Super Bowl Weekend. “To put that into perspective, if 1.23 billion wing segments were laid end to end, they would stretch from Candlestick Park in San Francisco to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore . . . 27 times” the council explained.

So no need to get saucy—although you’ll have to shell out a few extra bucks, at least you’ll still be able to satisfy all of your chicken wing cravings come February 3.

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