Ahead of Super Bowl, Chicken Wing Prices Have Flown to Record Highs

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Super Bowl Chicken WingsThis is arguably the worst weekend of the season for football fans: It's the dead zone between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, with the only girdiron action coming in the form of the perennially underwhelming Pro Bowl. And now there's even worse news for football fans: Chicken wing prices are on the rise.

As it does every year, the National Chicken Council -- which, despite its name, is made up entirely of humans -- released its projections for chicken-wing consumption on Super Bowl weekend. Americans are projected to consume 1.23 billion chicken wings that weekend, down slightly from last year's Super Bowl total but still nearly four wings for every man, woman and child in the country.

But the real story isn't that all those chicken wings would stretch back and forth from Baltimore to San Francisco 27 times, as the Chicken Council excitedly reports. Rather, it's that the appetizer is more expensive than it's ever been. According to the Department of Agriculture, wholesale wings currently cost $2.11 per pound, up 26 cents from last year.

"The wholesale price of wings will be the most expensive ever during Super Bowl XLVII as demand rises and the supply has shrunk," explains the Council in its statement. "Wings are also currently the highest priced part of the chicken."

So why are chicken wings getting so pricey? Blame the weather. Last summer's drought devastated corn crops, which in turn made it more expensive to feed livestock. (Corn makes up two-thirds of chicken feed.) The Council adds that we can expect prices to stay high even beyond the peak wing-demand season of the NFL playoffs.

Higher feed prices are also expected to impact pork and beef prices later in the year, so Buffalo wings are unlikely to lose their crown to a competing meat-based appetizer. But for now, your local restaurant might have trouble sustaining 25¢ wing night.



Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.

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marine1942

This is a false article as Obama says everything is great and there is no inflation. ( None if you don't eat or drive ).

January 29 2013 at 9:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ED

Don't buy them, then see how cheap they get.

January 28 2013 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frankie

I just purchased 10 lbs. of chicken wings for 99 cents per pound. Where are you getting this news?

January 28 2013 at 5:58 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
fomoyearsocrapleft

BOYCOTT THE SUPER BOWL N THE PRICE OF ALL THINGS ,NOT JUST CHICKEN WINGS ,WILL COME DOWN . !

January 28 2013 at 3:58 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
harolddundee

Don`t be dumb enough to buy them. Its just that simple.

January 27 2013 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
darinw40@mail.com

this is why you order Pizza and tell the Chicken gougers to kiss your arse...lol lol

January 27 2013 at 8:20 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dougm90248

Well, as time passes I feel more and more vindicated. I told some people in 1977 (I was 28 then) that I wasn't interested in football and they said I must be from outer space! Well, I wonder how they feel now, with the cost of everything connected in any way to football going up, like buffalo wings, while the NFL stars and clubowners are rolling in dough. I think THEY should be sent into outer space!

January 27 2013 at 7:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
mustangbas

Anything to gouge the public one more time ! Chicken wings pricey--but the rest of the chicken stays the same price (and even on pretty good sale the past few weeks). And not in short supply. So are we raising chickens without wings now? What a sad commentary on the way we live that consumers will put up with this kind of lie.

January 27 2013 at 5:56 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
nappa243

So let me get this straight,there is a shortage of chicken wings but someone forgot to tell us if there is a shortage of chicken wings shouldnt there be a shortage of chickens also am i missing something here.

January 27 2013 at 5:33 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Sparky5229

Big deal have some thing else or will you die with out your wings ?

January 27 2013 at 3:42 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply