On the other hand, maybe it is time to panic. Super Bowl XLVll is just over a week away, and The National Chicken Council is saying that we could be on the verge of a chicken wing shortage. The group has released a report suggesting that the demand for wings is "at an all-time high" because of a decline in production due to the high cost of feed and corn.
Wings just so happen to be the most expensive part of the chicken, currently costing $2.11 per pound in the Northeast—a 12 percent increase over last year. As a result, the organization figures there will only be 1.23 billion wings devoured during Super Bowl weekend, which is about 12.3 million less than 2012.
Bill Roenigk, the chief economist and market analyst for the council, broke the impending fiasco down via press release:
“Chicken companies produced about 1 percent fewer birds last year, due in large part to record high corn and feed prices,” Bill Roenigk, chief economist and market analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based National Chicken Council said in a release. “Corn makes up more than two-thirds of chicken feed and corn prices hit an all-time high in 2012, due to two reasons: last summer’s drought and pressure from a federal government requirement that mandates 40 percent of our corn crop be turned into fuel in the form of ethanol. Simply put, less corn equals higher feed costs, which means fewer birds produced.”
This could get quite ugly. Aside from Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is apparently the biggest eating day of the year. Chicken wings, of course, are the meal of choice. According to The National Chicken Council, if those billion wings were lined up end-to-end, they would extend from Candlestick Park in San Francisco to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore 27 times over.
It's not a game. What does this mean for the Wing Bowl?
[via Fox News]