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Super Bowl Fans' Feathers Ruffled Over Buffalo Wing Shortage

Super Bowl Fans' Feathers Ruffled Over Buffalo Wing Shortage

Super Bowl XLIII is less than a week away, but this year, lovers of the chicken wing — game day's unofficial snack — will be enjoying their poultry on a wing and a prayer. Since few Super Bowl parties are without chicken wings, consumer demand, as it generally is during football season, is sky-high. Unfortunately, the supply for chicken wings is way down. Major wing supplier Pilgrim's Pride of Pittsburgh, TX, recently filed Chapter 11 company reorganization. As a result, the price of wings is soaring nationwide, and in some cases, up to 30 percent in the past three months.

Consumers, restaurants, and distributors are handling the crisis in different ways. Some are setting aside vast quantities of wings for the big game. Other restaurants, feeling the pinch, have doubled the prices of wings on their menu.

In turn, customers, like the wing lovers of Buffalo, NY, the birthplace of the spicy chicken wing, are so fed up with astronomical prices that they've called for a wing boycott. This year I'll be serving buffalo chicken fingers or buffalo chicken cheese dip instead of wings.

Have you noticed an increase in price? Would you be willing to pay more simply to have chicken wings at your Super Bowl celebration?


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Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I like them, but I don't think boycotting it is the answer. Prices go up when the supply is low. It's a fact. It's always been a fact and it will always be a fact. Facts aside, that picture makes me hungry.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ick, for me.
pioneers pioneers 8 years
I haven't noticed a single person who is trying to boycott wings in Buffalo. From one of the most obese cities in the world, Buffalonians need more than just increasing prices to keep them away from a deep fried, butter-lathered, spicy food. It takes a LOT more than that.
mellie_608 mellie_608 8 years
I'm not cryin' over the shortage! There are so many other great things to make for Superbowl than boring old hot wings!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I wasn't going to make them, but it sucks that I'll have to pay more to buy 'em this year.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
huh - i never thought about this one. luckily for me, pizza and chips are our SuperBowl menu so we won't have to worry about chicken wings...
kaks11 kaks11 8 years
My boyfriend is a huge HUGE fan of wings. If he wasn't working during the SuperBowl (bummer) this year I would probably make them. But I guess I lucked out!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't think I ever really make wings, so this really doesn't affect me a whole lot. Kind of sucks if you LOVE wings though.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm not crying over the shortage of buffalo wings.
emalove emalove 8 years
I don't usually eat buffalo wings, but my husband really, really, REALLY loves them!
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