The amount of chicken wings Americans will be eating over the course of the upcoming Super Bowl weekend is expected to be huge.
A total of 1.45 billion wings will be eaten on the occasion, the National Chicken Council predicted on Wednesday. The trade association called this year’s forecast volume “record-breaking”.
That’s also a 2% increase from last year, according to the National Chicken Council. Last year, viewers of Super Bowl LVI were expected to consume 1.42 billion.
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“The two main reasons are cheaper prices and more people getting back to normal and gathering for the big game, whether that’s at home or at a bar/restaurant,” Tom Super, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council, said in a statement. “As Americans see inflation impact almost every part of their lives, according to the USDA, both wholesale and retail prices have fallen by double digits year-over-year, and consumers are seeing many more features and promotions.”
FOX Business recently cited a report by economists at Wells Fargo that found wings are down 22% since January 2022. The report, which also included information on the costs of other popular Super Bowl foods, used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Indexes, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service and Federal Reserve Economic Data.
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The Super Bowl is a little over a week away and scheduled for February 12th. The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs will play each other for the title at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
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The Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers to make it into the championship game while the Chiefs led the Cincinnati Bengals to do so.
Daniella Genovese contributed to this report.