Super Bowl XLVII: The coming chicken wing crisis
posted at 11:52 am on January 25, 2013 by Katie Pavlich
Do you love juicy, spicy, All-American chicken wings with your football? Do you entertain guests with offerings of both buffalo sauced and sweet barbeque dunked wings? What about on the biggest football day of the year known as the Super Bowl? There is a chicken wing shortage just ahead of the big game…panic?
Due to the high cost of corn and feed prices, chicken companies produced 1 percent fewer birds than last year, meaning we have a chicken wing shortage on our hands this year. Huffington Post reported that the supermarket cost of a pound of chicken rose in cost by over $1.97 from last year’s price. So that chicken you bought last year at $0.55/per pound is now going to cost you a whopping $2.52/per pound.
“Chicken companies produced about 1 percent fewer birds last year, due in large part to record high corn and feed prices,” Said Bill Roenigk, chief economist and market analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based National Chicken Council. “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.”
Experts say no matter where you get your chicken, there is still a shortage, which means if you head out last-minute to get your wings, you may be stuck wing-less.
No chicken wings for the Super Bowl? Come on! I’m blaming this all on ethanol production. I’m sure Erika Johnson would agree.