January 25, 2019
Industry boost: Record-breaking 1.38 billion chicken wings for Super Bowl
The Super Bowl has always been a big boost to the US chicken industry, but this year's Big Game on Feb. 3 is seen to topple records as Americans, in the words of the National Chicken Council (NCC), will be "winging it" for that favorite sports event.
The NCC released Wednesday, Jan. 23, its annual Chicken Wing Report, which projects that Americans' consumption of the unofficial gameday menu staple - the chicken wing - will hit an all-time high at 1.38 billion wings during the Super Bowl LIII weekend, as the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots battle for the Lombardi Trophy.
The NCC report said the 1.38 billion chicken wings that are expected to be gobbled up by the Super Bowl spectators are 2% or about 27 million wings higher than last year.
The number measures up to four chicken wings for every man, woman and child in the United States and is enough to circle the Earth three times, the report said.
The NCC, meanwhile, petitioned President Donald Trump and Congress to declare the Monday after the Super Bowl "National Chicken Wing Appreciation Day", a federal holiday.
"Whether you're a fan of the left wing or the right wing, there's no debate - or controversial missed calls - about America's favorite Super Bowl food", said NCC spokesperson Tom Super.
According to the NCC, the vast majority of wings, especially those destined for restaurants, are disjointed, with the third joint (the thin part known as the wing tip or flapper) being exported to Asian countries and the meatier first and second joints being sold domestically.