Americans love chicken wings and that is no more apparent than during the Super Bowl. The NFL’s big game – set to take place Sunday, February 13 between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams – will see Americans consume a 1.42 billion chicken wings during the game, according to the National Chicken Council.
“There will be no wing shortage. Like almost anything else you buy right now, wings might be a little more expensive, but they’ll be stocked. I just wouldn’t wait until kickoff to be in line or order online,” says NCC spokesperson Tom Super.
“Demand for chicken wings has been through the roof since the beginning of the pandemic. A shift from sit-down restaurants to takeout and quick service has boosted chicken wing consumption. Restaurants like wing joints and pizza places were built around takeout and delivery, and as long as people are sitting around watching TV and maybe drinking a beer, wings will remain in the game.”
According to the NCC, 1.42 billion wings laid end to end would be enough to circle the circumference of the Earth 3 times.
Bengals and Rams fans have rallied around the chicken wing during their teams’ playoff runs. Wing sales in Cincinnati have seen a 27.6 percent growth during the NFL playoffs and Los Angeles a 37.3 percent increase compared to the same period last year.