As viewers gather around the television to see the big game and the highly-anticipated halftime show, snacks, treats and drinks will be plentiful. In Philadelphia, there may be a few cheesesteaks ready to go. Further west, there may be a BBQ spread set up in a few homes around Kansas City, Missouri. However, one item may tie both cities together on this divisive sports Sunday — chicken wings.
Ahead of the big game, the National Chicken Council has unveiled its annual Chicken Wing Report. The food industry organization is under the belief that Americans will consume a record-breaking 1.45 billion chicken wings, a 2% increase from 2022.
“The two main reasons are more favorable prices and more people getting back to normal and gathering for the Big Game, whether at home or at a bar/restaurant,” National Chicken Council Spokesperson Tom Super said.
“While Americans are seeing inflation impact almost every part of their lives, both wholesale and retail wing prices are down double digits from a year ago, according to USDA, and consumers are seeing a lot more features and promotions.”
To put it into perspective, 1.45 billion wings laid end to end would stretch from Kansas City to Philadelphia more than 60 times. Also, 1.45 billion wings are enough to give every person in the U.S. four wings.
The nationwide chicken wing feast will kick off at 6:30 p.m. EST on February 12 at State Farm Stadium.