Regardless of who you root for during the regular season, the Super Bowl is still a spectacle unto itself, rife with its own traditions and character.
The big game is this Sunday night, and Americans from coast to coast will be gathering with friends and loved ones to tune in. Some are in it for the game, others for the commercials. The controversial halftime show is sure to pull in a few viewers, as well as the potential for disaster as rumor of a “Freedom Trucker” convoy complication swirl.
And, of course, there’s the food, a staple of which is now feeling a great deal of pressure from Joe Biden’s runaway inflation problem.
The National Chicken Council has projected that wing consumption will be in line with last year’s numbers at around 1.42 billion on game day, and while the organization doesn’t anticipate folks will have trouble finding wings at stores and restaurants like they have at times since COVID-19 first hit – they say consumers should be prepared to pony up more out of pocket.
“There will be no wing shortage,” NCC spokesperson Tom Super said in a statement. “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.”
The reports detailed some stunning math.
Compared to this time last year, the retail cost of wings is up an average of $0.30 per pound despite inventory for the coveted Super Bowl fare being up 70% from last year.Advertisement - story continues below
Recent USDA data shows the average price for wings being advertised as “on sale” by grocers was at just under $3 per pound. Meanwhile, an eight-piece order of wings has increased by nearly $3 on average at restaurants from this time in 2021.
One can only imagine what sort of cost would be involved in procuring wings if the Buffalo Bills had made it to the Super Bowl.