The sky is not falling. There is not an impending chicken wing shortage, the American Chicken Council said, and wing-eating football fans will not have to worry about having enough chicken wings.
"The good news for consumers is that restaurants plan well in advance to ensure they have plenty of wings for the big game," a source for the trade association said.
Scattered news sources have conveyed the exact opposite message. Because it's funnier, I suppose. The feather-ruffling in news accounts of the supposed wing shortage recalls last year's uproar about a worldwide bacon shortage, which arose from a similar press release issued by Britain's National Pig Assocation. ('Aporkalypse' Not? The 'unavoidable' world bacon shortage)
But news sources apparently pounced on the follow up statement from Bill Roenigk, chief economist and market analyst at the Washington-based chicken group. "If you're planning to cook your own wings, I wouldn't advise being in line at the supermarket two hours before kickoff."
Americans will eat 1.2 billion chicken wing "portions" during the upcoming Super Bowl weekend, according to the council's 2013 "Wing Report."
"To put that in perspective," the news release states," if 1.23 billion wing segments were laid end to end, they would stretch from Candlestick Park in San Franciso to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore ... 27 times."
Wholesale prices of wings are expected to climb as demand rises and supplies shrink, the chicken counciil states. "Wing prices always go up in the fourth quarter as restaurants stock up the for the Super Bowl," the press release said.