Rumor: There will be a chicken wing shortage during the Super Bowl

Record-high corn and feed prices have resulted in fewer chicken parts being produced

 

CONFIRMED: Football fans will gorge on 1 percent less of snack during Super Bowl weekend

The National Chicken Council released a report estimating that more than 1.23 billion segments will be consumed during Super Bowl XLVII weekend, 12.3 million fewer than last year, Business News Daily, Fox News and other news outlets reported. Chew on this for a second: The National Chicken Council said if 1.23 billion wing segments were laid end to end, "they would stretch from Candlestick Park in San Francisco to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore … 27 times."

Bill Roenigk, chief economist and market analyst at the National Chicken Council, said the shortage of chicken parts can be blamed on last summer's drought and the federal government's requirement that 40 percent of the nation's corn crop be turned into ethanol.

Wings currently are the highest-priced portion of the chicken: During the week of Jan. 4-10, the average cost of one pound of frozen chicken wings at retail supermarkets was $2.52, up from $1.97 during the same time last year, the Huffington Post reported. The wholesale price of wings will be the most expensive ever during Super Bowl weekend, according to the National Chicken Council.

(Click here for a comprehensive look at our love affair with chicken wings.)

Less bacon, too?

In September 2012, the National Pig Association in the United Kingdom warned that a "world shortage of pork and bacon (in 2013)" was inevitable, also due to last summer's drought and elevated costs for feed. (Read more about the potential shortage here.)

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