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Popularity clips wing supply from chicken suppliers

March 02, 2010 By: admin Category: Food News

OK. We’ll be the first to admit it – the crew at News to Chew has been bereft at our duty of poking a fork into food news of late. But we’re back, and we’re recharged and ready to point out the weirdness that is food.

Anyway, aside from bacon, chicken wings are one of our favorite foods. Ever. Buffalo wings, hot wings – it’s the perfect bar food, chomping down, primal gnawing at the bone: Nom, nom, nom, nom. And we’ve noticed over the years that chicken wings are offered up everywhere. Hell, 7-Eleven serves ‘m up.

Mmmmm…Nom, nom, nom, nom

Now, supposedly there’s a chicken wing shortage going on when the crisis hit the news last fall. But apparently, it’s ongoing because USA Today ran yet another chicken wing shortage story, saying the once lowly throwaway body part is in such demand that prices have skyrocketed.

Apparently, we are over our breast obsession – we have become insatiable over wings.

The primary factor driving up wing prices is the growing number of restaurants, including many national chains, that are adding wings to their offerings, says Richard Lobb, spokesman for the Washington-based chicken industry trade group the National Chicken Council.

According to the Agriculture Department, the average wholesale price of wings in 2009 was $1.47 a pound, up 39% from 2008 and the highest it has been, adjusted for inflation, since the mid-1970s.

So, what’s the alternative? A four-winged chicken? Cool as that might be, some people would be creeped out by such a mutant.

Boneless Buffalo wings? Shame on trying to co-op the name. It’s wings or nothing for us, and yeah, we’re willing to pay the higher prices – but not in a foodie kind of way. It’s a small price to pay for keeping in touch with our primal instincts. Grrrr….nom, nom, nom. That’s why.

Who knows? Maybe one day the breast will be the throwaway part of the chicken. And then we’ll become breast obsessed again. Mmmm…nom, nom, nom….

Just some news to gnaw, er, chew on.