Chicken wing shortage ahead of Super Bowl

Jan. 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A poultry producer's reorganization has contributed to a chicken wing crisis ahead of Super Bowl XLIII, suppliers in chicken wing capital Buffalo, N.Y., say.

The Dec. 1 Chapter 11 reorganization filing of Pilgrim's Pride Corp. of Pittsburgh, Texas, has reduced the nation's wing supply, Buffalo suppliers say.

Add to this the fact that national wing demand this time of year far exceeds that of other times, like chocolates around Valentine's Day.

The combination has made prices soar, suppliers say.

"Forty pounds (of wings) would be like $85," Sam Musolino, owner of Sammy's Pizzeria in nearby Niagara Falls, N.Y., tells WIVB-TV, Buffalo.

He used to pay only half that amount, he says.

Musolino says he is so fed up with how much he's paying for wings that he's calling on other suppliers to boycott them Monday.

"Pass it on to everybody (so) that ... nobody could serve chicken wings for that day," he says.

No word on how big the boycott will be.

Buffalo's La Nova Pizzeria sells wings to shops around the world, WIVB says. But even with that much business, it still feels the pain of higher prices.

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