The National Chicken Council (NCC) reported that the wholesale price of chicken wings is higher than the traditionally more expensive boneless, skinless breast. Recent prices in northeastern U.S. markets show chicken wings 35 cents per pound higher than boneless, skinless breast meat.
The price spread is unprecedented and attributed to the popularity of Buffalo chicken wings. Growing market outlets account for 9.5 billion wings expected to sell in 2009. Another 3.5 billion wings will be sold in retail grocery stores.
Another factor for the upward demand on wings is the upcoming National Football League’s Super Bowl in early February. This event traditionally pushes wing prices higher in the fourth quarter of the year.