Millions of Americans will be sleeping easier knowing that there will not be a chicken wing shortage this coming Super Bowl weekend when Americans will consume 1.35 billion. For those keeping track, this is an all-time high and up from last year’s 1.33 billion.

The National Chicken Council today released its annual Chicken Wing Report, which  projects  Americans’ consumption of the unofficial menu staple of Super Bowl Sunday – the chicken wing. NCC’s 2018 report projects that fans will eat 1.35 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend, an all-time high, as the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots battle for the Lombardi Trophy. That figure is up 1.5%, or 20 million wings, from 2017.

“There will be no wing shortage,” said National Chicken Council spokesperson Tom Super. “Whether you’re a fan of the left wing or the right wing, there’s no debate about America’s favorite Super Bowl food. Although we do anticipate an uptick in chicken cheesesteaks.”

To visualize how many wings that is…

  • If 1.35 billion wings were laid end to end along Interstate 95, they would stretch from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. almost 250 times.
  • That is enough wings to put 625 wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums.
  • 35 billion wings is enough to circle the Earth three times.
  • That’s 394 million feet of chicken wings – enough that a chicken could cross the road 13 million times.
  • Americans will eat 20 million more wings this year. If wings were dollars, that would only buy us 2 minutes of commercials during the big game.

Nearly 60% of Americans like their chicken wings with ranch-style dressing and 60% percent of eaters prefer traditional bone-in wings.

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