Dan Charles eyes the Super Bowl snack table:
According to the 2013 Wing Report, Americans will eat 1.23 billion wings [this] weekend. … In an odd twist, the once-cheap wing has become the most desirable and expensive part of the chicken. Per pound, chicken wings are now pricier than bone-in chicken breasts, perhaps inspiring this epic wing heist.
Bill Roenigk, the National Chicken Council’s chief economist, breaks it down by region:
When you look at all chicken consumption, the Mid-Atlantic states are about 5 to 6 percent above average. The West Coast is just 1 to 2 percent above average. Cowboy country—Wyoming, Montana, cattle country—is the softest consumption area. Super Bowl weekend is nearly 5 percent of annual consumption.