Americans to munch on 1.35 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl weekend

January 26, 2018

American sports fans will be watching the LII Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots on February 4 with “a wing and a prayer.” Indeed, the National Chicken Council released its annual Chicken Wing Report on January 25—projecting that fans will eat 1.35 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend, an all-time high. That figure is up 1.5%, or 20 million wings, from 2017.

To visualize just 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, Massachusetts—almost 250 times.
  • That is enough wings to put 625 wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums.
  • 1.35 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.

“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.”

And how do Americans like their wings? More than half (59%) of U.S. adults who eat chicken wings say they typically like to eat their wings with ranch dressing, according to a new National Chicken Council poll conducted online by Harris Poll. Ranch is once again the number-one side or sauce, the poultry organization said. Only 33% like to eat their wings with blue cheese dressing.

Research contact: tsuper@chickenusa.org

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