Rochester, N.Y. – Chicken wings are the staple of a Super Bowl party, as well as for Bob Meyers, who is buying them for next weekend despite the rising price.
“Chicken wings are our favorite thing to have every year,” said Meyers. “It goes so good with pizza. It goes good with everything, so we're having a lot of wings this year.”
Meyers isn't alone. Despite higher prices, people aren't giving up their wings.
“People want wings, that's plain and simple,” said Cindy DeCarlo, owner of Skips On The Ridge meat market.
According to the National Chicken Council, prices are up 14% from last year at $2.11 per pound. But that’s not going to keep people from consuming a projected 1.23 billion wings Super Bowl weekend. That's down about 1% from last year.
At Wings Over Rochester on West Henrietta Road, Super Bowl weekend brings their biggest sales. And while prices of those wings have gone up, they've been able to keep them down.
“We're at a pretty steady pace right now keeping everything maintained as far as prices,” said co-owner Ray Quorn Hernandez. “Years ago, they threw wings out,” said Lee Selover, owner of Windjammers on Lake Avenue. “It's kind of ironic they're getting to the same price as tenderloin.”
Selover’s ready to cook up a lot of wings next weekend. He anticipates people dining in and a lot of take out.
And as far as the price, Selover’s use to eating the increased cost of wings around the Super Bowl, but he hopes the price goes back down, unlike last year.
“Last year they didn't come down they stayed the same, so everyone's worried this year," said Selover.
According to the National Chicken Council, the price of chicken wings is the highest that's ever been recorded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.