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· Restaurants find it tough to find chicken
· America's Chicken Wing Shortage is Bad for the Planet
Restaurants find it tough to find chicken
Wingstop and KFC, among other chains, have struggled to source chickens amid intense demand and worker shortages among distributors and processors.
By Jonathan Maze and Heather Lalley, Restaurant Business
Apr. 28, 2021
Chicken is in such high demand at the nation’s restaurants that it is getting increasingly difficult for companies to find it.
Supply challenges are hitting all sorts of chains that serve chicken, including bone-in chains, burger concepts selling chicken sandwiches, pizza chains selling wings and of course the traditional wing chains themselves.
The problem has led to higher prices for chicken, and especially chicken wings, where prices are expected to stay at record levels for the foreseeable future.
“We believe that these prices are likely to continue to be elevated in 2021 as suppliers are struggling, just as many in our industry are, to hire people to process chicken, thus placing unexpected pressure on the amount of birds that can be processed and negatively affecting supply of all parts of the chicken in the U.S., not just wings,” Charlie Morrison, CEO of the wing chain Wingstop, said on Wednesday.
America's Chicken Wing Shortage is Bad for the Planet
By Alex J. Rouhandeh, Newsweek
America's demand for chicken wings continues to shape the food industry, as some restaurant owners find themselves shelling out more $3 per pound for wings.
Increased demand for takeout and comfort food put wing consumption on the rise in 2020, The National Chicken Council reported. That demand, coupled with the biggest day for wing eating—Super Bowl Sunday—and devastation from the winter storms in Texas, has shrunken the popular poultry product to a relatively short supply.
"One of the biggest challenges in the industry is to get the optimum value for the whole chicken produced," Fabian Brockötter, editor in chief of Poultry World magazine, told Newsweek. "The question is; if you order a bucket with 20 wings, who will eat the rest of those 10 chickens that were needed for your wings?"
The answer, he says, lies in international trade...