London, Feb. 1 (ANI): Americans will eat more than 1.23 billion chicken wings in the run up to the Super Bowl.
According to the National Chicken Council, there are fears that restaurants, bars, fast food outlets and supermarkets will run out of the savoury snack, served baked, fried or grilled, most often with ranch or barbecue sauce, are unfounded.
Council spokesman Tom Super, citing the latest data from the US Department of Agriculture, said that there is sufficient frozen poultry in storage.
He said that 'there will be no wing shortage,' adding that 'they might be a little more expensive, but there is and will be plenty to go around'.
According to the Telegraph, unprepared wings are selling in Washington supermarkets this week for about 2.49 dollars per pound.
Charlie Morrison, president of Wingstop, a nationwide chain of more than 550 wings-dedicated franchise restaurants, said that the Super Bowl is the second biggest eating holiday of the year.
He said that with the growing demand for wings, they were gearing up for this to be our biggest year yet, with more than six million wings sold, up by 15 percent on last year.
According to the report, the National Restaurant Association estimates 48 million Americans will either take out or get it delivered for Sunday's big game, with 63 percent naming chicken wings as their 'must-have' finger food.
Chicken wings are so popular among Americans that they typically cost more in US supermarkets than they do in Europe, despite being less meaty than chicken legs, also known as 'drumsticks', or breasts.
The Super Bowl championship, taking place this year in New Orleans, Louisiana, pits the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers, the report added. (ANI)