Pilgrim's Pride Bankruptcy Causing Buffalo Wing Shortage, Superbowl Panic?

When Pilgrim’s Pride, a processor of chicken, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, did it decrease chicken wing production? Are we on the verge of a chicken wing crisis?

From UPI:

The Dec. 1 Chapter 11 reorganization filing of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. of Pittsburgh, Texas, has reduced the nation’s wing supply, Buffalo suppliers say.

Add to this the fact that national wing demand this time of year far exceeds that of other times, like chocolates around Valentine’s Day.

The combination has made prices soar, suppliers say.

“Forty pounds (of wings) would be like $85,” Sam Musolino, owner of Sammy’s Pizzeria in nearby Niagara Falls, N.Y., tells WIVB-TV, Buffalo.

He used to pay only half that amount, he says.

Mr. Musolino is calling for a boycott of chicken wings in order to send a message that wing prices are too high.

Tragic.

Chicken wing shortage ahead of Super Bowl [UPI]