Where are all the chicken wings?

May 17th, 2021

Local family-owned restaurants have not had chicken wings in weeks.


Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.

My son works at a local family-owned restaurant and told us that they have not had chicken wings in weeks.  When he told us this I was a perplexed?  Why don’t they have chicken wings?  I had been to a major wing restaurant a few days before and they had wings and they were also selling at their usual price.  I decided to do some research and learned that the small family-owned businesses around the country are having a hard time getting chicken products because of a nationwide poultry shortage.  It seems that the rise in consumer demand for the bird has surged during the pandemic.  With all the stay-at-home orders throughout the country over the past year it seems a lot of us have been ordering a lot of takeout chicken meals and sandwiches.  Because of this the poultry producers have not been able to keep up with the pace of the demand.  Other reasons for the shortage were the outbreak of the coronavirus in the meat processing plants, high feed prices and winter storms that shut down some of the chicken farms.  If you are a fan of chicken, analysts say not to worry though the shortage will start to taper off as things are starting to get back to normal and the economy continues to open.  While doing this research I came across the following items that may be in short supply this year as well.

  • Gas
  • Lumber
  • Chlorine
  • Ketchup
  • Computer Chips
  • Metals
  • Steel

Interested in learning how SafeSourcing can help your company save money during these shortages and run more efficiently?   For more information on how SafeSourcing can help your procurement efforts, or on our Risk-Free trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service RepresentativeWe have an entire team ready to assist you today.





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