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Cheap wings no more: Price of chicken soars, boosts wing prices

Posted August 3

— The days of cheap chicken wings appear to have flown the coop.

The price of chicken has soared in recent months, largely because of our nation's ravenous appetite for chicken wings.

"The cost has gone way up. I don't understand why," said Chris Wells, who frequents Ba-Da Wings!

Ba-Da Wings! in Raleigh's Mission Valley now has signs on the window and tables announcing a surcharge on all jumbo and boneless wings.

"Chicken prices are like at historically high levels," said Co-Owner, Michael McCoy. "We've had to raise (prices) like a dollar per pound."

The supply was certainly there 40 years ago, but not demand. Now, wings are a go-to bar food and the most sought-after, and expensive, parts of the chicken.

"It's just that people are buying and eating more chicken," McCoy said.

A representative from Prestige Farms in Charlotte said, "everybody's putting them on the menu now."


"We're not trying to gouge anyone," McCoy said. "It's just that with prices what they are, we've been forced to do it."

Sophia Bouknight said she has noticed the jacked-up price.

"It didn't stop me," she said. "I like chicken wings because they're small and you get them in all different flavors. I just like them."

The owner of Ba-Da Wings! said he has not seen any decline in business.

Buffalo Wild Wings said its net earnings decreased by 63 percent for the second quarter of the year.

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  • Kiara Babel Aug 4, 5:30 a.m.
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    As a former restaurant owner the cost of food was sky rocketing, when I first opened I could get a case of 220 wings for $49.00, within two years they were over $120.00. It's not just wings it was everything, my food cost was almost double on most items, steak was running $5.00 a lb, at closing it was around $13.00 a pound. Customers would accuse me of the price increase,