Two employees of a food distribution company in Atlanta were caught stealing chicken wings on Jan. 23, after reports of a chicken-wing shortage for the upcoming Super Bowl game. The suspects were arrested on charges of stealing $65,000 worth of chicken wings from their employer, Nordic Distribution Center, according to reports from ABC News.
Dewayne Patterson and Renaldo Jackson allegedly backed a rental truck into a Tyson loading zone and stole 10 pallets of frozen wings. It isn't clear what the two planned to do with the wings, but with prices for these highly sought after chicken parts at an all time high (more than $2.11 pound wholesale), they would have profited nicely.
KFC says there is no need to resort to panic or theft, there are plenty of wings to go around. Yesterday (Jan. 28), KFC's the Colonel gave out hot wings to a hungry lunch crowd at a local Louisville, Kentucky restaurant to assure football fans from coast-to-coast that KFC has fans covered despite recent reports of chicken wing shortages leading up to the big game.
“It’s the biggest weekend of the year for chicken wing fans, so rumors of a wing shortage have caused a bit of a flap,” said Carrie Transue, KFC Marketing Manager. “Nearly a quarter of sports fans will be enjoying chicken wings this weekend, and KFC has them by the bucket. Our Gameday Bucket includes eight Hot Wings, eight pieces of Chicken and 10 Original Recipe Bites. So, don’t worry, America; the Colonel’s got wings.”
A news release by the National Chicken Council about a 1% decline in production, promoted rumors of a shortage. Economists said this is a classic story of supply and demand (and price hikes), but does no reflect an actual shortage.
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