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January 31, 2013

Super-sized bowl

Forecasters predict Super Bowl viewerswill be eating a lot this Sunday


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Americans will consume 50 million cases of beer and eat more than 1.23 billion chicken wings. The National Chicken Council said if 1.23 billion wing segments were laid end to end, they would stretch from Candlestick Park in San Francisco to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore about 27 times.

For retailers, restaurants and pizzerias, chicken wing prices have risen considerably. Wholesale wings are currently at about $2.11 a pound, the highest on record at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, up 26 cents or 14 percent from a year earlier. But don’t worry, there’s nothing to fear, restaurants will have plenty.

“We will have wings,” Blumrick said.

The Retail Advertising and Marketing Association said the average game watcher will spend $68.54 on new televisions for viewing parties, snacks and athletic apparel, up from $63.87 last year. Total Super Bowl spending is expected to reach nearly $12.3 billion.

A BOWL-LUCK DINNER This Sunday, on average, football fans are expected to eat: • 1.23 billion chicken wings • 11.2 million pounds of potato chips • 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips • 4.3 million pounds of pretzels • 3.8 million pounds of popcorn • 2.5 million pounds of nuts • 50 million cases of beer

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.

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