Prices for chicken wings, which are very popular among U.S. residents as a traditional fast food, have almost doubled. Restaurateurs and farmers cite labor shortages due to the pandemic as the main reason.
Greg Duell, owner of Duff’s Famous Wings in Buffalo, New York, told reporters that the restaurant has to adjust prices for fried wings following new rates from chicken suppliers.
The latter are suffering a severe shortage of poultry farm workers after a major migrant exodus from the U.S. during the coronavirus. The remaining staff is not able to cut the chickens in time. The birds are getting older and require more feed, increasing breeding costs by about 99 percent, farmers confirm. The oil needed to cook buffalo wings has also risen 1.2 times in 2021, according to Duell.
Labor shortages are affecting all sectors of the U.S. and other economies around the world. About two-thirds of U.S. restaurants have reported a shortage of workers, and half are barely managing rents after long lockdowns. The economy’s extreme situation is causing almost all commodities to go up in price. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), global food prices have reached a record high since 2014.