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Chicken wings are a staple food source in western New York, and even more so during the Super Bowl. The National Chicken Council estimates that Americans will consumer 1.2 billion chicken wings on Super Sunday.

But due to very high demand, chicken wing prices have gone up nationwide. The Council says wholesale prices have gone up 14 percent to $2.11 a pound on average, the highest price ever recorded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Pauly Bernadini with Pauly’s Pizza in Batavia says the local pizza restaurants have had to raise prices because of the drastic increase and though it’s not desirable, it’s the best business decision.

“It’s always something around this time," Bernadini said, "whether it’s wings, or cheese or flour, or the produce right now is ridiculous. I ran out of lettuce the other day and I had to go to the super market and I paid $1.98 for a head of lettuce. There’s nothing you can do. You have to have it. You have to have the product.”

Bernadini says he remembers paying $1.99 a pound for chicken wings this time last year, and paid $2.35 this year.

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