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Wingstop’s Plan to Control Chicken Costs Is to Start Raising Its Own Animals

  • Company is considering buying or building farm as costs surge
  • CEO said his supply-chain team has visited established farms
   

   

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

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Chicken-wing chain Wingstop Inc. is actively looking at the potential purchase of a poultry company in order to better control the volatile cost of chicken. 

Wingstop still has as much as $150 million in proceeds from its bond sale earlier this year. This could be used to fund any transaction, according to Chief Executive Officer Michael Skipworth, who took the helm in March. He said the company hired outside experts to evaluate integrating a chicken farm into the company’s supply chain -- or building its own, an option that would take longer to bring online.