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Chicken Wings Fall From Favor as Consumers Start to Trade Down

Chicken Wings
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Chicken wings may be reprising their role as a bellwether of meat inflation. 

An early favorite when the Covid-19 outbreak prompted many consumers to eat more meals at home, chicken wings soared in demand and more than doubled in price. That eventually led consumers to stop buying and restaurants like Wingstop to switch to thighs.