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South Jersey reacts to chicken wing shortage

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They're a Super Bowl staple, but as South Jersey residents stock up on the classic football food for Sunday's big game, they face a national shortage of chicken wings.

"Your poultry and stuff like that have gone way up because of the drought because there is not the supply that there would usually be. Again due to the drought," said manager of Butterhof's Farm & Home Supply Michael Butterhof.

2012's drought crippled the corn and soybean harvests, two essential ingredients to chicken feed.

And less chicken feed means fewer chickens, limiting wing production while driving up the price.

"The food prices were totally affected by the drought last year, throughout the entire industry. Any kind of animal food and at some point it filtered into the grocery stores," said Butterhof.

Facing higher prices and the high demand that comes with Super Bowl Sunday, staff at Primo's Pizza in Somers Point says that demand surpassing supply is nothing new and drought or no drought Walt's prepares for the yearly Super Bowl rush for chicken wings.

"There seems to be a shortage every year because the high volume for the demand. So every year we have to anticipate it's going to be tough around the Super Bowl," said Walt Gauta, owner of Primo Pizza.

Business owners say they have not been affected by the shortage and when it comes down to it, shoppers at the Somers Point Shop Rite say when they sit down to watch the Ravens and 49ers, they are going to want a plate full of wings by their side, not matter what the price.

"Even though the price is high," said shopper Katherine Connor.

"You can't have a Super Bowl party without the chicken wings."

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