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Customers shifting to fresher options for most popular Super Bowl snack

January 31, 2019 Updated: September 8, 2020

various types of chicken wings - mild to hot - on display in store.

Aside from Thanksgiving, Americans eat more on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day. UFCW members in grocery stores and in food processing plants across the country have been working hard to prep the meats, cheese trays, deli sandwiches, veggie platters and other great game day snacks we all love.

“This is one of the busiest times of the year for my store,” said Earl Greenlaw, a member of UFCW Local 367 who works at Fred Meyer. “Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, my co-workers and I put in long hours preparing food and helping customers plan their menus. We love knowing that our hard work makes it easy for people to enjoy the game with their friends and family.”

The Unofficial Super Bowl Snack

The most popular food for Super Bowl Sunday? Chicken Wings. While the amount of wings projected to be eaten this weekend is enough to circle the earth three times, there are some shifts in customers’ preferences. According to Nielsen, more and more customers are turning to fresher wings, opting either to pick them up fully cooked at the deli or buy them uncooked and make them themselves. Fresh meat wings sales have gone up 31 percent in the past year, and deli cooked wings saw an increase of 15 percent.

Many of those wings will have either been processed by UFCW members at unionized poultry processing facilities or cooked and served by UFCW members at unionized grocery stores. Thanks for all your hard work, guys!

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