The price of wings is changing so much, it’s affecting nearly every place that serves wings, including the self-proclaimed “wing experts” Wingstop.
Wingstop is eyeing a new menu item that they’ve never offered before: chicken thighs.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: how could the wing experts offer anything but the best wings?
It’s simple: the menu change could help the chicken chain squash inconsistent costs related to chicken wing price fluctuations.
This is according to Wingstop’s chairman and CEO Charles Morrison during the company’s Q3 earnings call earlier this week.
According to a report by Bloomberg citing the US Department of Agriculture, the price of wholesale chicken wings in the Northeast is at its highest in the last decade.
“We will continue to find more ways to deliver against our long-term strategy to mitigate volatility and food costs such as the introduction of a new product, bone-in thighs, which is in test in several markets today,” Morrison said on the company’s earnings call.
The thighs are currently being tested in seven locations, according to analysts at Gordon Haskett Research Advisors.
This includes Denver, which is now charging $6.79 for five thighs. To compare, the same store is currently offering 10 bone-in wings for $11.69 and 10 boneless wings for $6.
“We meet every week to just go through and find out what we can do to alleviate some of the pressure,” says Tom Jenkins, director of franchise operations for chicken wing chain, Buffalo Wings and Rings. “And it’s mostly the bone-in chicken wing that’s creating pressure.”
“These things in the past have come and gone. You just kind of