US averts shortage of chicken wings

Updated 02 February 2013
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US averts shortage of chicken wings

WASHINGTON: In the run-up to Super Bowl tomorrow, millions of American football fans can rest assured: There is no looming shortage of their beloved chicken wings.
The National Chicken Council estimates that the nation will wolf down 1.23 billion chicken wings over Super Bowl weekend, or nearly four wings for each and every American.
But fears that restaurants, bars, fast food outlets and supermarkets will run out of the savory snack — served baked, fried or grilled — are unfounded, the industry group said Thursday.
“There is sufficient frozen poultry in storage,” council spokesman Tom Super told AFP in an e-mail, citing the latest data from the US Department of Agriculture.
“The Super Bowl is the second biggest eating holiday of the year, after Thanksgiving,” noted Charlie Morrison, president of Wingstop, a nationwide chain of more than 550 wings-dedicated franchise restaurants.
“With the growing demand for wings, we are gearing up for this to be our biggest year yet,” with more than six million wings sold, up 15 percent on last year, he said.
The National Restaurant Association estimates 48 million Americans will either take out or call in food for Sunday’s big game, with 63 percent naming chicken wings as their “must-have” finger food.
“When it comes to favorite game-watching foods, dips, chicken wings and pizza top the list,” the restaurant group’s senior vice president Hudson Riehle said in a statement.
He added that, judging from market research, “about two out of five individuals who plan to watch the big game say that healthful food items are a must on their table that day.”
That said, 18 percent of respondents to a online survey for CouponCabin.com identified “the dieter — the one counting calories on one of the most celebrated days of junk food” as the most undesirable Super Bowl companion.
Chicken wings are so popular among Americans that they typically cost more in US supermarkets than they do in Europe, despite being less meaty than chicken legs — also known as “drumsticks” — or breasts.
“I think we like the flavor of the meat combined with the fat and the skin” and served up in so many ways, Super said. “And they do so well in bars because the spicy and salty nature of wings pair perfectly with beer.”
The season-closing Super Bowl championship, taking place this year in New Orleans, Louisiana, pits the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers. Their hometowns are famous for crabcakes and Asian cuisine, respectively.


WWE stars soften up to Jeddah children to introduce anti-bullying campaign

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WWE stars soften up to Jeddah children to introduce anti-bullying campaign

  • Al-Oula is a non-profit organization targeted to break the cycle of poverty
  • WWE stars sat down in front of 30 students from the institution

Jeddah: The children of Al-Oula –- a non-profit organization targeted to break the cycle of poverty –- had the most thrilling school trip as they came to see World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstars Mojo Rawley and Mark Henry in King Abdullah stadium on Tuesday.
The stars sat down in front of 30 students from the institution and softened up as they shared stories from their childhood and introduced their anti-bullying campaign “Be a Star.”
The stars shared personal stories and the difficulties they have faced.
Dean Muhtadi, 31, better known by his ring name Mojo Rawley, told the children: “We are different in many ways but sometimes you have to focus on the similarities and positive aspects of others.”
Mark Henry, 46, opened up about his past: “When I was young people would call me names and were mean to me, so I decided to become the strongest person in the world.
“I won three world championships in three different world countries that had nothing to do with each other and I am very proud of myself for not letting the mean comments get to my head.”
Henry was world heavyweight champion, and is also a two-time Olympian and a gold medalist at the Pan American Games.
Later the children had the chance to talk directly with the stars. Rawley is originally Palestinian, so he spoke in Arabic with some of the children.
Henry told one of the students: “If someone is troubling you, don’t give them the satisfaction of letting the comments or actions affect you, and immediately tell your teacher or your parents or any adult, and they will help you through your problems.”
The children then took pictures and were given tickets to the WWE Royal Rumble show on Friday.
“Jeddah is a very family-friendly and a culture-loving city, so I love being here,” Henry told Arab News. “The only difference is the language. Apart from that everyone is very nice and warm.”
On the Royal Rumble, he said: “Get ready for the best entertainment you have ever seen with your own eyes.”
“For someone who comes from an Arab background, this is a historic achievement and it will be remembered for ever,” Rawley said in an interview with Arab News.
“When I first found out that we agreed to a ten-year partnership, it was the coolest thing to find out.
“I am very fortunate to be a part of this long-term partnership which will give the citizens a long time to understand and give us enough time to develop our brand here in Saudi Arabia.
“Last year the show in Riyadh was a small, non-televised show but it was one of the coolest experiences of my life, so I am very excited to perform in this grand-scale show. It’s going to be an amazing show. It will rival Wrestle Mania, which is the biggest event of the year.”
Jana Marwan, a nine-year-old student, said: “Everyone told us that the wrestlers were scary but they weren’t. In fact they were very friendly. They taught us how to look out for ourselves and I had so much fun. I am thankful to them.”