The Super Bowl 53 will start this Sunday and, while the Rams and Patriots will be unleashed, most Americans will face snacks at the table. Year after year, the Super Bowl Sunday proves that the real American pastime is eating.

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Everyone knows that the Super Bowl is an important activity for the host city, but also for the food industry nationwide. Americans plan to spend an average of $ 81 to celebrate the big game, according to a poll conducted by the National Retail Federation among 7,384 adults. This figure – including the money spent on decorating, food and other expenses – totals $ 14.8 billion.

If this number seems impressive, consider that the Super Bowl's planned spending is down from last year's total of $ 15.3 billion. However, the NRF says that this drop in spending at the Super Bowl will probably be due to the fact that fewer people are considering watching this year's game: do the Patriotes tire? At Yahoo Finance, we follow the money, but today we are following the food.

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Everyone has their favorite snack, but there seems to be a prominent dog – or should we say a bird of choice – and that's the chicken wing. Chicken wings are the first choice for big game. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will eat more than 1.3 billion wings during this year's Super Bowl, which represents a 2% or 27 million wing increase over the previous year. ;last year. In visual terms, 1.3 billion end-to-end wings would stretch 28 times between the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

It's also enough wings to go around the globe three times. That's enough for every man, woman, and child in the United States to eat four wings a piece on a Super Bowl Sunday. The Council is currently asking President Donald Trump and Congress to declare the Super Bowl Monday a federal holiday: "National Chicken Wing Recognition Day". It remains to be seen whether this will be part of the next round of budget negotiations or will prevent another government from closing. .

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The council also points out that chicken prices remain favorable because of the good market supply. Whole wings are sold at retail at around $ 3.01 per pound on average nationally, according to the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. This represents an increase of 51 cents over the price of $ 2.50 per pound last year.

The restaurant chains are also embarking on the culinary frenzy that is the Super Sunday. Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) claims to have sold more than 14 million traditional and boneless wings last year for big game. BWW expects a traffic increase of 30 to 40% during the biggest football day. To satisfy the hundreds of thousands of people who will fill his tables on Sunday, BWW will increase its wing production by 37%, in terms of traditional wings and 20% boneless wings. This also involves storing 47% more sauces.

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Last year, Domino's (DPZ), the world's largest retail-based pizza company, sold enough pizzas to cover more than 5,000 football pitches. This year, the pizza chain plans to sell nearly 2 million pizzas and 4 million chicken wings. This represents an increase of about 40% in pizza sales compared to an average Sunday.

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Rival Pizza Hut (YUM) plans to sell 1.5 million pizzas nationwide on Sunday at the Super Bowl. That equals 200 shares for every fan who attends this year's game in Atlanta.

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When it comes to salty snacks, the people of Frito-Lay simply have a science – literally. This year, PepsiCo (PEP) launched its first-ever US Snack Index, which highlights the goals of the Americans in this year's big game. According to the data compiled by the company, 80% of Americans will eat chips or tortilla chips. According to the index, spicy snacks are the real MVP for younger viewers. Twice as many Generation Z and Generation Y members surveyed said they preferred spicy flavors. Not only does age matter when it is nibble, but the location also.

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On Sunday, residents of Los Angeles and Boston will be on the opposite side of the network, but will also be at opposite ends of the snack table. According to Frito-Lay, those in Los Angeles prefer to eat potato chips while Boston residents prefer to eat tortilla chips. Snacking Nutrition and Convenience International notes that in 2018, Super Bowl Weekly Snack sales compared to the previous week exceeded 17%. In total, Americans spent $ 387,872,716 on salty snacks for big game last year.

So, whether you're looking for the Pats or the Rams – or the lack of a team – one thing is clear: the food industry will be the real winner on Sunday, even if the stomach of millions of people can ask to postpone.

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