“Corn is what really drives the price,” said Bill Mattos, president of the California Poultry Federation. Mattos said 60% of the cost of producing chicken is in the corn feed. He said shortages and shipping issues are also factors of rising costs. Jul 17, 2022

Labor shortages, lack of truck drivers, and shortages of packaging materials like plastic, paper, and aluminum are all contributing to the slowdowns. Farmers are struggling to keep their herds in response to a shortage of antibiotics and feed materials. Feb 18, 2022

Chicken is one of the cheapest meats on the market and it comes in a lot of different cuts. Meat cuts like pork shoulder and ground beef are also more affordable, but you can find quite a few meat options at decent prices if you know the tricks.

Chick-fil-A The QSR 50 Chicken Segment Category Rank Company 2016 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions) 1 Chick-fil-A 7,973.50 2 KFC 4,483.30 3 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen* 3,140.30 4 Zaxby’s* 1,891.98 5 more rows

The combined value of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys, and the value of sales from chickens in 2020 was $35.5 billion, down 11 percent from $40.0 billion in 2019. Of the combined total, 61 percent was from broilers, 24 percent from eggs, 15 percent from turkeys, and less than 1 percent from chickens. Apr 29, 2021