KFC may be known the world over for their finger-licking good chicken, but that chicken is in danger of disappearing from the menu. Colonel Sanders has been forced to remove several menu items from KFC venues across Australia as the beloved fast food chain faces a shortage of chicken, the latest example of the impacts of supply chain issues underway amid the pandemic.
Australians visiting their local KFC restaurants were greeted with signs reading “Due to supplier issues, we do not have original chicken, zingers, tenderloins or wings. Please refer to stickers sold out for available items”, and other postage warning items. is no longer available due to a chicken shortage, according to local outlet 7 News. KFC Australia even issued a statement on its website, apologizing to customers for the disruption and explaining that “like many businesses across Australia, our supply chain and workforce have been affected. by COVID-19. Rest assured we’re doing everything we can to get everyone’s favorites back to frying as soon as possible. That’s not how we wanted to start the year, be nice to one another others, and our staff do their best to provide the chicken we all love.
A spokesperson confirmed the restaurants had been forced to offer a “reduced menu” in a statement to 7 News, sharing that “unfortunately our supply chain has been disrupted and some of our restaurants will be offering a reduced menu.” Apologizing “or any trouble it causes our customers”, KFC promised to “do everything we can to help our suppliers get back on track”. In a separate statement to CNN Business, a spokesperson said the restaurant chain “is working with our multiple vendors to mitigate the impact and provide them with support, but we expect some disruption to continue in the weeks ahead. future”.
KFC did not specify which menu items were affected or when menus would eventually return to normal. CNN Business noted that Australian poultry processor Ingham’s, which has a partnership with KFC, said it “is experiencing significantly lower levels of staff availability, which is impacting production volumes and operational efficiency. “.
The KFC chicken shortage is just the latest supply chain shortage to affect a major fast food chain amid ongoing supply chain issues. In December, McDonald’s Japan was forced to ration the sale of french fries due to a shortage of potatoes. Although the rationing was only to last until December 30, it continued, with McDonald’s Japan being forced to stop selling medium and large portions of French fries nationwide until January. The potato shortage is due to supply chain impacts caused by flooding near the Port of Vancouver in Canada.