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KFC Australia and McDonald’s Japan face shortage of chicken and chips

The two fast food chains are experiencing shortages of fresh chicken and French fries respectively, forcing them to cut back on some normal menu items this month.

Both companies attribute the setbacks to booming supply chains, which are hitting other restaurants around the world.

In Australia, KFC has said it has temporarily removed menu items in parts of the country as it struggles to find a supply of its most important ingredient: fresh chicken. He said his suppliers were affected by staff shortages linked to Covid-19.

“We are working with our multiple vendors to mitigate the impact and provide them with support, but we expect some disruption to continue in the coming weeks,” a company spokesperson told CNN Business.

KFC did not specify which menu items were affected or which of its vendors were having issues.

But on Tuesday, Australian poultry processor Ingham’s, which has a partnership with the fast food giant, said it “is experiencing significantly lower levels of staff availability, impacting production volumes and l ‘operational efficiency’.
“The rapid spread of the Omicron variant … and the resulting staff shortages are now also having a significant impact on the Australian supply chain, operations, logistics and business performance of Ingham and some of its companies. suppliers and customers, ”the company said. noted in a scholarship document.

Ingham’s declined to comment further on Wednesday, saying it would not discuss ties with individual clients.

French fries are also lacking

Meanwhile, in Japan, McDonald’s was forced to stop selling medium and large portions of French fries.

The company had already briefly suspended those options last month due to delays in shipments of potatoes to the country.

Last Friday, he extended that suspension, saying he would continue to sell only small portions of French fries at about 2,900 outlets nationwide until January.

According to McDonald’s, the shortage is expected to continue this month as it continues to cope with the impact of a major flooding near the Port of Vancouver in Canada, which handles a large portion of the company’s potato imports from North America.

He added that heavy snow and bad weather also affected shipping services.

KFC Australia and McDonald’s Japan face shortage of chicken and chips

With the sale of larger fries temporarily suspended, all customers who purchase a fixed meal that typically includes these portions will receive a 50 yen (43 cents) discount.

McDonald’s said in its statement that it was working to “organize new distribution channels” to ensure a stable supply of potatoes in the future.

“We will continue to cooperate with importers and suppliers (…) so that regular sales of McDonald’s fries can resume as soon as possible,” he added.

The news adds to a slew of headaches for fast food producers, who have been battling global supply chain disruptions for months.

KFC Australia and McDonald’s Japan face shortage of chicken and chips
Last summer, milkshakes were temporarily unavailable at McDonald’s in the UK due to similar issues.
And Nando’s, the popular British chain, was forced to close some of its restaurants in August after running out of chicken for its signature peri peri dish. “The UK supply chain has a bit of a ‘mare right now,’ the company tweeted at the time.
In the United States, chains such as Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A were hit by ingredient shortages during the pandemic, forcing them to temporarily withdraw some offers for customers.

– CNN’s Emiko Jozuka contributed to this report.


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