KFC and McDonald’s supply chain issues see fast food running out of boxes, cups and even branded salt
KFC, McDonald’s and are among the fast food giants still suffering from supply chain issues, which has caused them to run out of food and drink packaging and even some seasonings.
KFC has had problems, including a shortage of paper take-out bags, chicken boxes and cups, as well as sauces and even salt.
Sites across the UK have told Yahoo Finance UK they are having problems with shortages of boxes to hold food, as well as cups, cup lids and paper bags for delivery items.
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A worker at a North London restaurant said they were using emergency packs, unbranded cups and no longer adding the wet wipes sachets usually included in their take-out bags.
Other rare items elsewhere were salt packets, cheese, and sauces such as barbecue sauce, ketchup, and mayonnaise.
These were attributed to supply chain issues and delays in product deliveries.
In August, KFC said it was operating on a reduced menu, with many locations also removing hot drinks and milkshakes from the menu.
The chain had issued a warning on its Twitter on August 11 that some menu items may become unavailable and the packaging may look “a little different from normal”.
A KFC spokesperson said: “As with so many other businesses across the country, the recent disruptions have resulted in some shortages for some of our restaurants.
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“Despite this, we’re still open and serving our signature fried chicken – all thanks to the amazing members of our team. They do a great job of keeping the fryers running, so be kind to them.
“Our restaurants are serving fresh, natural, quality chicken. If the recent disruption means it’s not being delivered, some of our restaurants may need to make temporary changes to their menu.”
Supply chain issues have also affected other fast-food chains, including McDonald’s, which ran out of milkshakes in all of its UK restaurants over the summer.
“Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing supply chain issues, affecting the availability of a small number of products,” a spokesperson for McDonald’s UK and Ireland said in a statement.
The chain was also forced to temporarily remove its chicken legend from delivery menus in the UK and Ireland.
Chicken shortages and supply chain issues also forced Nando’s to close 50 of its restaurants.
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