KFC switches to cabbage mix in Australia due to lettuce shortage | Food News

KFC says change is because of a lettuce scarcity after floods destroyed crops in New South Wales and Queensland.

The fried hen chain KFC has been compelled to make menu modifications in its burgers and wraps in Australia because the nation faces the results of floods that destroyed lettuce crops.

“As a result of latest floods in NSW [New South Wales] and QLD [Queensland] we’re presently experiencing a lettuce scarcity. So, we’re utilizing a lettuce and cabbage mix on all merchandise containing lettuce till additional discover,” the corporate instructed prospects in a press release on Tuesday.

The native worth of the verdant leaf has additionally soared by as a lot as 300 p.c in latest months. A single head of iceberg lettuce in Sydney or Melbourne that after offered for about $2 now goes for near $8.

Provide chain knowledgeable Flavio Macau of Edith Cowan College instructed AFP information company that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was additionally an element, pushing up diesel and fertiliser costs.

The corporate instructed prospects: “If that’s not your bag, merely click on ‘customise’ in your chosen product and take away lettuce from the recipe :)”.

The change was actually not the “bag” of some social media customers.

“The truth that you’re changing lettuce with cabbage makes me rethink my complete meal at KFC. There’s 4 or 5 different issues I’d eat earlier than cabbage Its such a bizarre alternative,” wrote one disgruntled Twitter consumer.

“Seems like an indication of the apocalypse,” stated one other.

This isn’t the primary time that restaurant chains have confronted challenges amid provide chain points.

Final August McDonald’s stated it had taken milkshakes and bottled drinks off the menu in any respect of its British eating places because it battled the availability chain points that hit companies throughout the retail and hospitality sector.

Nando’s, the favored grilled hen restaurant chain, was compelled to quickly shut greater than 40 shops within the UK, about 10 p.c of its eating places, after workers shortages hit its hen provide chain final August.

Final December, McDonald’s introduced a chip scarcity that hit its provide chain, forcing the corporate to ration French fries in Japan.