LONDON: Fast food chain KFC was forced to put cabbage in its burgers and wraps in Australia on Tuesday as the country grapples with a shortage of lettuce due to recent flooding that destroyed lettuce crops.
KFC Australia said on its website: “Due to recent flooding in NSW (New South Wales) and QLD (Queensland), we are currently experiencing a shortage of lettuce. We are therefore using a mixture of lettuce and cabbage on all products containing lettuce until further notice. If that’s not your bag, simply click “Customize” on the product of your choice and remove the lettuce from the recipe. »
Social media users in Australia took to Twitter to mock the decision, while others welcomed the exchange, citing cabbage as an underrated vegetable.
“Looks like a sign of the apocalypse,” wrote one Twitter user.
Another humorously commented, “Has anyone else heard the shocking news!?!? Due to a massive shortage of lettuce, KFC will now be using cabbage as a substitute – True story. The end of the world is near.”
Meanwhile, one user raved about the exchange, saying, “I can’t imagine a majority of dishes don’t actually benefit from replacing lettuce with cabbage. Tacos are good with cabbage, salads are good with cabbage, KFC confuses me because the coleslaw contains cabbage. It is a much better and denser vegetable. Maybe it’s a weird victory.
It is not the first time this year that the company has been hit by food shortages. In January, KFC Australia had to change its menu due to a lack of chicken, caused by a staff shortage at Australia’s largest chicken supplier.
Supply chain issues have impacted fast food chains around the world, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
McDonald’s in the UK faced a shortage of tomatoes in March, which heavily impacted its sales of Big Tasty burgers.
In August last year, no milkshakes or bottled drinks were available at McDonald’s outlets in England, Scotland and Wales for a brief period.