Nando’s has had to shut a number of its restaurants after staffing issues at its supply factories caused food shortages.
The popular chicken chain has become the latest restaurant to see its supply chain struck down during the ‘pingdemic’ after staff shortages.
Nando’s has said it will provide 70 staff to its suppliers’ factories to temporarily restore normal levels of food deliveries and reopen its affected restaurants.
A spokesperson told the Sun: ‘Please bear with us whilst we do everything we can to get our famous PERi-PERi chicken back where it belongs – on your plates!’
Disgruntled customers took to social media to bemoan their lack of chicken, as Nando’s said the ‘small number’ of its 968 restaurants that remain closed are set to reopen once deliveries arrive either Tuesday or Wednesday.
The news comes after the Road Haulage Association warned that there was a shortage of 100,000 lorry drivers in the UK, which has been hampering deliveries of food from warehouses to supermarkets.
Nando’s has not yet confirmed the specific items affected by stock shortages, or when the disruption is likely to end.
One person shared a picture of an attempted order on Deliveroo being cancelled because the Bradford Leisure Exchange restaurant was not ‘currently accepting orders’.
Several other customers took to Twitter to complain of restaurant closures and menu changes, which were blamed on ‘unforeseen circumstances’.
@Anasophiamills wrote: ‘Nando’s is closed and I’m not ok.’
The South American chicken chain opened its first UK restaurant in Ealing, London in 1992.
But Nando’s wasn’t the only major fast food chain to be affected by Covid-19 – with Kentucky Fried Chicken stores across the UK seeing reduced menus last week after ‘operational issues’.
Bosses at the American fast food chain warned some of its menu items were ‘unavailable’ and that meals may come in packaging ‘that is different to normal’.
KFC chiefs blamed ‘disruption over the last few weeks’, but did not specify what the disruption was in a statement, released on KFC’s UK Twitter page.
Last week, the Army was placed on standby to cope with Britain’s food shortages caused by a lack of qualified truck drivers which has left many supermarket shelves bare in recent weeks.
Some 2,000 HGV drivers from the Royal Logistic Corps and other corps are reported to be on a five-day notice to help distribute food and other essential supplies, including medicine.
Industry leaders have been warning about driver shortages for months, branding it a ‘crisis of national importance.’
Empty supermarket shelves have been pictured across the country in recent weeks.
Dairy giant Arla said in June: ‘There is a real crunch this Summer because of Covid causing a backlog of new drivers passing their tests, changes to tax rules, some drivers from EU countries returning home, some others on furlough and other factors.
‘Like many others in the industry we are seeing costs go up and we’re working hard to limit the effect this will have on prices.
‘There has been a growing shortage of haulage drivers for many years. It is really important that we attract many new drivers into the sector.’
KFC warns ‘some menu items will be unavailable’ and meals may come in ‘packaging that is different to normal’ due to ‘disruption over the last few weeks’
By James Robinson for MailOnline
KFC chiefs have issued a supply warning, admitting customers may not be able to get hold of their favourite finger-lickin’ meals.
Bosses at the fast food chain warned that some of its menu items will ‘be unavailable’.
They also warned that some meals may come in packaging ‘that is different to normal’.
Bosses of the chain, famous world-wide for its southern-fried chicken, have blamed ‘disruption over the last few weeks’.
However, they did not specify what the disruption was in a statement, released on KFC’s UK Twitter page.
They also did not reveal the items most likely to become unavailable, nor when the supply issue is due to end.
One staff member at KFC suggested to MailOnline that the issue was related to Brexit. MailOnline has contacted KFC for clarification.
KFC’s message, posted last night, said: ‘The Colonel has just emerged from a long day at the fryers and wanted to share the following message.
‘Just a heads up that across our country, there’s been some disruption over the last few weeks – so things may be a little different when you next visit us.
‘You might find some items aren’t available or our packaging might look a little different to normal. We know it’s not ideal, but we’re working hard to keep things running smoothly.
‘In the meantime, please be patient with our incredible teams… they’re doing a brilliant job despite the disruption. We can’t wait to see you soon for your next fried chicken fix.’
In a later statement, to MailOnline: A KFC spokesperson: ‘As with so many other businesses across the country, recent disruption has meant some of our restaurants are facing a few shortages.
‘Despite that, we’re still open and serving our iconic fried chicken – all thanks to our incredible team members. They’re doing a brilliant job keeping the fryers going, so please be kind to them.
‘Our restaurants serve fresh, natural, quality chicken. If the recent disruption means that’s not delivered, some of our restaurants may need to make temporary changes to their menu.
‘The eagle-eyed among you may also notice some of our packaging could look a little different too, but crucially, it’ll still be full of incredible chicken.’
It is not the first time that the American chain, which has more than 900 chains and employs 24,000 people across the UK, has suffered from supply issues.
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