Fresno, California 2021-05-01 15:37:13 –
Some analysts have accused COVID-19 of a clear chicken shortage.
The pandemic has reduced staff in poultry factories, increasing the need for comfortable meals when Americans are at home.
“There was no optimal chicken distribution. Some chicken had to be in other parts of the world. We couldn’t move,” said Benkaplan, CEO of TOP Agency. A network of marketing agencies.
According to the National Chicken Council, bad weather and power outages in major poultry-producing states such as Texas and Arkansas only exacerbated the problem.
Some experts say the surge in demand for chicken began before the pandemic.
Fast-food chains like McDonald’s, known for their rugged Big Macs, reported that chicken was selling “more than expected.”
And when Popeyes released a chicken sandwich in 2019, Customers lined up around the block of restaurants across the country. According to the company, 203 million popeye chicken sandwiches were sold the year after its launch, and 3,582 sandwiches were sold in one place per day.
In addition, KFC’s same-store sales surged 14% in the previous quarter, and the CEO of the parent company said it was struggling to keep up with demand due to the popularity and tight supply of new chicken sandwiches. Sales of Chick-fil-A increased by 23%, and Bojangles recently announced shortages in 750 locations.
Overall, fast-food restaurants saw a 23% decline in customers during the pandemic, while fried chicken fast-food sales fell by only 6%.
Derrick Blake, owner of Wings TakeOut in Little Rock, Arkansas, said he was feeling the impact of the shortage.
“We were closed all day because we didn’t have enough chicken to keep it open,” he said.
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