Chain is forced to close restaurants and stop Deliveroo orders as it is hit by shortage of wings and thighs, with bosses blaming lack of staff at supplier factories.
Nando’s has had to shut a number of its restaurants and cancel its delivery options after staffing issues at its supply factories caused significant 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.
The company has been informing customers online that its current shortages have been caused by staff ‘isolation periods’ and suppliers ‘struggling to keep up with demand’.
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 just days after KFC bosses issued a nationwide supply warning after blaming ‘disruption’ for causing a lack of availability for some of its menu items.
A Nando’s spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The UK food industry has been experiencing disruption across its supply chain in recent weeks due to staff shortages, and a number of our restaurants have been impacted.
‘However, we can confirm that from today Nando’s will be lending seventy of our brilliant team members to support our key suppliers – working in partnership to help get things moving again.
‘We expect to see this having a positive impact on the affected restaurants very soon, so please bear with us whilst we do everything we can to get our famous PERi-PERi chicken back where it belongs – on your plates!’
The restaurant chain uses Avara, Moy Park and 2 Sisters Food Group to supply its stores with chicken.
Nando’s has not yet confirmed the specific items affected by stock shortages, or when the disruption is likely to end.
According to their website, at least 25 restaurants across the UK are closed today as a result of the supply chain issues.
Pictures taken in the capital showed the Clapham Nando’s closed, with a sign posted on its front door to customers reading: ‘Sorry, we will be close (sic) today.
‘Today, we will be closed due to stock supply issues effecting (sic) trade.’
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.
They also did not reveal the items most likely to become unavailable, nor when the supply issue is due to end.
Famously, in 2018, KFC had to close 600 of its stores after running out of chicken.
It 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.
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.
News Source: Mail Online