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Several fast-food restaurants in the country are unable to serve fried chicken to their customers due to supply chain problems and surge in prices of feeds.
In a statement, McDonalds Philippines said some of their stores are temporarily incapable of serving chicken products as current chicken supply does not qualify their standards.
“We continue to serve chicken products in our stores. There are only a number of stores that temporarily don't offer certain chicken products due to an increase in demand and unavailability of chicken supply that meet our standards and specifications, serving only our best to customers,” Adi Timbol-Hernandez, McDonalds' Philippines Corporate Relations Director, said.
Timbol-Hernandez said they import their chicken fillet and nuggets while their chicken McDo is locally sourced.
“Meron naman manok pag pumunta kayo sa palengke o sa grocery pero ‘yong size o timbang ng manok hindi swak o pasok sa requirements namin. Nagkukulang ang enough supply ng manok na nagmi-meet ng standard," she emphasized.
The same problem is being experienced by competing fast-food chains Jollibee and Mang Inasal.
Jollibee Food Corp. in a statement said the limited supply of chicken meat that meets their standard does not help in the increase of their customer demand.
“May iilang branch ng Jollibee at Mang Inasal ang pansamantalang hindi maibibigay ang ilang chicken orders," JBC said in a statement.
The management also expressed high hopes that the problem will be solved in the soonest possible time.
"Sa kasalukuyan, bumubuti na ang sitwasyon at patuloy din kaming nakikipagtulungan sa aming mga suppliers upang matugunan ang malakas na demand mula sa aming customers. May [kumpyansa] kami na sa madaling panahon, pati itong iilang branches ay maiibibigay din ang lahat ng orders ng manok," it added.
Moreover, RestoPH President Eric Teng said they have expected the problems in the supply chain and that “any food and beverage operator will find it difficult to cope with a chicken shortage as it is a core product for many restaurants.”