Meat shortages in some parts of the country have forced Wendy’s to pull burgers off its menus in approximately 20 percent of locations.
“Some of our menu items may be in short supply from time to time at some restaurants in this current environment,” the company said in a statement. “We expect this to be temporary, and we’re working diligently to minimize the impact to our customers and restaurants.”
The shortage comes after several meat processing plants have had to temporarily shutter their doors over coronavirus outbreaks among employees.
The states hardest hit by the shortages include California, Kentucky, and South Carolina, forcing Wendy’s to pull their fresh, never frozen beef products, according to NBC’s Today show.
The Wendy's burger shortage at some locations comes amid reports that about 5,000 meat and poultry plant workers contracted the novel coronavirus in 115 plants across 19 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]
Anyone remember the tv commercial with the little elderly lady saying “Where’s the beef!!”— Bob Morman (@OhioFarmer99) May 5, 2020
Well, hate to say it but, it’s not at Wendy’s... pic.twitter.com/1or9UH2aK3
The fast food chain will reportedly not be switching to frozen beef in an effort to meet demand.
Wendy's would rather not serve burgers at all than switch to frozen beef at this point https://t.co/ICLotM3MqA— Kate Taylor (@Kate_H_Taylor) May 5, 2020
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