The Colonel’s special recipe forced KFC to close nearly all of its 900 restaurants across the UK and Ireland due to missing a key ingredient…chicken!
The fast-food chain blamed the closures on a new delivery company that failed to get poultry to most of its stores.
“The chicken crossed the road, just not to our restaurants,” KFC’s British branch tweeted Sunday.
“We’ve brought a new delivery partner on board, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems — getting a fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex!”
The company switched from a specialist food-delivery company to German shipping giant DHL, that promised in October to “set a new benchmark for delivering fresh products to KFC in a sustainable way.”
DHL instead, conceded that it has had “operational issues” in recent days, that resulted in “incomplete or delayed” chicken deliveries.
The trade union that represents workers at the previous distributor said the fried-chicken titan switched to an inferior service to save money resulting in an Original Recipe for disaster.
“It’s an absolute cock-up. KFC are left with hundreds of restaurants closed while DHL tries and run the whole operation out of one distribution center — where conditions are an utter shambles,” said Mick Rix of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trade Union.
The shortage has British finger-licking’ fans in a tizzy.
“We’re going to have to hit a McDonald’s up,” a Manchester man said in a YouTube video while looking for an open KFC.
“That is s–t, mate. We like our chicken. You know we like our chicken!”
KFC has set up a Web page where irate chicken lovers across The Pond can stay abreast on the status of their nearest franchise.
“The Colonel is working on it,” KFC promises.
The first overseas KFC opened in Lancashire, England, in 1965 — almost a decade before McDonald’s.
The chain is so popular that British families often buy KFC gravy for their Christmas dinner.
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