Nando’s Forced To Close Restaurants Because It's Running Out of Peri-Peri Chicken

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Photo credit: TOLGA AKMEN - Getty Images
Photo credit: TOLGA AKMEN - Getty Images

This is not a drill. Nando's is running out of its staple peri-peri chicken and has been forced to temporarily close around 50 of its stores as a result.

Nando's chicken shortage is believed to be a result of employees within its supply chain getting caught up in the "pingdemic" – where until earlier this week staff were required to self-isolate if they have come into contact with someone with coronavirus (from this week, fully vaccinated staff no longer have to self-isolate).

However, the chief executive of the British Poultry Council, Richard Griffiths, has said Brexit is to blame for the shortage – due to supply chains being hit by Brexit paperwork and immigration rules.

"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," Nando's said in a statement.

In order to get things moving again and get that delicious peri-peri chicken back on all of its customers' plates, Nando's has offered to loan out some of its employees to its supply chain. Although the restaurant chain is yet to reveal whether any have accepted the offer, or what work they would be doing.

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News that its peri-peri chicken was in a perilous state has received a mixed response on social media.

One user simply commented, "Noooooo," while another questioned whether this could be an opportunity rather than an obstacle: "Why not seize the opportunity, and fill the shortfall with plant based chicken alternatives?"

Not a bad shout.

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