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07th Jun 2022

Lettuce crisis takes shocking turn as KFC is forced to change its menu due to price hikes

Simon Bland


Extreme weather has forced the Colonel to switch up his dishes in Australia

Fast food giant KFC has been forced to make some small amends to some of its fan-favourite meals after extreme weather conditions in Australia have caused a lettuce shortage.

While this particular green leaf may not be the main event everyone is looking forward to in its wraps, Zingers or Fillet Tower Meals, hungry Aussies will no longer get a say in whether or not they get to enjoy it – with the company advising customers that it has been forced to use a blend of lettuce and cabbage instead – temporarily at least.

This fast food fix is the result of flooding that happened earlier this year in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, the impact of which has had a knock on effect on the country’s lettuce output.

KFC stores in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT and Tasmania will each be featuring this new cabbage tweak to their menus.

“We’ve hit a bit of an Iceberg and are currently experiencing some lettuce supply chain disruptions due to the impacts of the recent Queensland and NSW floods,” the company’s Australian brand said in a recent statement.

“We’re working with our multiple suppliers to provide them with support, but we do expect disruptions to continue in the coming days. Apologies for any inconvenience caused, we appreciate you all being Little Gems as we work to get things back to normal ASAP.”

Those who really have it in for cabbage can instead opt to remove all veg from their chicken sandwiches when ordering online.

Australia’s lettuce shortage has become so bad in recent weeks that the type of iceberg lettuce frequently used by fast food chains has hit an all-time price high of $12 in some supermarkets – that’s almost £10. For a lettuce.

Meanwhile, those after a quick-bite in the UK could soon be in for even more choice as burger outlet McDonald’s recently unveiled a range of new menu items heading our way this summer.

Their Taste of Spain and Taste of Cyprus menus will feature new burgers, desserts and even halloumi fries – marking the first time that the Golden Arches has served up this hipster fave dish.

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