Taco Bell menu hit by nationwide ingredient shortage


Taco Bell’s menu may be a bit limited these days, with the quick-service restaurant chain warning patrons that it might not be able to satisfy their current appetite cravings.

In an apology in an orange banner at the top of its website, Taco Bell said, “Sorry if we can’t satisfy your current craving. Due to ingredient shortages and delivery delays nationwide, we could run out of some items. ”

Those who frequent Taco Bell have taken to social media to share their culinary disappointment.

“A Taco Bell employee told me there was a ‘national shortage of everything right now’, and I decided to get my business news exclusively from drive-thru employees from now on.” , tweeted a Mexican-themed restaurant customer.

More precisely, a multitude of complaints on social media pointed out a lack of beef, chicken, hot sauce and 10-inch tortillas in the Yum Brands division, which manages nearly 7,500 Taco Bells, most of them in the United States

“Taco Bell has a ‘district-wide hot sauce shortage… times are tough,” a customer tweeted. “For anyone craving Taco Bell tonight, I’ll spare you the ride, they haven’t. chicken or beef, national shortage or something like that. I just ate black beans in a hard shell, “complained another in a separate tweet.

Similar complaints were made on Reddit, with one person relaying, “They couldn’t make burritos because they were on 10″ tortillas, and none of the tacos had lettuce or tomato on them. I drove the drive and asked about it and they told me they were pretty much running out of anything that comes with fees. ”

Contacted for comment, Taco Bell declined to comment on which items were in short supply and what the extent of the problems might be.

“Due to domestic transport delays that occur in most sectors of the industry, we may temporarily run out of certain items. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to rekindle the current cravings of Taco Bell fans soon,” a the chain reported to CBS MoneyWatch in an emailed statement. .

That said, Yum Brands CEO David Gibbs recently spoke of the strong national appetite for chicken sandwiches amid a general tightening of the domestic poultry supply, saying in a results call at the end of April: ” Our main challenge has been to respond to this demand “.

Yum Brands isn’t the only one struggling to stock its restaurants. Chick-fil-A in May found itself rationing its dips at its 2,600 locations across the country, citing “industry-wide supply chain disruptions.”

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