Chicken nuggets, french fries, and a fried chicken sandwich are arranged for a photo during an event ahead of the opening of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in New York, the United States, on Friday, October 2, 2015. Chick-Fil -A, the southern chicken sandwich chain that has attracted both controversy and copycat over the years, has finally arrived in New York City. The company will open a 465-square-foot, three-story restaurant in Manhattan’s Garment District, which will be the chain’s largest location in the nation. (Photographer: Michael Nagle / Bloomberg via Getty Images via CNN)
by: Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business
Posted: May 12, 2021 / 11:25 am EST / Updated: May 12, 2021 / 11:25 am EST
(CNN) – The shortage of supply chains has just increased: Chick-fil-A is putting a limit on the number of sauces being served to customers due to limited inventory.
The Chicken Chain said on Wednesday that industry-wide supply chain problems, which affect essentially all aspects of the economy, have resulted in a “shortage of select items” that Chick-fil-A sells, including sauces.
In response, Chick-fil-A only gives its customers one dip sauce cup per item ordered in many of its 2,600 US restaurants.
“We are actively working to make adjustments to resolve this issue quickly and apologize to our guests for any inconvenience,” the company said in a statement.
The chain said it was working to fix the sauce supply issues as soon as possible.
Fast food restaurants have been particularly hard hit by labor shortages and supply chain problems in recent months. For example, ketchup parcels have become scarce due to increased demand. Heinz recently announced a 25% increase in production.
The fried chicken wars put a strain on the poultry population. Big chains, including KFC, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Wingstop, are paying “high prices” for chicken, and suppliers are struggling to maintain demand as it is difficult to attract workers.
Fortunately for Chick-fil-A, the company says it is not affected by the chicken shortage.