KFC said it’s working with new logistical partner Deutsche Post AG to solve a problem that began over the weekend, leaving only 430 British shops with any chicken to cook as of Tuesday. About 80 percent of the brand’s U.K. eateries are franchised.
“We anticipate the number of closures will reduce today and over the coming days,” KFC said in an emailed statement Tuesday. “However, we expect the disruption to some restaurants to continue over the remainder of the week, meaning some will be closed and others operating with a reduced menu or shortened hours.”
KFC overhauled its U.K. chicken supply chain in November by replacing logistics provider Bidvest Group Ltd. with Deutsche Post’s DHL, better known for delivering books and toys to online shoppers’ homes. At the time, the new supplier described the partnership as “groundbreaking” and said it was “committed to setting a new industry benchmark” in service.