Nando's CLOSES restaurants as delivery delays cause chicken shortages

Nando’s runs out of CHICKEN: Chain closes restaurants because of delivery delays and loans 70 members of staff to supplier factories to ‘get things moving again’

  • Chicken chain Nando’s is the latest restaurant struck down during ‘pingdemic’
  • Customers reported shortages and menu changes at its stores across the UK
  • Nando’s says it will temporarily provide 70 staff to its suppliers factories 

Nando’s has had to shut a number of its restaurants after staffing issues at its supply factories caused food shortages.

The popular chicken chain has become the latest restaurant to see its supply chain struck down during the ‘pingdemic’.  

Nando’s has said it will provide 70 staff to its suppliers’ factories to temporarily ease the pressure and reopen its affected restaurants. 

A spokesperson told the Sun: ‘Please bear with us whilst we do everything we can to get our famous PERi-PERi chicken back where it belongs – on your plates!’  

Disgruntled customers took to social media to bemoan their lack of chicken, as Nando’s said the ‘small number’ of restaurants that remain closed are set to reopen once deliveries arrive either Tuesday or Wednesday.  

The news comes after the Road Haulage Association warned that there was a shortage of 100,000 lorry drivers in the UK, which has been hampering deliveries of food from warehouses to supermarkets. 

Nando’s has said it will provide 70 staff to its suppliers’ factories to temporarily ease the pressure and reopen its affected restaurants

Nando’s has not yet confirmed the specific items affected by stock shortages, or when the disruption is likely to end.  

One person shared a picture of an attempted order on Deliveroo being cancelled because the Bradford Leisure Exchange restaurant was not ‘currently accepting orders’. 

Several other customers took to Twitter to complain of restaurant closures and menu changes, which were blamed on ‘unforeseen circumstances’. 

@Anasophiamills wrote: ‘Nando’s is closed and I’m not ok.’ 

The South American chicken chain opened its first UK restaurant in Ealing, London in 1992. 

But Nando’s wasn’t the only major fast food chain to be affected by Covid-19 – with Kentucky Fried Chicken stores across the UK seeing reduced menus last week after ‘operational issues’.

Disgruntled customers took to social media to bemoan their lack of chicken, as Nando’s said the ‘small number’ of restaurants that remain closed are set to reopen once deliveries arrive either Tuesday or Wednesday


Several people took to Twitter to complain of restaurant closures, which were blamed on ‘unforeseen circumstances’

Last week, the Army was placed on standby to cope with Britain’s food shortages caused by a lack of qualified truck drivers which has left many supermarket shelves bare in recent weeks.

Some 2,000 HGV drivers from the Royal Logistic Corps and other corps are reported to be on a five-day notice to help distribute food and other essential supplies, including medicine.

Industry leaders have been warning about driver shortages for months, branding it a ‘crisis of national importance.’

Empty supermarket shelves have been pictured across the country in recent weeks. 

Empty supermarket shelves have been pictured across the country in recent weeks (pictured: Morrisons in Edinburgh)

Dairy giant Arla said in June: ‘There is a real crunch this Summer because of Covid causing a backlog of new drivers passing their tests, changes to tax rules, some drivers from EU countries returning home, some others on furlough and other factors.’ (Pictured: Empty shelves in Sainsbury’s in Cambridgeshire) 

Dairy giant Arla said in June: ‘There is a real crunch this Summer because of Covid causing a backlog of new drivers passing their tests, changes to tax rules, some drivers from EU countries returning home, some others on furlough and other factors. 

‘Like many others in the industry we are seeing costs go up and we’re working hard to limit the effect this will have on prices.

‘There has been a growing shortage of haulage drivers for many years. It is really important that we attract many new drivers into the sector.’

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