Kenyans on Twitter were furious on Monday after the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fast food store announced it was out of potatoes.
In a statement, KFC said Kenyans have loved their crisps during the holiday season, which they are now running out of.
The fast food store said that while working to solve the potato shortage, it will offer alternatives, including rolls and ugali.
“Fam, that was really a Furaha in December. Mlikula sherehe with your KFC favorites. You liked our chips a little too much, and we’re running out of them,” KFC tweeted.
” Sorry ! Our team is working hard to resolve the issue. In the meantime, here are some SWAP options for combo meals if you’re in the mood for our Kuku. ”
KFC, along with other fast food outlets, imported potatoes from overseas, “to meet international standards” from various franchises.
Potato production is also on the decline, with many countries reporting shortages in December 2021. The United States, Japan and South Africa are among the countries that have reported shortages.
According to Business Daily, KFC’s CEO for East Africa, Jacques Theunissen attributes the shortage to delays in shipping lines due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The ships have been delayed for over a month now, but we are working hard to restore them as the first containers arrive in the port tomorrow (Tuesday).”
The announcement, however, did not bode well with many Kenyans voicing disappointment, wondering why KFC couldn’t source potatoes locally.