Some Wendy's are running out of burgers and pulling menu items as America faces an unprecedented beef shortage
- Some Wendy's locations are removing certain burgers — or all burgers — from the menu, as the chain runs short on beef.
- A Wendy's representative said that some menu items "may be temporarily limited at some restaurants," due to national beef shortages.
- Roughly 18% of Wendy's locations in the US are short on beef, according to Stephens analyst James Rutherford.
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Wendy's locations around the US are running out of burgers, as the country faces beef shortages.
Almost one in five Wendy's in the US is struggling with shortages, according to Stephens analyst James Rutherford who calculated that about 18% of locations are short on beef.
A Wendy's representative said in a statement to Business Insider that some menu items "may be temporarily limited at some restaurants," as people report that their local Wendy's locations are taking certain burgers — or all burgers — off of the menus.
People took to social media to question the lack of burgers at the chain, which is known for its fresh beef.
—Chris the curiously capricious (@FlBuckeyeChris) April 28, 2020
—Danny Wightman (@twit_it_do) May 3, 2020
—Jessica M Brown (@m_jessbrown77) May 4, 2020
Others said that some locations are only allowing customers to order single burgers, pulling the double off the menu.
— (@Chaskey66) May 4, 2020
—yelobiafra (@lordjefury) May 5, 2020
—Nathan Andrews (@nandrewswakc) May 4, 2020
"It is widely known that beef suppliers across North America are currently facing production challenges," a Wendy's representative said in a statement. "We continue to supply hamburgers to all of our restaurants, with deliveries two or three times a week, which is consistent with normal delivery schedules."
According to the representative, Wendy's has no plans to serve frozen hamburgers.
Restaurant Business reported that the chain's dedication to serving fresh beef is making it more difficult for Wendy's to source products necessary for burgers, at a time when beef output is down 25% from last year.
"If you're in a never-frozen beef program, you can't get ahead of this in any great way," David Maloni, executive vice president of analytics for Arrowstream told Restaurant Business's Jonathan Maze, saying shortages will likely impact any chain that sells a lot of hamburgers.
McDonald's has not seen a break in its supply chain, but announced internally last week that it would change how restaurants source meat to combat supply chain concerns. Restaurant Brands International CEO Jose Cil said last week that Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons did not have any issues with their meat supplies, but that the company was closely monitoring the situation.
Supply chains have been breaking down during the coronavirus pandemic, as workers in meat processing plants get sick with COVID-19, forcing plants to shutter and convincing employees who are worried about getting sick to stay home.
There have been 4,913 confirmed cases and 20 deaths from COVID-19 cases among workers at meat processing plants, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Friday. Experts say that meat processing plants are the next hotspots for coronavirus, following President Trump ordering plants to stay open to combat shortages.Read the original article on Business Insider
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