More fast food restaurants have announced menu changes amid Australian food shortages, but one popular chain has not been affected.
Two more fast food chains have been forced to change menus due to the rising cost of vegetables in Australia, but one popular restaurant has not been affected.
Red Rooster and Porto told news.com.au that because of: nationwide lettuce shortages both restaurants “temporarily use a mix of lettuce and cabbage in some menu items”.
The dramatic move comes after Subway and KFC made similar changes after recent floods in Queensland and NSW sent lettuce prices soaring, by as much as $12 each.
However, McDonald’s Australia has confirmed that it is not currently affected by the spiral lettuce disaster, telling news.com.au: “We are working closely with our suppliers to continue serving our full menu to customers.”
Red Rooster warned consumers about the menu change with a humorous post on Instagram on Thursday evening, which was met with mixed reactions.
“The boss just called to find out…” a series of photos of reads.
“Due to the recent floods, there is a shortage of chlorophyll.
“As a result, we will temporarily use a blend of lettuce and cabbage until further notice.”
Red Rooster ended with the announcement’s caption, “We never slaw this coming.”
While many of the chicken giant’s 22,400 followers saw the funny side and joined in with their own puns in the comments sections, others were outraged.
“There is no shortage here, they are only $12 each!!!!” one user, who doesn’t seem to understand the situation, wrote.
“Cringe, it’s not like you can’t get lettuce,” raged another.
Not everyone was upset though, some shed light on the spiraling situation, including this cracker: “COS it can’t get any worse.”
Others even urged Red Rooster to “keep the cabbage permanently.”
Many KFC fans were also frustrated with the recent decision to switch to the cabbage and lettuce mix, with some calling it “an odd choice.”
“The fact that you’re replacing lettuce with cabbage makes me think about my entire meal at KFC. There are four or five other things I would eat before cabbage. It’s such a weird choice,” one person tweeted.
“Feels like a sign of the apocalypse,” said another.
Subway then followed, becoming the second fast food chain to make the big change to its famous sandwiches.
Officially, the menu changes are “temporary,” but experts have warned that the vegetable shortage — which currently also affects bell peppers and spinach — could persist for at least the next three months.
Bill Bulmer, Victorian lettuce grower and president of the Australian Vegetable Growers’ Trade Association, AUSVEG, told 3AW another vegetable would soon also be added to the list of vegetables that are in short supply.
“Then the looming shortage in the spring will probably be onions,” he said on Tuesday.
As we have seen with lettuce, a shortage of onions will drive up prices for the vegetable.
Supermarket giant Woolworths has also informed customers that there is a slight disruption to some other vegetables, including Lebanese cucumbers, kale, fresh herbs, zucchini, beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, berries, broccoli and spinach.
Mr Bulmer explained that the devastating floods in Queensland were the main cause of these shortages, wiping out about 80 per cent of the lettuce crop.
“We have been harassed by La Nina for the past 12 months. Australia’s main lettuce growing region at this time of year is outside Brisbane in the Gatton area and they have been affected by flooding in both February and May,” he told the radio station.
“In normal times, you would probably see $1.50 to $2.50 lettuce in the grocery store right now.”
The AUSVEG chairman said he wouldn’t even bother buying a lettuce in the supermarket right now because of the price hikes.
“I’ve heard prices ranging from $10 to $12. It’s a supply and demand issue,” he says.
“There are bags of lettuce here and there all over Australia, but as I said, most of it comes from the Gatton area this time of year.
“People who want them pay for them.”
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