Outrage over KFC’s lettuce movement

Customers have stated via social media that they are “not happy with Jan” after KFC made a controversial change to their burgers.

Customers have stated via social media that they are “not happy with Jan” after KFC made a controversial change to their burgers.

The iconic fast food chain informed diners earlier this month that their menu items would include a “temporary mix” of cabbage and lettuce because Australia’s current shortage of leafy vegetables

“We have hit an iceberg and are currently experiencing disruptions in the lettuce supply chain,” they said in an update on their website.

“This means you can see a temporary mix of lettuce and cabbage in all KFC restaurants except those in NT&SA… We are working with our multiple suppliers to support them, but we expect the disruptions in the coming days. will persist.

“Apologies for the inconvenience caused, we appreciate you all being Little Gems as we work to get things back to normal as soon as possible.”

The establishment’s regulars haven’t quite got it though, with one going viral in a TikTok show their half-eaten burger.

The user — whose clip has garnered 15,000 likes and more than 500 comments — posted a video about Deborah Kennedy’s iconic Yellow Pages ad, yelling, “Not happy Jan.”

Dozens of people in the comments echoed the sentiment, writing that “nobody likes cabbage.”

“Cabbage is bitter,” one complained, while another wondered, “First the tomato, now the lettuce?! What now, cheese?”

One user who identified himself as “a KFC employee” apologized for the cabbage and lettuce mix, writing “it’s because of the flooding, we’re sorry :(“.

However, not everyone agreed that the salad change on the burgers was that bad.

“Literally tastes the same,” one commented, while another agreed, “It tastes the same, I’m not complaining”.

Some even went so far as to claim that KFC tasted? better as result.

“I appreciate it, it gives a nice crunch instead of the soggy yellow lettuce paste they’ve been using for years,” commented one person.

“Make it taste better, what are you whining about,” wrote a second.

While a third also added that they “actually prefer it with cabbage, it’s nice and crunchy”.

Subway, Red Rooster and Porto have also made the switch, with the last two told news.com.au last week that because of the nationwide lettuce shortage, they “temporarily used a mixture of lettuce and cabbage in some menu items.”

For now, McDonald’s Australia has said it will remain unaffected by the disaster, saying in a statement that they are “working closely with our suppliers to continue serving our full menu to customers”.

The price of lettuce has skyrocketed in recent months — up to $12 for just one iceberg in some parts of the country — with Victorian lettuce grower and president of the Australian vegetable growers’ trade association AUSVEG Bill Bulmer telling 3AW that the price increases will not stop soon.

Mr Bulmer explained that the devastating floods in Queensland were the main reason for the shortages, wiping out about 80 per cent of the lettuce crop.

“We have been bombarded by La Nina for the past 12 months,” he told the radio station.

“Australia’s main lettuce growing region at this time of year is outside Brisbane in the Gatton region and has been affected by flooding in both February and May.

“In normal times, you would probably see $1.50 to $2.50 lettuce in the supermarket right now,” added Mr. Bulmer.

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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