Wendy’s has found the beef.
After having pulled hamburgers from some of their restaurants amid meat shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fast-food chain announced they are almost back to their regular supply levels of beef.
“As previously disclosed, the company experienced disruptions to its beef supply beginning in early May as beef suppliers across North America faced production challenges,” Wendy’s said in a statement. “As a result, some menu items were occasionally in short supply at some Wendy's system restaurants.”
To alleviate the focus on red meat, the company shifted its marketing efforts to highlight their chicken menu items. But now beef-loving fans of Wendy’s “fresh, never frozen” burgers can rejoice once again.
“At this point in time, beef supply has returned to near-normal levels across the Wendy's system,” the chain said.
Back in May, Bloomberg News reported the chain's burger outages at several locations in California. There were other reports in New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Michigan, and South Carolina.
It was estimated that up to 18% of Wendy’s over 5800 locations across the US removed burgers from the menu as beef suppliers faced shortages due to the spread of COVID-19.
Plant closures amid the pandemic led to dwindling supplies of steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, and cold cuts in supermarkets across the nation. Some experts believe the shortages could last through the summer.
After closing dining rooms in March, Wendy’s is beginning to reopen the eating areas at their locations in a phased approach in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines.
According to CNN, 99% of the chain’s restaurants are open, with the majority offering drive-thru, take-out and delivery.