New concerns about America’s food supply has caused Wendy's to become the latest company to feel the effects of a pandemic-triggered meat shortage.
Some of the popular fast-food chain's restaurants in the U.S. have temporarily pulled burgers from their menus due to beef shortages, reports Daily Mail.
At the end of April, supermarket executives warned that a meat shortage could hit its peak this month, with many stores facing elevated prices and empty shelves. Plant closures amid the coronavirus pandemic have led to dwindling supplies of steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, and cold cuts.
Wendy’s customers turned to social media to report that the hallmark beef burgers were no longer available for order, with some asking, “Where’s the beef?” — the chain's famous catchphrase in the 1980s.
Some users pointed out that only chicken items were available for takeout and delivery at certain locations.
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.
Wendy’s acknowledged the concerns in a statement, explaining that missing beef offerings on the menu stems from beef suppliers across North America who are facing "production challenges."
“We’re working diligently to minimize the impact to our customers and restaurants, and continue to work with our supplier partners to monitor this closely,” the statement read.