The vegetable shortage is the latest crisis to hit the country’s food supply this year and marks the second time KFC has run out of groceries for some of its most popular products.
Earlier this year, a chicken shortage caused by a Covid outbreak at the country’s biggest supplier forced the fast-food chain to downsize its menu.
Like the rest of the world, Australia is still grappling with pandemic-related supply chain issues and ongoing labor shortages.
Russia’s war in Ukraine has exacerbated supply problems and pushed up the cost of essential agricultural commodities like fuel and fertilizer.
Australia, a major food exporter, has also been hit by extreme weather including severe flooding that has wreaked havoc in Sydney and across the east coast.
The crisis has helped boost inflation, with consumer prices rising 5.1 percent in the first quarter – the strongest growth rate in two decades.
Earlier today the Reserve Bank of Australia shocked markets with a huge rate hike.
The half-percentage-point increase, which was twice as much as expected, comes as newly-elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese tries to accept rising prices.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/06/07/cabbage-replace-lettuce-kfc-burgers/ KFC to replace lettuce with cabbage