Lettuce be grateful: shortage forces Oz KFC to put cabbage in burgers
Food inflation due to supply chain disruptions and Ukraine conflict has not spared the fast food industry
Australia is facing a lettuce shortage that has led to soaring prices and even spurred fast food giant KFC to put cabbage in its burgers.
The company notified customers that it will use a blend of lettuce and cabbage throughout its restaurants, citing supply chain disruptions after heavy flooding across the east coast wiped out much of the lettuce crop earlier in the year.
Australian consumers have also been hit with exorbitant prices for the humble salad ingredient in the grocery aisles. Shoppers are venting on social media about paying about A$12 (R133) for a head of iceberg lettuce, as well as steeper prices for other produce, with costs upward of A$25 (R277) for a watermelon. ..