American fast-food restaurant chain KFC on Monday, January 3, 2021, announced that it had run out of potato chips, following extensive orders by Kenyans during the festive period.
KFC, formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, has been importing its potatoes from the Netherlands, South Africa and Egypt.
In a social media post, KFC indicated that the shortage was orchestrated by “excess” orders during the festive period.
“Fam it was truly a Furaha December. Mlikula sherehe and enjoyment with all your KFC faves. Ya’ll loved our chips a little too much, and we’ve run out. Sorry! Our team is working hard to resolve the issue. In the meantime, we’ve proposed some SWAP options for combo meals if you are craving some of our Kuku,” KFC said in a statement posted on its social media pages.
Following the shortage, KFC opted to offer alternatives to its customers, including ugali, which is to a greater extend regarded as a staple food for Kenyans.
KFC opened its first branch in Kenya on August 12, 2011, in Nairobi, with its main competitors being various South African fast-food brands, including Steers and Debonairs.