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KFC Kenya runs out of imported fries, now considers local suppliers ‘who meet standards’

Fast food chain KFC has suffered a shortage of French fries at its outlets in Kenya following delays in delivery from its overseas suppliers, forcing it to offer customers alternative food items in place of French fries.

The firm’s Chief Executive for East Africa, Jacques Theunissen told the Business Daily Monday that the shortage of chips, as they are locally known, was due to a hitch in global supply of potatoes. “It has to do with delays in shipping lines due to the Covid situation. Ships have been delayed for more than a month now, but we are working hard to restore it as the first containers are arriving in the port tomorrow (today),” said Mr Theunissen.

KFC, which operates locally through franchisee Kuku Foods East Africa, does not source potatoes locally due to ‘global quality standards’.

But, as Bonface Otieno reports for the Business Daily, in an apparent U-turn, KFC said Tuesday that “although we currently import our French fries, there is an opportunity to source the potatoes from a local supplier that meets the global KFC quality and safety specifications in the near future.” He did not, however, specify the global quality and safety standards a potential supplier in Kenya must meet.

The shortage of fries and the fact that KFC does not source potatoes locally caused an uproar from Kenyans who expressed their dismay on social media.

Tuesday, the National Potato Council of Kenya CEO Wachira Kaguongo said KFC should consider creating synergies with local suppliers to allow them to source potatoes from Kenyan farmers. He said that KFC should introduce the potato varieties they want in Kenya so that farmers can grow it for future supply.

Source: Business Daily. Read the full story here
Related: AFP via Breitbart: Furore over KFC Kenya fries fiasco
Photo: A KFC outlet in Nairobi. Courtesy Business Daily | NMG
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