- Convenience stores in Japan such as 7-Eleven and Family Mart are facing a shortage of fried chicken to serve customers on traditional holidays.
- KFC Japan buys chicken from domestic chicken farms, so they are not affected by the supply disruption.
Convenience stores in Japan such as 7-Eleven and Family Mart are facing a shortage of fried chicken to serve customers on traditional holidays. The reason is that the factory in Thailand, also one of the major chicken producers in the world, was forced to close after the number of coronavirus infections in Thailand spiked in recent months.
A spokesman for Seven & i Holdings Co., which operates a convenience store chain in Japan, said that 7-Eleven has had to temporarily stop selling fried chicken since the end of September in some areas of Japan due to a lack of food. material supply disruption in Thailand. The company has not been able to fully resume its fried chicken business, she added, despite efforts to improve supply shortages. On the side of FamilyMart Co. There are no further comments on this matter.
Some consumers in Japan have taken to social media to complain that it’s hard to find their favorite fried chicken at convenience stores, including FamilyMart’s signature Famichiki. Some users shared the store’s announcement that Famichiki chicken was in short supply due to lack of output from the producing country and asked customers to “please wait a little longer”.
It is known that every Christmas, millions of Japanese people treat themselves to a meal of fried chicken and it has become a traditional cultural feature in this country. A popular choice is to purchase buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken at KFC stores. A representative of KFC Japan said that on Christmas Eve, sales will be the highest by more than 10 times compared to the year.
Unlike 7-Eleven or FamilyMart, a spokesman for KFC Japan said that the company has been preparing for Christmas for a year, actively supplying from domestic chicken farms, so KFC Japan is not affected by supply disruptions.