Wendy’s Pulls Burgers off Menus Due to Meat Shortages
Since 1984 Wendy's signature catchphrase has always been, "Where's the beef?" Well, now it is 2020, we are in the middle of a global pandemic and that tagline has become a legitimate question. It was just announced that Wendy's will be pulling burgers off of their menus at some locations.
According to Today, there have been reports of meat shortages specifically in places like California, South Carolina and Kentucky. The coronavirus pandemic has completely disrupted the meat supply chain, with a lot of meat plants currently being closed. Not only that, there have been reports that over 5,000 people who work at these meat plants across 19 states have contracted the virus. According to Today, the meat plant closures across 119 different plants have stopped 25% of pork production and 10% of beef production in the U.S.
"Some of our menu items may be in short supply from time to time at some restaurants in this current environment,'' Wendy's said in a statement. "We expect this to be temporary, and we're working diligently to minimize the impact to our customers and restaurants."
Everyone knows that Wendy's prides themselves on having fresh never frozen meat, unlike other fast food restaurants who have their meat imported from overseas.
"What you see with this is less supplies and higher prices, and whether we're talking beef, pork, chicken, lamb, whatever your favorite is, we are already seeing really skyrocketing prices at wholesale for meat," David Anderson, a professor of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University said.
Many customers went on Twitter to express their frustration with Wendy's. The posted just how their local store notified them about the burgers being pulled off the menu.