Chiswick’s branch of Nando’s has been forced to close temporarily due to supply-chain issues, which have caused nationwide chicken shortages.
The peri-peri chicken restaurant chain has shuttered a tenth of its outlets around the UK, including several restaurants in west London. Kensington High Street, Notting Hill, Chiswick, Earl’s Court and Gloucester Road are just some restaurants which have also been forced to close.
Nando’s said 45 of its 450 restaurants were currently closed, but added they were hopeful all restaurants would reopened by Saturday.
Signs on the Chiswick branch’s door say:
‘Sorry, we’re currently closed. For now head to nandos.co.uk to find your nearest restaurant to order for Collect or Delivery.’
The chain blamed the need to shutter outlets on covid-related staffing issues at its suppliers’ factories as well as a shortage of HGV lorry drivers. The company also told customers online that shortages have been caused by staff “isolation periods” and suppliers “struggling to keep up with demand”.
Brexit a significant factor in shortages, says chicken supply boss
Ranjit Singh Boparan, CEO of 2 Sisters Food Group, which is the country’s largest supplier of chicken, said the country’s supply of chicken and turkey was “under threat” due to labour shortages linked to Brexit and soaring ingredient costs. He has previously warned the so-called “pingdemic” was masking other issues.
Speaking in July, Boparan said that in the second half of 2021:
“the operating environment has deteriorated so profoundly I can see no other outcome than major food shortages in the UK”.
Warning that chicken supplies were at “crisis point”, he said Brexit had reduced staff available to the sector significantly, with his 16,000-strong workforce facing a 15% shortage, adding:
“The critical labour issue alone means we walk a tightrope every week at the moment.
“We’re just about coping, but I can see if no support is forthcoming – and urgently – from government, then shelves will be empty, food waste will rocket simply because it cannot be processed, or delivered, and the shortages we saw last year will be peanuts in comparison to what could come.”
A Nando’s spokesperson said:
“The UK food industry has been experiencing disruption across its supply chain in recent weeks due to staff shortages and Covid isolations, and a number of our restaurants have been impacted.”
Nando’s also Tweeted this on 17 August:
The UK supply chain is having a bit of a ‘mare right now. This is having a knock-on effect with some of our restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales. We are doing everything we can to get the PERi-PERi back where it belongs – on your plates!
— Nando's (@NandosUK) August 17, 2021
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