Taco Bell facing supply shortages

Will Kreznick

They’ve gone from “Live Mas” to “Live Menos!” Taco Bell appears to be the latest fast-food joint to get hit by nationwide supply shortages. The company, headquartered in California, warned customers that it may be out of certain dishes “Due to national ingredient shortages and delivery delays,” according to a […]

They’ve gone from “Live Mas” to “Live Menos!”

Taco Bell appears to be the latest fast-food joint to get hit by nationwide supply shortages.

The company, headquartered in California, warned customers that it may be out of certain dishes “Due to national ingredient shortages and delivery delays,” according to a banner message on its website.

It’s unclear which specific ingredients have run dry or how widespread the issue is — but hangry customers have been taking notice.

“Taco Bell employee told me there was a ‘national shortage of everything right now,’ and I have decided to get my economic news exclusively from drive-thru employees from now on,” one person wrote on Twitter Monday.

A user from Michigan said that her Taco Bell was out of chicken and beef, adding, “i just ate black beans in a hard shell. was not worth it.”

One customer on Reddit wrote that his local eatery “couldn’t make any burritos since they were out of 10″ tortillas, and none of the tacos had lettuce or tomato on them.”

“I went back through the drive through and asked about it and they said they are out of pretty much anything that comes fresh.”

Taco Bell has warned customers that some menu items may be unavailable due to the ingredient shortages.
Taco Bell has warned customers that some menu items may be unavailable due to the ingredient shortages.
Christopher Sadowski

The chain didn’t provide additional details, saying only that “due to national transportation delays happening throughout most of the industry, we may temporarily be out of some items.”

“Apologies for the inconvenience and we hope to feed fans’ current Taco Bell cravings again soon,” the statement added.

The culinary cutback comes as the US is hit by a scarcity of poultry caused by pandemic safety measures and a surge in demand for recently released fried chicken sandwiches at several fast food chains, including KFC.

In May, Chick-fil-A said it would limit the number of condiments allowed per customer amid the industry-wide supply shortage.

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