Nando’s forced to close stores after running out of food over delivery delays

Nando's has been forced to close several of its restaurants after running out of food.

Other branches are staying open – but with reduced hours.

The popular restaurant chain, known for its peri-peri chicken, claims the problem was because of shortages of its supplier staff, The Mirror reports.

Nando's was not able to confirm how many of its outlets were affected.

But the firm's Twitter account has announced that branches at Braintree, Camberley, Coventry Arena, Eltham, Enfield, Shrewsbury, and Telford are all closed today.

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 a number of our restaurants have been impacted.

"However, we can confirm that from today Nando’s will be lending seventy of our brilliant team members to support our key suppliers – working in partnership to help get things moving again."

The spokesperson added this should have "a positive impact on the affected restaurants very soon".

Last week fried chicken restaurant KFC warned customers that there may be food shortages in some of its restaurants following weeks of "disruption".

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The fried chicken giant took to Twitter, where it posted an announcement to say customers may find "some items aren’t available" and its packaging "may look different".

KFC has not said which items on its menu may be limited as a result of the shortages, or how many restaurants are affected.

It also hasn't confirmed specifically what has caused the disruption.

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However, the shortage of HGV drivers in recent weeks have affected food supplies across supermarkets and retailers.

Back in 2018, KFC made headlines when it ran out of chicken and had to close 600 branches across the UK as a result.

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At the time, the company blamed problems with the new delivery firm DHL.

The police were even forced to issue a statement after customers called 999 to report the shortages.

There is currently an estimated shortfall of 100,000 lorry drivers, an issue that has been exasperated in recent weeks due to the so-called "pingdemic".

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