Chick-fil-A’s announcement that it will be limiting its popular sauce packets has inspired many customers to take to social media to sell their sauces and add a dash of hilarity to the conversation.
The chain recently announced that, ‘Due to industry-wide shortages, we are currently limiting the number of sauces provided.’
Customers will be limited to one sauce per entrée, two sauces per meal, and three sauces for a 30-count of nuggets.
Since the news broke, people have been filling the Internet with jokes and memes.
The Babylon Bee, a satirical website, joked about repurposing the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline for the purpose of sauce distribution.
‘The new pipeline project is expected to create 25,000 new jobs and deplete the world’s reserves of natural smoke flavor, caramel color, and xanthan gum,’ the website wrote.
Satirical website The Babylon Bee suggested repurposing the Keystone XL Pipeline to move Chick-fil-A sauce
Chick-fil-A is frustrating customers by limiting the amount of sauces they give out
‘The @ChickfilA app just limited me to 1 sauce per item,’ Steven Messina tweeted, before adding this line about the gas pipeline problems that has resulted in shortages at the pumps in the south: ‘This is a far more serious supply chain indicator than anything in the news.’
Neal Surrena tweeted, ‘me and my wife going to Chick-fil-A to snag as many sauces as we can before the shortage hits,’ complete with the viral picture of people filling up gas cannisters.
Jake Lowary figured it was a good time to get in on the NFT craze, asking, ‘Is the Chick Fil A sauce in my fridge an NFT now?’
Other users turned to cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dragonball Z to paint a picture of their displeasure.
‘I dip my chick-fil-a in gasoline so I’m doubly screwed today,’ Noam Blum tweeted.
‘Joe Biden also canceled the Chick-fil-A sauce pipeline?’ Matt Schlapp asked.
Even rival chain Zaxby’s got in on the act, telling Chick-fil-A to ‘give us the addy and we’ll send zax sauce.’
A statement from Chick-fil-A further explains that there are ‘supply chain disruptions’ affecting the entire industry.
‘Due to industry-wide supply chain disruptions, some Chick-fil-A restaurants are experiencing a shortage of select items, like sauces,’ a spokesperson for the company told The Hill.
It’s not clear how long the new limits will be in place, though Chick-fil-A hopes that the sauce shortage will be fixed as quickly as possible.
‘We are actively working to make adjustments to solve this issue quickly and apologize to our Guests for any inconvenience.’
Chick-fil-A is limiting their customers to one sauce per entrée, at least temporarily
Chick-fil-A distributes a number of sauces: Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Sauce, Barbeque Sauce, Zesty Buffalo Sauce, Garden Herb Ranch Sauce, Honey Mustard Sauce, Polynesian Sauce, and fan-favorite Chick-fil-A sauce.
The new rules about sauce distribution will likely apply to all of the company’s sauces.
There is also a banner on the company’s website about ‘Industrywide Supply Chain Shortages,’ which has been live for a week.
‘Due to industrywide supply chain shortages, some items, like sauces, may be unavailable. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience,’ the statement reads.
The issue is not related to another shortage, the gas shortage, which came about due to a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline last week.
The issue likely has more to do with the labor shortages that have gripped the industry.
Issues persist across the supply chain, increasing prices and decreasing output at all levels.
In August, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union painted a dire view of the 1.3 million grocery, meatpacking, and food processing workers it represents.
‘Frontline workers across the food supply chain have been putting themselves in harm’s way to help put food on the plates of all Americans every day of this pandemic,’ UFCW International President Marc Perrone said in a statement.
The fast food industry was already contending with a ketchup shortage
Perrone also stated that the food supply chain could be endangered by the COVID-19 virus and politicians’ reactions to it.
‘Every day, more of our country’s frontline food workers are getting sick and dying from this terrible virus. Our elected leaders must act to protect these workers and keep our food supply chain secure. We cannot wait any longer.’
The sauce was still available on shelves at retail stores where it’s sold, according to PennLive.
Dates in the Chicken Sandwich Wars
August 2019 – Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken debuts its fried chicken sandwich
May 2020 – KFC upgrades its chicken sandwich, with plans to go national
October 2020 – Church’s debuts it’s Church’s Chicken Sandwich
October 2020 – Wendy’s upgrades its Classic Chicken Sandwich
October 2020 – Zaxby’s introduces its Signature Chicken Sandwich
December 2020 – Jack in the Box introduces its Cluck Sandwich
January 2021 – Carl’s Jr. introduces a BLT Ranch Big Chicken Sandwich
January 2021 – Shake Shack introduces its Korean-style Fried Chick’n Sandwich
February 2021 – McDonald’s releases its Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Source: Restaurant Business Online
The fast food industry was already contending with a ketchup shortage created by demand for the product during the pandemic.
CNN Business reports that Heinz had to kick up production on the condiment by 25 percent to meet demand after supply shortages.
There is also a chicken shortage affecting some fast food restaurants, though Chick-fil-A has not been impacted by that to this point.
It’s a continuation of a trend kicked off in 2019 when Popeye’s debuted a new chicken sandwich and set of a social media-fueled stampede for the cluckers – and eventually a game of catch-up among its competitors.
People cooped up inside on lockdown are helping drive the demand, industry-watchers said, as they seek comfort food or a quick meal. Meanwhile, the big winter storm that caused power outages in Texas earlier this year took some chicken producers offline for a while, denting supply.
Since the Popeye’s release, more than 40 chains have introduced their own versions of the chicken sandwich, including KFC, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and even Taco Bell and Cinnabon.
Chick-fil-A announced that sales soared 13 per cent last year, and McDonald’s officials saying the demand for their crispy chicken sandwich is higher than they expected.
As some companies struggle to fill out their workforce, the restaurant industry has been put under a harsh spotlight.
Workers claim that poor labor practices are driving potential employees away from working for restaurants.
‘It’s stressful working for a billion-dollar company when they’re not caring for the workers,’ McDonald’s employee Leshia Townsend told ABC News.
Fast food restaurants across the nation have been forced to reduce hours or close as more and more workers have turned away from the industry, faced with long hours and questionable conditions during a deadly pandemic.
There are more than 2,600 Chick-fil-A locations currently operating within the United States.