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McDonald’s remains confident in its meat supply

Burger King, Dairy Queen and McDonalds fast food restaurants on the same block in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Burger King, Dairy Queen and McDonalds fast food restaurants on the same block in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Nati Harnik, Associated Press

McDonald’s remains confident that it will continue to feed customers and communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic even as a meat shortage has hit the food industry.

Chris Kempczinski, the CEO of McDonald’s, appeared on “Good Morning America” on Thursday to talk about the beef and pork supply shortages plaguing the country.

“We’ve got an amazing group of suppliers and amazing supply chain team,” he said. “For us really what’s been incredible is just through this entire pandemic we haven’t had a supply chain break anywhere in all 40,000 restaurants around the globe.”

He added, “That said, in the U.S. And North America, you know, we’re watching very closely this meat supply issue. It’s particularly an issue with beef. Right now we feel good about our situation, but it really is a day-to-day status and we’re monitoring it but, again, we feel pretty good about where we’re at right now.”

McDonald’s has worked to help front-line workers during the coronavirus pandemic, offering free meals to those workers through pandemic relief, as the Deseret News reported.

Meanwhile, Wendy’s announced some menu items might not be available at certain stores because of the meat shortage, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

“Some of our menu items may be in short supply from time to time at some restaurants in this current environment. We expect this to be temporary, and we’re working diligently to minimize the impact to our customers and restaurants,” Wendy’s said in a statement, according to Restaurant Business.

Analysts suggest 1 in 5 Wendy’s restaurants might be without beef products.

Wendy’s relies of fresh beef for its meals, which makes it “more exposed” to the shortage, according to CNN.

“We’re working diligently to minimize the impact to our customers and restaurants, and continue to work with our supplier partners to monitor this closely,” a Wendy’s spokesperson said, according to CNN.