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Chicken to be destroyed following KFC fiasco

Chicken destined for KFC outlets will have to be destroyed as a result of supply problems caused by the fast food chain moving to a new delivery partner.

On Wednesday, The Guardian reported that DHL, which has taken over the contract from Bidvest Logistics, was storing the chicken in an unregistered cold store in Rugby. The local council confirmed that no chicken would be able to leave the site until it had been registered as a cold-storage facility.

KFC told the paper that this meant some poultry at the depot would have to be destroyed, adding that it was doing everything it could to avoid wastage.

Hundreds of KFC restaurants have been closed this week or operating a limited menu or shortened hours after the company experienced what it described as “teething problems” following a switch in its distribution contract to DHL.

As of Thursday morning it was being reported that around two thirds of restaurants were open although many were still offering limited menus.

The GMB Union, meanwhile, has demanded that KFC and DHL ensure workers are paid for the hours they have lost. “Our members in KFC franchises are missing out on shifts with no idea when their stores will reopen,” said Mick Rix, GMB national officer.