No poultry shortage but some McDonald’s branches unable to serve chicken

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SAN FERNANDO, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 18: Customers queue at a McDonald’s restaurant during the launch of the BTS Meal on June 18, 2021 in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
SAN FERNANDO, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 18: Customers queue at a McDonald’s restaurant during the launch of the BTS Meal on June 18, 2021 in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

Despite assurances that they don’t have a chicken shortage, some McDonald’s branches in the Philippines are unable to serve its famous chicken meals because of a surge in demand, while other resources don’t meet standards, a corporate official said.

In a phone interview, McDonald’s Philippines corporate communications director Adi Hernandez said that while they “continue to serve chicken,” there are “certain” stores that temporarily don’t sell chicken.

Hernandez said that the fast-food chain still has to uphold certain standards for its products even if there is no shortage of poultry supply.

The United Broiler Raisers Association has earlier acknowledged that the current supply of chicken in the country is smaller than in previous batches due to rising feed costs and the humid temperature in the country.

UBRA chairman Gregorio San Diego, in an interview with CNN Philippines, said that local poultry raisers have reduced production by 30% during the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 amid low demand and an influx of chicken imports.

"Naging conservative kami sa production (We turned conservative regarding production). Even before [this] war of Ukraine, lagi kaming nag-iingat... tumaas ang presyo ng feeds (we are always cautious... the price of feeds also went up)," San Diego said.

"Lalong natakot yung marami sa amin na mag-alaga kasi ang laki ng puhunan mo ngayon, paano kung nalugi ka? (More members are afraid to raise chickens because the capital needed is so high, what if you end up losing all that money?)," he added.

Whole chicken prices in Manila have risen 25% to P200 ($3.75) since the start of the year, according to data from the Agriculture department.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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