Fried chicken sandwich wars partly to blame for nationwide chicken shortage

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The time to finally try the various fried chicken sandwiches that have dominated the food world over the past year is now.

While reporting earnings this past week, top chicken company executives from KFC to Wingstop discussed their role in a chicken shortage that is impacting restaurants nationwide, Fox Business reports.

The shortage is mainly due to a meat-processing slowdown caused by coronavirus safety regulations, as well as a recent surge in demand for chicken as more fast-food chains add the beloved sandwiches to their menu.

"Demand for the new sandwich has been so strong that, coupled with general tightening in domestic chicken supply, our main challenge has been keeping up with that demand," David Gibbs, CEO of Yum Brands, said Wednesday on a conference call with investors.

KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands, rolled out a new fried chicken sandwich in January.