Throughout July, the two largest fast-food players in the Philippines had a rather odd signage up on their restaurant doors—“No chicken here”. Neither McDonald’s nor Jollibee could stock stock Philippine Daily Inquirer Chicken shortage hits PH fast-food chains Read more their kitchens with enough poultry. The latter’s parent, Jollibee Group—which dominates the food industry with 18 restaurant brands—reported a similar situation with many of its other subsidiaries. Its Mang Inasal chain of restaurants only serves roasted chicken.
Poultry in motion
Why chicken-loving Philippines is staring at a chicken crisis
Plagued by pandemics and a global turmoil, chickens in the Philippines are struggling to make their way to dining tables
Chicken has been missing from Philippine fast-food chains, as export restrictions, inflation, and bird flu have taken their toll on the country’s poultry supply
A perfect storm of global factors, including Covid, Russia-Ukraine conflict, and Southeast Asia’s regional woes have caused ripple effects on local chicken supply, but the crisis runs deeper
Production struggles and imports in agricultural sectors have been brewing up trouble for chicken raisers for decades, and the problem poses persistent threat alongside global strife
Chickens and eggs will soon face crunch time, even after international headwinds improve