Meat Shortages Leave Wendy’s Diners Asking, ‘Where’s the Beef?’

by | May 5, 2020

Arby’s may have the meats, but Wendy’s sure doesn’t. With meat shortages roiling the U.S., some Wendy’s restaurants have taken burgers — their hallmark item — off the menu.

Around 18%, of Wendy’s 5,500 US restaurants are not serving any hamburgers or other meat-based items, according to an analysis of online menus at every location conducted by financial firm Stephens.

Where’s the beef?: Many meat suppliers have temporarily closed their factories because workers are falling ill from Covid-19. Wendy’s is “more exposed” to the shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic because of its reliance on fresh beef compared with its competitors.

Wendy’s online menus have shifted in recent days: They are emphasizing chicken sandwiches.

Stephens analyst James Rutherford doesn’t expect the beef shortages to hurt Wendy’s profits if the shortage is fixed quickly.

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