Taco Bell Warns Customers About Potential Menu Disruptions: Here’s Why

by Emily Morgan

It looks like there’s trouble ahead for Taco Bell.

Fans of the fast-food chain may get some bad news as their menu appears to be dwindling. Recently, Taco Bell warned its customers that they might not fulfill their fans’ taco hankerings.

If you head to their website, the chain apologizes to their customers in an orange banner atop its page. The company writes: “Sorry if we can’t feed your current craving. Due to national ingredient shortages and delivery delays, we may be out of some items.”

After the announcement, fans of the fourth meal chain aired their grievances with Taco Bell via social media posts. “Taco Bell employee told me there was a ‘national shortage of everything right now,’ and I have decided to get my economic news exclusively from drive-thru employees from now on,” tweeted one consumer of the Mexican-food eatery.

Most of the complaints noted a lack of beef, chicken, hot sauce, and 10-inch tortillas at the Yum Brands division. The company operates nearly 7,500 Taco Bells, primarily in the U.S.

“Taco Bell has a ‘district-wide shortage of hot sauce…times are tough,” tweeted one patron. “For anyone craving Taco Bell tonight, I’ll save you the drive, they don’t have chicken or beef, national shortage, or something. I just ate black beans in a hard shell,” complained another in a tweet.

Supply Shortage at Taco Bell Has Fans Sounding off Online

On Reddit, users posted similar complaints. One person grumbled: “They couldn’t make any burritos since they were out of 10″ tortillas. And none of the tacos had lettuce or tomato on them. I went back through the drive-thru and asked about it, and they said they are pretty much out of anything that comes fresh.”

When outlets asked for a comment, Taco Bell declined to note what items were in short supply. More so, the company failed to indicate how widespread the problem is at the moment.

“Due to national transportation delays happening throughout most of the industry, we may temporarily be out of some items. Apologies for the inconvenience, and we hope to feed fans’ current Taco Bell cravings again soon,” the restaurant told CBS.

Yum Brands CEO David Gibbs spoke about the ongoing chicken sandwich wars, saying it’s led to a tightening in poultry supply. He said in late April, “Our main challenge has been keeping up with that demand.”

In addition to Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A had to ration its dipping sauces at its 2,600 locations across the country. The beloved chicken chain cited “industrywide supply chain disruptions” as the reason for the rationing.

For the past several months, restaurants across the country have been beholden to tight supplies. The industry was also hit hard by labor shortages.