Astral Foods says it is battling to keep up with the demand for chicken at fast food restaurants due to load-shedding. The poultry producer admitted to supply constraints after several KFC outlets closed their doors temporarily amid chicken shortages. The operational disruptions at the company are estimated at R126-million in the financial year ending in September 2022 due to power cuts. CEO Chris Schutte said the group further expected market conditions to deteriorate amid the general decay of municipal infrastructure. He said it has become more expensive to produce chicken in the country.
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