Don’t Worry, Chick-fil-A’s Sauce Packet Shortage Is Only Affecting Certain Restaurants

But if your local spot is running low, there’s an easy way to fix it.

May 12, 2021


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Another shortage is impacting the food industry. This time, the sparse items in question are sauce packets from Chick-fil-A.

Word of a sauce shortage began circulating after an email apparently from a West Virginia Chick-fil-A owner stated that sauce packets for customers should be limited. The restrictions included one sauce packet per entrée, two sauce packets for every meal and three sauce packets for each 30-piece order of chicken nuggets.

Additionally, a Reddit user shared what appeared to be instructions for a Chick-fil-A team regarding sauce packet distribution, seemingly limiting sauce packets to four per meal.

While Chick-fil-A locations across the country haven’t been impacted by the ongoing chicken shortage, many outposts are experiencing sauce-related supply issues. This means that customers at many locations may find that they are only receiving one dipping sauce cup per entrée ordered, instead of several more.

However, a Chick-fil-A rep told Food Network that limits placed on sauce consumption are directives from specific restaurant operators to their team members, and not a company-wide mandate. The rep also noted that Chick-fil-A employees are doing the best they can to ensure customers have the sauces they want and are working to resolve any supply issues as quickly as possible.

“Due to industry-wide supply chain disruptions, some Chick-fil-A restaurants are experiencing a shortage of select items, like sauces,” the rep told Food Network in a statement. “We are actively working to make adjustments to solve this issue quickly and apologize to our guests for any inconvenience.”

This Chick-fil-A sauce shortage follows a string of recent food shortages that have been another unfortunate side effect of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, there was a shortage of single-serve ketchup packets that stemmed from a massive hike in take-out orders. Before that, Grape Nuts were in short supply, as was beloved pizza topping pepperoni.

If you simply can’t chow down on a chicken sandwich or nuggets from Chick-fil-A without some of the chain’s honey mustard or special Chick-fil-A sauce, consider purchasing the condiment on Amazon.

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