Jan 8, 2022

How KFC in Kenya got fried over its chip shortage

In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan broadcaster Waihiga Mwaura writes about what the recent row over KFC French fries says about farming in his country. International supply chains became the hot topic here as KFC said it was unable to offer fries as it could not import its preferred pre-sliced potatoes from Egypt. The problem, apparently, was that potential local suppliers had not gone through KFC's quality assurance process that makes sure "Our food is safe for consumption by our customers", the company's East Africa chief executive Jacques Theunissen told the Standard newspaper. Being able to supply pre-sliced locally grown potatoes for KFC is one example of what could be offered to boost the local market. Change may be slow - and in the meantime, when I bite into a KFC French fry I'll now be distracted by thoughts about global trade.

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