Apr 30, 2021 - Economy

Fried chicken is the latest nationwide shortage

Illustration of a hand holding a tiny piece of fried chicken

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The supply of Americans' beloved fried chicken is wilting under soaring demand.

The big picture: Viral demand for fried chicken sandwiches, tenders and wings has spiked so much that it's causing a nationwide shortage.

What's happening: Popeyes' chicken sandwiches in 2019 launched a new craze, with many imitators.

Between the lines: America's insatiable demand for chicken could be an opening for fake meat companies.

  • Grocery sales of fake meat were already rising amid the pandemic.
  • Poultry is much harder to mimic than ground beef or sausage, but fake meat company Beyond Meat says its plant-based chicken is coming soon.
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