The firm told customers that it uses a mixture of lettuce and cabbage after floods destroyed lettuce crops.
It comes as shoppers in Australia have been hit by rising prices for some fresh fruits and vegetables. Social media users have posted photos of lettuce costing over $10 ($7.18; £5.72), three times the regular price.
On its website, KFC Australia said: “Due to the recent flooding in NSW [New South Wales] and QLD [Queensland], we are currently facing a lettuce shortage. Therefore, we recommend a mixture of lettuce and cabbage on all products. Are using. Lettuce until further notice.”
“If that’s not your bag, just click ‘customize’ on your chosen product and remove the lettuce from the recipe,” it signs off with a smiley face emoji.
This is not the first time that the company has been battling food shortages this year.
In January, KFC Australia had to revise its menu due to a shortage of its main ingredient, chicken.
This was due to a staff shortage at Ingham, Australia’s largest chicken supplier, late last year due to the “rapid spread of the Omicron variant in eastern Australian states”.
Meanwhile, McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food company, faced a shortage of chips at some Asian outlets, including in Japan and Singapore, due to the global supply chain crisis.
Like countries worldwide, Australia has also been affected by food supply chain issues due to the war and pandemic in Ukraine. Australia’s food production has also been affected by extreme weather events, such as the significant flooding off the East Coast earlier this year.
This helped drive up the cost of living for Australians, with consumer prices rising 5.1% in the first three months of 2022.
This was the highest inflation rate in the country in 20 years, with hopes that it could rise even higher. On Tuesday, Australia’s central bank raised higher borrowing costs than expected to control rising inflation.
The Reserve Bank of Australia raised its primary interest rate by half a percentage to 0.85%. It said it decided due to rising prices due to a range of issues, including Covid-related supply chain disruptions, the war in Ukraine and flooding in Australia.