Amid a National Chicken Shortage, Popeyes Announces Chicken Nuggets as Its Newest Menu Item

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The Root 13 July, 2021 - 03:37pm 19 views

Does Popeyes have chicken nuggets?

Popeyes turned its famous chicken sandwich into nuggets The fast-food chain will add chicken nuggets to its menu at the end of July. Later this month, Popeyes will begin selling chicken nuggets in its U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico stores, and mouths across the country are already watering. Today.comPopeyes chicken nuggets: When you can get them and why they're going to be a hit

On Tuesday, Popeyes revealed its latest menu addition and it’s none other than chicken nuggets! According to a press release obtained by Fox 8, the popular fried chicken chain restaurant says these new nuggets will be “unlike anything you may have experienced before” and hopes that their iteration will be a “reset for the standard chicken nugget.”

“We believe that these piece(s) of crunchy, juicy, delicious chicken will have guests question how they ever enjoyed chicken nuggets before this,” said President of Popeyes Americas Sami Siddiqui. “Just like our game-changing Chicken Sandwich, our new Chicken Nuggets are unlike anything you may have experienced before.”

Similar to when word first got out about the new sandwich, many folks online were more than enthused about this long overdue menu add.

“Popeyes is launching chicken nuggets. I won,” one user expressed.

“Other fast food chains gotta beg Popeyes not to make their best menu item like Dolly begged Jolene,” joked another.

“It’s over, y’all…,” the official Popeyes Twitter account sent out, perhaps signaling once again their status of fried chicken supremacy has once again been solidified.

Whether you’ll be rushing to get in the drive-thru line come July 27 or not, just promise us that you won’t go Karen on any of the essential workers. They’ve gone through enough.

It’ll be interesting to see how or if the demand of this new item will affect the aforementioned “chicken shortage” (or “very tight supply” as National Chicken Council Spokesman Tom Super put it) currently plaguing the nation. With pandemic still at large and more and more folks working from home, consumers may not be slowing down on their chicken consumption anytime soon.

Popeyes new chicken nuggets will be available at restaurants across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico starting July 27.

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CityNews 14 July, 2021 - 10:02am

Popeyes Is Finally Launching This Long-Awaited Menu Item

Eat This, Not That 14 July, 2021 - 09:27am

According to the chain's press release, Popeyes is looking to make a splash with its new Chicken Nuggets, regardless of the stiff competition they have in Chick-fil-A and McDonald's—kind of how they redefined the chicken sandwich category with the launch of their own version in 2019.

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"Just like our game-changing Chicken Sandwich, our new Chicken Nuggets are unlike anything you may have experienced before," said Popeyes president Sami Siddiqui. "We aim to show the world once again the magic of Popeyes chicken with our new Nuggets. We believe that these piece(s) of crunchy, juicy, delicious chicken will have guests question how they ever enjoyed chicken nuggets before this."

The all-white-meat nuggets will be freshly prepared in Popeyes restaurants every day, with the tried-and-true technique of hand-battering and breading in buttermilk used on the rest of the chain's chicken—so you can definitely expect that signature crispy texture the chain is known for. The new item will be available in sizes ranging from 4 to 36 pieces (and even 48 pieces, available exclusively on Popeyes' website). While the nuggets only come in classic flavor (no spicy, for now), customers can add some zing with a range of dipping sauces like Buttermilk Ranch, Bayou Buffalo, and Sweet Heat.

The nuggets were first spotted on menus at some Popeyes locations in Arkansas, Connecticut, Ohio, and Texas in February, as part of a market test before the official launch. According to Business Insider, the company has been stockpiling chicken amid a nationwide shortage in order to prepare for this major rollout, which is kicking off on July 27.

"Over the last six months we have been working closely with our chicken supplier partners to provide them with the estimates needed to meet the anticipated demand of our Chicken Nuggets, and we feel confident we will be able to serve our new Nuggets to eager guests despite any industry supply issues," a spokesperson told the publication.

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Popeyes is stockpiling chicken amid nationwide shortages, price hikes

New York Post 14 July, 2021 - 07:00am

By Will Feuer

July 14, 2021 | 8:00am | Updated July 14, 2021 | 8:00am

Fast-food giant Popeyes has been stashing chicken for months amid a nationwide shortage and price hikes — to ensure it has a healthy reserve of poultry ahead of the debut of its new nuggets later this month.

The Miami-based chain, which is owned by Restaurant Brands International, has been building its reserve of frozen chicken for over six months ahead of the rollout of its new nuggets on July 27, Popeyes Americas President Sami Siddiqui said in an interview with Fortune.

“Demand is very high right now, and consumer spending is surging” as the country emerges from the pandemic, Siddiqui told the news site. “We’re planning appropriately.”

“We work really closely with our suppliers,” he added. “Supply chains are ramping up.”

The strategy is a major split with the norms of the industry, which prefers to keep inventory lean in normal times. It also shows how companies are trying to protect their supply of chicken during the Great Poultry Crisis of 2021 that’s seen prices soaring and restaurants pull items off their menus.

Executives from various fast-food joints have explained that a meat-processing slowdown last year caused by pandemic safety measures along with a surge in demand for recently debuted fried chicken sandwiches are largely behind the shortage.

Popeyes, which is owned by Restaurant Brands International, sparked the so-called chicken sandwich wars in 2019 with a $3.99 sandwich that was so popular it sold out at many restaurants. That prompted other chains to seek to compete, including burger joints like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s. 

Executives at Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest producers of poultry and other meats, have also blamed the shortage of chicken on underperforming roosters that aren’t producing as many chicks as expected.

The national labor shortage has also hampered meat processors’ abilities to meet demand.

With supply limited, prices are soaring.

Chicken prices for producers jumped 2.1 percent to an all-time high in May, marking the eighth straight monthly increase.

Companies are searching for ways to reduce their chicken costs.

Wingstop, for example, announced last month that it’s launching a virtual brand called “Thighstop” in a bid to get customers to order crispy chicken thighs instead of the traditional wings, which have seen a particularly strong surge in demand and price during the pandemic.

Wingstop chairman and CEO Charlie Morrison said at the time that the wholesale price of a pound of wings has risen from 98 cents a year ago to $3.22 today.

After chicken-sandwich pandemonium, Popeyes adds chicken nuggets to the menu

New York Daily News 13 July, 2021 - 06:20pm

On Tuesday, the fried chicken chain announced it will start selling chicken nuggets in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico starting July 27.

The “Popeyes Nuggets” uses the same Louisiana-inspired flavors of the company’s flagship chicken and its 2019 breakthrough chicken sandwich. Popeyes said it wants to “reset guests’ standards” with the poppable pieces, which are white-meat chicken breasts freshly prepared, seasoned to perfection, hand-battered and breaded in buttermilk.

“Just like our game changing chicken sandwich, our new chicken nuggets are unlike anything you may have experienced before,” Popeyes America president Sami Siddiqui said with the announcement.

“We aim to show the world once again the magic of Popeyes chicken with our new nuggets. We believe that these piece(s) of crunchy, juicy delicious chicken will have guests question how they ever enjoyed chicken nuggets before this.”

The new nuggets will be available for purchase in-store, on the official website or through the recently launched Popeyes App, with options ranging from 4-piece to 36-piece orders.

A 48-piece option is available exclusively online at Popeyes.com and on the Popeyes app, with something special for rewards program members.

Popeyes adding chicken nuggets to menu following chicken sandwich frenzy

NJ.com 13 July, 2021 - 06:05pm

The fast-food chain Popeyes announced Tuesday it is adding chicken nuggets to its menu later this month based off the popularity of its chicken sandwich released back in 2019.

The menu item will be available beginning July 27 to customers in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

The nuggets will essentially be a smaller version of the company’s chicken sandwich without the bun. Just like the sandwich, they are breaded in buttermilk and then fried.

They will be available at restaurants in options from four-count to 36-count, and will come with a variety of dipping sauces including Mardi Gras mustard, blackened Ranch, and buttermilk Ranch. A 48-count version will be available for ordering on the Popeyes mobile app.

“Just like our game-changing chicken sandwich, our new chicken nuggets are unlike anything you may have experienced before,” Popeyes Americas president Sami Siddiqui said in a statement. “We aim to show the world once again the magic of Popeyes chicken with our new nuggets.”

When Popeyes first unveiled its chicken sandwich in 2019, it sold out in less than two weeks. The ensuing “chicken sandwich wars” then sent the fast-food world into a frenzy, especially on social media.

Popeyes said at the time it was taken by surprise at the “extraordinary demand.” It then brought the menu item back in fall 2019, better prepared with more employees and enough product to meet demand amid the relaunch.

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Popeyes stockpiling chicken for 6 MONTHS ahead of nuggets launch

Daily Mail 13 July, 2021 - 05:35pm

By Peter Belfiore For Dailymail.Com

Fast food chain Popeyes has revealed it has been stockpiling frozen chicken for six months as it prepares to roll out a new line of chicken nuggets amid an industrywide shortage in poultry and spiking prices.

The company appears to be looking to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2019 rollout of its chicken sandwich, which saw long lines at some locations and fist fights when stocks ran out.

Whole raw chicken can be frozen for up to a year and still retain its quality, taste and texture, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Demand for chicken has surged following a meat processing slowdown during the pandemic, and prices are spiking as suppliers struggle to keep up and restaurants reopen.

Fears of a shortfall have forced Popeyes to stockpile meat in an industry that typically runs lean.

Popeyes Americas President Sami Siddiqui said the company's strategy was reflective of a broader market environment that is emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Popeyes announced that it has been stockpiling frozen chicken for the past six months in anticipation of its new line of chicken nugges, which are slated to go on sale July 27

The fast food chain would appear to be trying to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2019 rollout of its chicken sandwich, which saw long lines and the occasional fist fight as supplies ran out 

'Demand is very high right now, and consumer spending is surging' Siddiqui told Fortune. 'We're planning appropriately.'

Popeye's nuggets are slated to go on sale nationwide on July 27, after tests in markets including Austin and Denver.

The news came as other fast-food chains have struggled to keep their poultry products in stock amid dwindling supplies.  

KFC has said in recent earnings calls that it has struggled to keep up with demand, and in late April chicken-and-biscuits chain BoJangles reported that it had run low on chicken tenders across its network of 750 locations.  

Suppliers too have been struggling to keep up, with the United States Department of Agriculture reporting that the nation's stockpile of chicken meat had plummeted by 200million pounds or 20% compared to last year. 

Popeye's decision comes as frozen chicken supplies have dwindled over the past year as demand has surged and suppliers have struggled to keep up 

US Foods, an industry supplier reported in its July chicken trends report that labor shortages, freight costs and supply issues continue to be a problem for most meat processors coming off of the pandemic.

With constrained supply, and increased demand has come higher prices, with the USDA reporting that at $3.25 per pound, the price of chicken wings in June was double what it was the same time last year.

The price of wholesale chicken breast has also skyrocketed, with prices jumping to $1.91 per pound from 93 cents in the same period last year.

Overall wholesale chicken prices were 93 cents per pound in June compare to 68 cents in 2020. 

Dr. David Anderson, an economist for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension services said that the demand for fast food chicken sandwiches in particular was driving a surge in price for chicken breast. 

With a crunch in supply and increase in demand overall wholesale chicken prices have soared over the past year

'When you have all these chains making chicken biscuits and chicken sandwiches, which are a hot product right now, and they’re all made of chicken breasts, there is only so much of those specific cuts to go around,' he said in a May report. 

Popeyes kicked off the fast food 'chicken sandwich wars' in November 2019, sparking other chains to launch their own similar products when demand skyrocketed.

But as Popeyes struggled to meet demand, tempers flared and fights broke out at several locations. 

At one Maryland location, Kevin Tyrell Davis was stabbed to death after allegedly cutting a lengthy line when the sandwiches came back in stock. 

 A witness described how a 'dude cut the line' before they 'went outside' and 'dude got stabbed', adding: 'And now we can't leave because they have to make sure there is no blood on the road.' 

Ricoh McClain, 30, (pictured) was  indicted for murder after he allegedly stabbed 28-year-old Kevin Tyrell Davis to death outside a Popeyes restaurant in Maryland

Ricoh McClain, 30, of Washington, DC was later indicted on charges of common law murder and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

Other incidents included a traffic jam in La Brea Los Angeles as fast food fans lined up and lines of hundreds stretching around the corner at a location in Georgia.   

In one August, 2019 viral video incident at an unknown location, an irate Popeyes customer jumped through a drive-thru window to fight with three employees, angry that there were no more chicken sandwiches left at that location.

Another furious brawl broke out in Brooklyn, also in August when customers stood in line for an hour and were outraged to learn that the chain ran out. An argument escalated to the point where a Popeye's employee was injured.

The latest rise in the price in chicken follows an overall trend in the United States where the Consumer Price Index, an average measure in the change the price of consumer goods rose 5.4% over the past year, fueling fears of inflation. 

June's CPI gain was the largest since August 2008 and followed a 5 percent increase in the 12 months through May. The CPI increased 0.9 percent last month after advancing 0.6 percent in May.

The consumer price index has risen 5.4 percent in the 12 months through June, the Labor Department said on Tuesday, which is the highest since August 2008

Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the so-called core CPI surged 4.5 percent on a year-on-year basis, the largest increase since November 1991, after rising 3.8 percent in May.

Prices are rising likely because of pent-up demand from people who are emerging from COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and are flush with cash from stimulus payments.

There's also a crimped supply of goods as supply chains have gotten gummed up - with some countries still in the throes of fighting the virus and not producing the amount of particular goods they normally would.

The pickup in inflation has heightened concerns that the Federal Reserve might feel compelled to begin withdrawing its low-interest rate policies earlier than expected. If so, that would risk weakening the economy and potentially derailing the recovery.

Fed officials and the Biden administration have repeatedly said, though, that they regard the surge in inflation as a temporary response to supply shortages and other short-term disruptions as the economy quickly bounces back. 

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Popeyes sparks memories of 'chicken wars' with new menu item

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Popeyes may be on the verge of reviving an old rivalry that centered around fried poultry – this time with chicken nuggets.

On Tuesday, the Louisiana-based fast-food chain, owned by Restaurant Brands International, announced it was adding chicken nuggets to its menus in North America starting on July 27. 

The news spark memories of the chicken sandwich wars of 2019, fueled largely by Popeyes’ release of its crispy chicken sandwich, which threatened other major competitors known for the menu item such as Chick-fil-A. 

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The Twitter feud stocked a frenzy and within two weeks, Popeyes had already sold out of its sandwich.  

Months later, other fast-food behemoths such as McDonald's decided to get a bite of the action and later debuted their own versions. 

On the same day Popeyes announced its new menu item, the company reminded fans of its once-popular debate on Twitter. There were no jabs thrown but the company is seemingly trying to ramp up sales once again – especially as restrictions ease and consumers flock back to restaurants in droves. 

"Just like our game-changing Chicken Sandwich, our new Chicken Nuggets are unlike anything you may have experienced before," Popeyes Americas President Sami Siddiqui said in a statement. 

The company's white meat chicken breast nuggets will be available for purchase in-store, online or through the company's app. 

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Popeyes adds nuggets to its menu, looks to build on smash hit chicken sandwich

Yahoo Finance 13 July, 2021 - 01:00pm

The addition of the white meat chicken nuggets, with options ranging from 4 piece to 36 pieces, are set to hit menus beginning July 27 in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. 

The fast food giant is hopeful this launch will match the reception that greeted its fried chicken sandwich back in August of 2019. 

That menu item sparked the now famous chicken sandwich war across the industry, with McDonald's (MCD), Wendy's (WEN), Shake Shack (SHAK), and KFC (YUM) and others all joining the battle. Both Wendy's and McDonald's have also launched their own spicy version of the menu item.

"We think we did it again with chicken nuggets," the company boasted in a statement. "We have invested the time to perfect a product that leverages our classic techniques and Louisiana flavors that will change how people think about and experience Chicken Nuggets," Popeye's added. 

The chicken is marinated for at least 12 hours, hand battered and bread, then slow cooked "to perfection" with a special frying process, Popeye's added.

According to Sean Dunlop, Morningstar Equity analyst, customers returned to "familiar favorites" during the pandemic, leaning into comfort food like fried chicken sandwiches, steak and pizza.

As a result, "larger, trust companies with robust digital capabilities" got a boost as consumers sought out value-oriented and affordable options, Dunlop told Yahoo Finance in an email. However, chicken nuggets in particular are popular for a couple of reasons.

"As chicken consumption continues to increase in the U.S. and globally, they bolster a platform that figures to become increasingly prevalent over the next few years, especially given relatively low production costs and their ability to cater to a global palette," Dunlop added.

With chains like KFC — which has over 25,000 locations — having a global presence "big burger chains have been hard at work to bolster their chicken platforms, with the success of concepts like Chick-Fil-A and Popeyes serving as one catalyst to drive development in the space," the analyst added.

The launch of the Popeyes chicken sandwich back in 2019 "opened a lot of eyes with respect to the category's strategic importance," Dunlop explained.

Shares of Popeye's parent company Restaurant Brands International are up 16.7% compared to a year ago, while shares are up a little over 5% year to date. 

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Popeyes is taking the chicken wars to the next level with the introduction of the chain’s chicken nuggets in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico on July 27. Popeyes nuggets will be available in options ranging from four pieces to 36 pieces. A 48-piece option will be sold exclusively on the Popeyes app or website.

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Popeyes to add chicken nuggets to the menu based on its chicken sandwich recipe

USA TODAY 13 July, 2021 - 05:01am

Popeyes, the chain that launched the Chicken Sandwich War in August 2019, is adding chicken nuggets to its menu starting July 27.

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Popeyes, the chain that launched the Chicken Sandwich War in August 2019 after it debuted its first nationwide chicken sandwich, announced Tuesday that it's adding chicken nuggets to its menu starting July 27.

“Just like our game changing Chicken Sandwich, our new Chicken Nuggets are unlike anything you may have experienced before,” Sami Siddiqui, Popeyes Americas president, said in a statement. “We aim to show the world once again the magic of Popeyes chicken with our new Nuggets.”

The New Orleans-style chicken chain says the nuggets are made with the same recipe as the chicken sandwich with a “special flour and batter system to provide the perfect crispy texture which guests have come to love and expect from its flagship fried chicken.”

The white meat chicken breast nuggets will be available in a classic flavor and can be paired with sauces, including Bayou Buffalo, BoldBQ, Blackened Ranch, Buttermilk Ranch, Mardi Gras Mustard and Sweet Heat.

The nuggets will be sold ranging from four pieces to 36-pieces starting July 27 in restaurants, on the chain’s website or through the app. A 48-piece option will be available only on the app and website.

“We have invested the time to perfect a product that leverages our classic techniques and Louisiana flavors that will change how people think about and experience Chicken Nuggets,” Amy Alarcon, Popeyes vice president of culinary innovation, said in a statement. “We think we did it again with Chicken Nuggets.”

Popeyes had a hard time keeping the chicken sandwich in stock after its summer 2019 debut and restaurants sold out in weeks. It took more than two months to permanently bring the viral sandwich back in November 2019.

Since then other chains have also added new chicken sandwiches including McDonald's and Burger King.

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