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    Australian KFC patrons clucking mad over lettuce-cabbage switch

    SYDNEY (AFP) – Fried chicken chain KFC said yesterday that high lettuce prices in Australia have forced it to switch to a cabbage mix in burgers and other products, prompting customers to complain the result is less than “finger lickin’ good”.

    The local price of the verdant leaf has soared by as much as 300 per cent in recent months, forcing the fast-food chain to tweak the Colonel’s recipe in some stores.

    “We’re currently experiencing a lettuce shortage. So, we’re using a lettuce and cabbage blend on all products containing lettuce until further notice,” the company told customers. The company blamed widespread flooding in the country’s east for the problem. But supply chain expert Flavio Macau of Edith Cowan University said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was also a factor, pushing up diesel and fertiliser prices.

    A single head of iceberg lettuce in Sydney or Melbourne that once sold for about USD2 now goes for close to USD8.

    Syed Hyder from a stall at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market holds an iceberg lettuce with the local price soaring by as much as 300 per cent in recent months. PHOTO: AFP
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