KFC customers left fuming over chain’s use of cabbage instead of lettuce in burgers


Customers are left fuming over KFC’s lettuce alternative as the cost of the burger staple skyrockets: ‘It tastes bitter’

  • Head of Aussie lettuce skyrocketed to $12 after east coast farms hit by floods
  • The high prices have provided rich material for TikTok video producers 
  • Cabbage has been used a substitute in fast food and meals but it’s not the same 

KFC customers are fuming over the fast-food giant adding cabbage to its burgers due to the high price of lettuce.

The fast-food giant told customers it is using a cabbage-lettuce blend last week due to the high price of lettuces following floods in NSW and Queensland.

One Sydney customer, Paul, perfectly captured the mood of thousands of the Colonel’s loyal customers with a viral TikTok video.

While some commenters claimed there wasn’t much difference in the taste, Paul disagreed, saying ‘It tastes bitter.’

KFC customers are fuming over the fast-food giant swapping out key ingredient in its burgers

KFC customers are fuming over the fast-food giant swapping out key ingredient in its burgers

The price of a head of iceberg lettuce blew out to $12 in some shops in June, turning the humble vegetable into a luxury. 

A KFC employee joined in the comments, explaining ‘As a KFC employee, it’s a cabbage and lettuce mixture, it’s because of the floods, we’re sorry.’ 

Many agreed with his video, however, some suggested they simply wait until the lettuce shortage ends. 

Customers could be waiting a while. Iceberg lettuce – the main variety used in fast food – takes up to three months to grow.

Several viral TikToks have been made about Australia's current lettuce shortage, some showing how floods affected lettuce growers

Others equated lettuces with rare luxury goods

Several viral TikToks have been made about Australia’s current lettuce shortage, some showing how floods affected lettuce growers while others equated lettuces with rare luxury goods

Commenters claimed other fast food chain stores were also using cabbage instead of lettuce, including Oporto, Subway and Red Rooster.

In another clip, which got over 550,000 views, one user is shown strutting through a Woolworths conspicuously carrying a ‘Lettuce Vuitton’ shopping bag as if they were showing off an expensive Louis Vuitton handbag.

The clip’s title was ‘How to flex in an Australian supermarket’.

Sydney man Alastair Fawcus got 80,000 views for his clever mini-drama about dodgy ‘unauthorised lettuce’ sales made on street corners, while 

A scan of online shopping catalogues show that lettuces have come down in price this week, but are still up to $7 a head. 

It isn’t just lettuces affected by the flooding. 

Recent flooding pushed up prices for a wide range of fruit and vegetables.

The Lockyer Valley in south-east Queensland flooded again in May for the second time in just two months.

A large chunk of Australia’s winter crops, ranging from lettuce to potatoes, beetroot, broccoli, beans, tomatoes and capsicums, are grown in this area south-west of Brisbane.

AUSVEG, the lobby group for growers, said the Lockyer Valley floods, combined with high petrol and fertiliser prices meant consumers would continue paying more for fresh food for much of 2022 as other farming regions struggled to keep up with demand.

‘It might take some weeks and months for supply to resume to levels that we would normally see for this time of year,’ spokesman Shaun Lindhe told Daily Mail Australia.

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