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Taco Bell’s tortilla shortage is over

Impacted restaurants resume selling burritos and quesadillas

Taco Bell’s brief “tortillapocalypse” is over.

After experiencing tortilla shortages last week in Midwest and East Coast restaurants, the Irvine, Calif.-based chain said most restaurants have resumed selling core items made with flour tortillas, such as burritos and quesadillas. 

“We appreciate our burrito-loving customers’ patience. We have worked closely with our suppliers to resolve any shortages, and most, if not all, of our impacted restaurants should be offering our full menu so fans can now enjoy their Taco Bell favorites from the classic Bean Burrito to the new Steak Reaper Ranch Fries burrito,” the company said in a statement released Thursday.

The company did not provide a reason for the shortage, nor did it say how many restaurants were impacted. Last week, the company said “supplier shortages” were forcing some restaurants to turn away guests ordering anything made with a flour tortilla such as bean burritos and crunchwraps.

On the Taco Bell app, customers ordering last week from select locations in New York City, Philadelphia, Louisville, Ky., and Nashville were informed that chicken quesadillas, bean burritos and Quesaritos were not available.

The shortage was widely reported on social media channels, where the company enjoys a massive fan base. 

“I tried to go to Taco Bell the other night and they told me they’re having a nationwide tortilla shortage???? Wth is left on their menu without tortillas? I feel personally victimized by this,” wrote one fan.

Taco Bell, a division of Louisville-based Yum Brands, has more than 7,100 locations in the United States and nearly 30 other countries.

Contact Nancy Luna at [email protected] 

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