KFC is running out of food amid fears the "pingdemic" has hit the fried chicken chain.

Bargain bucket-lovers have been warned of reduced menus at a number of restaurants.

KFC tweeted that customers may find "some items aren’t available" and its packaging "may look different".

It said: "The Colonel has just emerged from a long day at the fryers and wanted to share the following message.

"Just a heads up that across our country, there's been some disruption over the last few weeks – so things may be a little different when you next visit us.

"You might find some items aren't available or our packaging might look a little different to normal. We know it's not ideal, but we're working hard to keep things running smoothly.

"In the meantime, please be patient with our incredible teams… they’re doing a brilliant job despite the disruption. We can’t wait to see you soon for your next fried chicken fix."

The 'pingdemic' is the phrase coined to signify being 'pinged' by the NHS app during the Covid pandemic. It has caused many businesses and industries to be affected.

KFC hasn’t said what food from its menu may be affected, or how many restaurants may be experiencing shortages, the Mirror reports.

The fast food chain also hasn’t said specifically what has caused the disruption.

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However, food supplies across supermarkets and retailers have been impacted in recent weeks by a shortage of HGV drivers.

There is an estimated shortfall of 100,000 drivers, an issue that has been exasperated in recent weeks due to the so-called "pingdemic".

Travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit also being blamed for the lack of workers.

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KFC ran out of chicken in 2018 and had to close 600 branches across the UK as a result.

It blamed problems with new delivery firm DHL at the time.

Police were even forced to issue a statement after fast food fans called 999 to report the shortages.

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