If you have taken a stroll through certain supermarkets and their meat sections, you might notice a slight change in the way chicken looks. It’s a bit bigger, meatier and, weirdly, cheaper.
Although your first response may be to get in on the deal, a trigger might warn you that that chicken may have come all the way from the ‘States, and we just don’t do things the way they do.
The other day Rob Davies‚ Minister of Trade and Industry, announced on the radio that Nando’s was making use of American imported chicken.
But no, Nando’s weren’t going to have any of it. Soon after, the fast-food retailer released a statement:
Nando’s is proudly South African. The American poultry that has landed in South Africa does not find its way into your Nando’s meal.
We’d like to set the record straight.
We only used fresh‚ whole chickens. American chickens come to South Africa frozen.
The chicken at Nando’s are grilled as fresh as possible. This cannot happen with imported chicken.
Nando’s will always serve only South African chicken.
Yeah, you go guys.
Minister Davies briefed the American Chamber of Commerce in Jozi on plans to make sure that South Africa remains a competitive business destination.
I just don’t get why their choice of product was chicken. It has like the worst PR ever. But then, here’s Davies again…
There are going to be black-owned companies that will be responsible for the import of the US chicken‚ at least 15% of it.
You can go to any store and you’ll see it is labelled ‘US product’. I don’t know where it is‚ but I can assure you that is has arrived.
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