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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Jollibee says all Metro Manila branches to open on Sunday: #ChickenSadNoMore?

Jollibee Foods Corp. on Friday said all Metro Manila branches will be open by Sunday, as operations are returning to normal after a systems upgrade compelled at least 72 branches of the fastfood giant to close down while others continued to operate on limited menu.
The fastfood chain will have bestsellers Chickenjoy, JollySpaghetti and Yumburger back in stock and on the menu, but some outlets will still be offering a limited menu, the company said in a statement.
The JFC Group which owns Jollibee disclosed that it recently upgraded its computer systems last August 1, but was bogged down in the process by technical difficulties. As a result, there was a slowdown in deliveries of products from the Jollibee commissary to its outlets.
Jollibee vice president for Metro North Operations Jojo Subido said contingency measures were immediately implemented to resolve the problem. 
“Our team has been working round the clock to catch up and put to speed our commissary’s delivery schedule to enable all our stores to open by this weekend,” Subido said.
Jollibee has sufficient food supplies and raw materials in its centralized commissary in Laguna, contrary to previous reports of a possible shortage in the company's chicken supply.
Subido said the fastfood chain does not import chicken and other meat products from China, allaying fears that its problem was somehow tied to the recent food safety scare in China that impacted on the operations of Mcdonald's and KFC.
“Our chicken requirements are currently sourced from our accredited suppliers such as San Miguel Foods Corporation, Foster Foods Inc., and GAMA Foods Corporation which have all passed our strict quality standards,” Subido noted.
Social networking sites recently went abuzz after various Jollibee restaurants in Metro Manila were closed due to the lack of popular menu offerings, particularly ChickenJoy.

About 6 percent of Jollibee's nationwide sales were not served in the first week in August. Still, same store sales in the same period grew by 4 percent year-on-year.
In the first six months of 2014, revenues were up 14.8 percent to P43.702 billion from P38.068 billion in the same comparable period last year while system wide sales – which reflects sales from both company-owned and franchised restaurants – increased by 14.3 percent to P57.054 billion from P49.903 billion.
As of end-June, Jollibee was operating 2,244 stores in the Philippines and 589 stores overseas.

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