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The Navy commissary in Naples, Italy, will be out of fresh chicken for at least two weeks due to a fire in the supplier’s chicken factory.

But to keep from ruffling its customers’ feathers, the store has upped its order of frozen fowl, store officials said Tuesday.

“As soon as we were notified about the fire, we increased the order of Tyson frozen chicken line items,” store administrator Maria Grazia said Tuesday in an e-mail. “As soon as we were notified about the fire we adjusted the order to satisfy demand hoping this will be appreciated from our customers.”

The commissary orders 150 cases of fresh chicken a week and receives them in three separate deliveries to keep up with the shopper demand, Grazia said. The commissary is at Naval Support Activity Naples’ Gricignano Support Site and serves about 6,000 people.

The commissary is working with area public information outlets to spread the word that more chicken is on order so shoppers don’t have to pluck the shelves clean, she said. Fresh-chicken deliveries will resume in about two weeks, she said.

“We are trying our best to work this issue with our region headquarters to provide the best service to our customers,” Grazia said.

She did not have any details on the fire, other than it was a “major” blaze in the Arena Divisione Fresce Co. production plant that supplies the commissary’s fresh chicken.


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