Here's what I know about the chain restaurant Sweetgreen: It's a very trendy place known for its salad and grain bowls and is also quite expensive for salad.
Now I know something else: It is temporarily using plastic containers — rather than fiber-based compostable bowls — for its takeout, and customers aren't happy.
"The temporary Sweetgreen bowls are an absolute joke," one Twitter user wrote.
The problem, writes Cara Eisenpress at our sister paper Crain's New York Business, is that Footprint, the Arizona-based maker of the compostable container supplied to Sweetgreen, was caught up in a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that founded itself underfunded as demand took off.
Footprint announced Jan. 26 that it would close a manufacturing plant in South Carolina, and Eisenpress notes that it's not clear when regular supplies of the containers would resume to Sweetgreen or how widespread the shortage is. The chain has said it will resume using the bowls as they become available.
It also says the replacement containers contain the same amount of food, but customers on social media dispute that. (In fact, complaints about size seem to be predominant, rather than the material used in the package.)
"Now I have to find another salad to eat because I'm still hungry!" a social media user complained.