- For the next week, customers at McDonald’s Japan will only be able to buy small portions of french fries.
- The restriction is due to a potato shortage as the global supply chain crisis hits food imports.
- Japan is a major importer of cooked and prepared frozen potatoes.
McDonald’s Japanese branches will stop selling large and medium-sized french fries as the fast food chain struggles with potato shortages.
Starting this Friday, customers in all 2,900 McDonald’s branches in Japan will only be able to buy small portions of french fries for a week Fast food chain said in a statement on Tuesday.
The company adopts the policy following a potato shortage caused by disruptions in the global supply chain and massive flooding in Canada. which hit operations in the Port of Vancouver.
McDonald’s Japan said it is proactively securing its shipments using alternative means such as air freight.
It’s not the first time the company has grappled with a potato crisis.
In 2014, McDonald’s branches in Japan restricted customers’ purchases of french fries after a U.S. labor dispute led to delivery delays. Reuters reported. At that time, the fast food giant had to import over 1,000 tons of frozen French fries by air freight in order to cope with the emergency.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Japan is a major importer of cooked and prepared frozen potatoes.