French fries are one of the most-loved side dishes, typically enjoyed with a hefty burger. Potatoes are sliced thinly and deep-fried until golden-brown, sprinkled with salt and served hot. Burger chains such as McDonald's are known for serving crispy and delicious fries along with their signature burgers. However, what would you do if the McDonald's outlet you visited ran out of French fries? McDonald's Japan is facing a countrywide shortage of potatoes, required for producing fries. McDonald's will temporarily be serving only Small-sized fries, with no options for 'Medium' and Large-sized ones.
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McDonald's Japan also issued a statement about the same on their website. They revealed that they import potatoes on a large scale from Vancouver, Canada. However, due to the recent flood situation in the country and the Coronavirus impact, the fast-food giant is facing a supply crunch. Apologising for the inconvenience caused, McDonald's said that they were still trying to maintain a supply of small-sized French fries through cooperation with importers and suppliers in the area. The crunch is likely to continue till December 30, 2021.
Twitter users reacted to the news of McDonald's Japan's French fries' shortage. Take a look at the reactions on social media:
So there is a fries shortage for McDonalds Japan thanks to the recent flooding around Vancouver, as I just learned in a German newspaper. Globalization is real.— Florian Holzhauer ????????♂️ (@fholzhauer) December 22, 2021
@McDonalds Japan said it would suspend the sale of medium-and large-sized french fries for a week starting on Friday, after suffering delays in potato deliveries due to the global #SupplyChainCrisis. The fast-food giant plans to sell only small sizes of fries to avoid shortages. pic.twitter.com/smKHwZJKdX— CGTN Global Business (@CGTNGlobalBiz) December 23, 2021
McDonalds in Japan to temporarily stop selling M and L sized French fries ???? due to import shortage of ‘processed' potatoes
Can't be such a bad thing especially health wise..? https://t.co/NIv0kwhAto— Naoko Mori 森尚子 (@naoko_mori) December 21, 2021
Some users also pointed out that this is not McDonald's Japan's first instance of shortage. In the year 2014, the burger chain was forced to cut down its French fries' portions after an industrial dispute among stakeholders at the US West Coast.
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