McDonald’s Japan: large fries are back on the menu

McDonald’s Japan recently ran out of fries and was forced to sell only small fries in its restaurants. There was a potato shortage that caused the fast food chain to halt sales on the popular side.

There were no medium or large sized fries at McDonald’s Japan for days and today it was reported that the larger sized fries are finally back after a week. According to Kyodo News, the fast food restaurant will sell the fries from 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 31.

As of Friday, McDonald’s Japan’s 2,900 stores were only able to sell small fries with their orders. At that time, the company cited disruption to the importation of potatoes from North America due to flooding near the Port of Vancouver as the cause of the shortage of fries. In addition, there have also been logistical disruptions around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The suspension has caused a lot of problems for our customers,” McDonald’s Japan said in a statement. “We will continue to cooperate with importers and suppliers to ensure a stable supply.”

Meanwhile, potatoes were flown to Japan by air to help alleviate the shortage of French fries at McDonald’s Japanese unit. Bloomberg reported that at least three Boeing 747s brought loads of potatoes into the country and these planes were contracted.

It was Flexport Inc., an American freight forwarder, who helped fly the potatoes on the three planes. “Flexport has just signed a contract to transport three 747 loads of potatoes to Japan to help deal with the French fries shortage,” Ryan Petersen, managing director of the freight company, said via social media.

Along with the deliveries, McDonald’s Japan said it expects the shortage of French fries to be resolved by New Years Eve. The spokesperson for the McDonald’s unit in Japan also confirmed to Bloomberg by phone. that it would resume selling medium and large fries on December 31.

Meanwhile, the shortage of supply in fast food chains is not only felt in Japan, but also in other parts of the world. There were cream cheese shortages, chicken shortages and more. It was all caused by disruptions to the global supply chain due to the pandemic and natural disasters.

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