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McDonald's faces a French fries shortage.....

Dec 22, 2021

McDonald's is an American fast food company, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being introduced in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1955, Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent and proceeded to purchase the chain from the McDonald brothers. McDonald's had its previous headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, but moved its global headquarters to Chicago in June 2018. (Source: Wikipedia)

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The world's biggest fast food company McDonald's is suffering a chip shortage in Japan due to the global supply chain crisis.

The firm has mentioned it is experiencing delays of shipments of the potatoes used to make its famous French fries.

As a result it will only sell small portions of its French fries in Japan from Friday until 30 December 2021.

McDonald's Japan will temporarily limit sales of Medium- and Large-sized French Fries as a proactive measure to ensure customers can continue to enjoy McDonald's French Fries.

According to the company, it usually imports the potatoes, it uses, from a port near Vancouver in Canada.

However, ships have faced delays due to flood damage and the impact of the pandemic on the global supply chain.

This is not the first time McDonald's in Japan has been forced to downsize its portions.

In 2014, a protracted industrial dispute between 20,000 dockworkers, terminal operators and shipping lines at 29 ports on the west coast of the US caused a shortage of French fries.

In response McDonald's Japan took the emergency step of only selling small portions of French fries while it flew in 1,000 tonnes of potatoes.

Separately in August this year, McDonald's mentioned that it was facing supply issues affecting the availability of shakes and bottled drinks at its 1,250 outlets in the UK.

There are more than 3,100 McDonald's outlets in Japan. For now they will only serve small portions of fries, though they won't restrict how many portions customers can order.

More than 1,000 tonnes of potatoes have already been flown in to try to boost supplies. They started arriving this week.

A further 1,600 tonnes will be imported by sea but they won't arrive until January.

Due to UK's exit from the European Union

According to the company, a nationwide shortage of lorry drivers was one reason behind the disruptions: "A number of issues are impacting retailers in the UK at the moment, one of which is the nationwide shortage of HGV drivers."

The company added that a "historic" shortage of drivers had been exacerbated by changes to rules following the UK's exit from the European Union.



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