When you go to a McDonald’s in Japan from Wednesday and are asked, “Would you like fries with that?”, don’t expect to get more than a small portion of the side order.
The fast-food chain is restricting orders for the French fries it sells to the small size for the foreseeable future, citing delays in imports of potatoes because of a labor dispute in US west coast ports, the Financial Times reported.
“If we continued offering fries in sizes other than small, there was concern that some stores will face a shortage of supplies by the year-end or early next year,” McDonald’s Japan said.
The company said it had taken emergency steps, such as transporting 1,000 tonnes of frozen potatoes by air and shipping 1,600 tonnes of potatoes from ports on the US east coast, but those won’t arrive until late January at earliest.
For set menus that include hamburgers and fries, McDonald’s said it would offer a discount of 50 yen ($0.42) or more.
Japan is the largest export market for US frozen potato products.
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