Japan: McDonald's ration fries due to flooding and pandemic

By AFP on 22. 12. 2021 at 05 h 07 2 min read

From 24 at 24 December, the 2 or so. 750 fast-food restaurants in the Archipelago will only serve as small portions of fries, to avoid the shortage GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP / Archives – JOE RAEDLE

Japanese supply chains face an unforeseen new snag: fast food chain McDonald’s announced it would cut portions of French fries for a week in the country due to logistical problems linked to the flooding in Canada and the pandemic.

From Friday until 30 December, the 2 or so. 900 the brand’s fast-food restaurants in the Archipelago will therefore only serve small portions of fries, to avoid the shortage, McDonald’s Holdings Japan announced on Tuesday.

Due to “major flooding near the Port of Vancouver” (western Canada) and “disruptions to global supply chains linked to the coronavirus pandemic, we are experiencing supply delays “, we read in a press release.

A McDonald’s in Tokyo, the 9th anvier 2015 (AFP / Archives – YOSHIKAZU TSUNO) The company specifies that it has taken this measure to allow all consumers to order French fries, despite “the difficulty of maintaining a stable supply of basic ingredients”.

These restrictions will be put in place when schools and businesses are about to close for the end of year holidays.

They will apply in particular on Christmas Day, which every year sees long lines form in front of the restaurants of the Kentucky Fried fast food chain Chicken, which many Japanese associate fried chicken with with this holiday.