McDonald’s outlets in Japan face French Fries shortage, blame shipment delays

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

For the home of the Big Mac though it is not a lack of semiconductors that is causing the problem.

The firm has said 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.

“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.

“Customers will still be able to order Small-sized French Fries at all of our restaurants. To date, there have been no breaks in supply,” the company said.

McDonald’s said 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.

It will now turn to alternative measures, including flying supplies to Japan, the company said in a statement.

Separately in August this year, McDonald’s said it was facing supply issues affecting the availability of shakes and bottled drinks at its 1,250 outlets in the UK. The company blamed shortage of lorry drivers behind the disruptions.