Russian McDonald's removes fries from the menu as correct potatoes are unavailable

Several restaurants in the newly opened “Tasty and that’s it” fast food chain, which replaced McDonald’s in Russia, will temporarily stop serving fries. This is due to a shortage of the correct potato variety. The company expects to have fries back on the menu by autumn.

Recently, McDonald’s pulled out of Russia in protest at the invasion of Ukraine. The American fast food giant sold its restaurants to a Russian businessman, and in June several of its outlets reopened under the name “Vkusno i Tochka”, which translates as “Tasty and that’s it.”

But a month after opening, one of the key items on the menu is in short supply. “Rustic potatoes”, a thicker-cut version of the traditional French fry, may also be unavailable. The company generally tried to source potatoes from Russian producers, but that it had become impossible to import potatoes from markets that could offer a temporary replacement to the domestic crop.

Russia is now under wide-ranging Western sanctions, which are disrupting supply chains and increasing unemployment. The Russian economy is expected to shrink by up to 10% in 2022.


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