Fries producers refuse to supply McDonald's successor in Russia

The head of the company running the former McDonald's Corp chain of restaurants in Russia has stated that producers of French fries are refusing to supply the country. Also, attempts to increase domestic processing are fraught with difficulties.

In May, McDonald's quit Russia in a reaction to Moscow's military campaign in Ukraine, which included a barrage of economic sanctions. The company sold all the restaurants it owned to a local licensee. Restaurants began opening under the new name Vkusno & tochka, or "Tasty and that's it", on June 12.

The new ownership was keen to stress that high quality standards would be maintained or even bettered, and that consumers would not notice much difference. It has since been forced to admit that it is facing a shortage of French fries until autumn, blaming a poor harvest in Russia and supply chain woes.


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