Vkusno i Tochka (Delicious and Point), the chain that took over McDonald’s restaurants in Russia in June is now facing a growing shortage of French fries due to Western sanctions against Moscow, the McDonald’s news website reported on Friday. RBK business.

The brand’s first restaurants opened on June 12, drawing a nostalgic crowd of visitors to McDonald’s, which had suspended work at its 850 restaurants in March before leaving the country for good in May.

“In some Vkousno i Totchka restaurants there will be no more fries”, one of the popular dishes among Russian customers, RBK says, citing the chain’s press service. According to the group, Russia’s 2021 crop of potatoes destined for chip manufacturing has been poor, leading to shortages and “importation from foreign markets … has become impossible” due to Western sanctions. imposed against Moscow as a result of the Russian offensive against Ukraine.

Based on this information, the group expects French fries to be back on the menu at all Vkusno i Totchka restaurants in the fall, with the start of the new harvest in Russia. Contacted by AFP, the group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia is one of the largest potato producers in the world, a safe food for the country’s inhabitants in times of crisis. But the last harvest suffered a lot from the weather conditions.

Apart from fries, the Russian McDonald’s will be deprived, once its stocks are exhausted, of all the drinks of the American giant Coca Cola, which also withdrew from the Russian market due to the invasion of Ukraine. In addition to McDonald’s and Coca Cola, dozens of companies, some of which have been around for decades, have left Russia.

In March, the Canadian company McCain Foods, the world’s largest producer of potato chips, announced that it was halting the construction of its factory in Russia and suspending deliveries of its products to the Russian market.

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