As a result of the worldwide supply chain issue, McDonald’s is experiencing a chip shortage in Japan.
The issue at the Big Mac’s birthplace, on the other hand, isn’t a scarcity of chips.
The company has warned that supplies of the potatoes necessary to make its well-known French fries are in short supply. As a result, it would only sell a modest quantity of its French fries in Japan from Friday through December 30.
McDonald’s claims that the potatoes it uses come from a port near Vancouver, Canada. Ships, on the other hand, have been delayed as a result of flood damage and the impact of the pandemic on the global supply chain.
In a statement, the business said it will now look for other options, such as flying items to Japan.
McDonald’s has been compelled to cut the size of its meals in Japan several times before.
In 2014, there was a shortage of French fries due to a long-running labour dispute involving 20,000 dockworkers, terminal operators, and shipping lines at 29 ports on the west coast of the United States.
As an emergency measure, McDonald’s Japan sold only a small amount of French fries while flying in 1,000 tonnes of potatoes. Separately, in August, McDonald’s warned that supply issues were affecting the availability of shakes and bottled drinks at its 1,250 UK stores.
According to the company, a statewide shortage of lorry drivers is one of the causes for the delays: “Right now, a variety of worries are affecting merchants in the UK, one of which being a statewide shortage of HGV drivers.”
The company said changes in limitations following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union exacerbated a long-standing driver shortage.