Shortage of fries due to sanctions for the “Russian McDo”

Shortage of french fries due to sanctions for “Russian McDonalds


“Vkusno i Tochka,” the chain that took over McDonald's restaurants in Russia in June, is facing a growing shortage of French fries because of Western sanctions against Moscow, the news site reported on Friday economy RBK. 

The brand's first restaurants opened in Russia on June 12, drawing crowds of nostalgic visitors from McDonald's, which had suspended work for its 850 restaurants in March before leaving the country for good in May.

“In some Vkusno i totchka (delicious, period) restaurants, there will be no more fries”, one of the popular dishes of the chain's Russian customers, said the RBK site, quoting the group's press service. Russian.

According to the group, the 2021 harvest in Russia of potatoes intended for the manufacture of french fries has been poor, leading to a shortage and “the importation from foreign markets (…) has become impossible” due to Western sanctions imposed on Moscow as a result of Russia's offensive against Ukraine, he said.

The spokesman said the group hoped to see French fries back on the menu at all Vkousno i Tochka restaurants in the fall, with the start of the new harvest in Russia.

Contacted by AFP, the spokesman said group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

In addition to this problem of fries, Russian McDonald's will be deprived, once their stocks are exhausted, of all drinks from the American giant Coca Cola, which has also withdrawn from the Russian market due to the assault on Ukraine.

In addition to McDonald's and Coca Cola, dozens of other companies, some of which have been present for decades, have left Russia because of the conflict. in Ukraine.

In March, the Canadian company McCain Foods, the largest producer of french fries in the world, announced that it was stopping the construction of its factory in Russia and suspending deliveries of its products to the market. Russian.