The Vkousno i Totchka chain, which took over McDonald’s restaurants in Russia in June due to Western sanctions on Moscow, is facing a growing shortage of French fries, business news site RBK reported on Friday.
The brand’s first restaurant opened in Russia on June 12, attracting a flood of nostalgic tourists to McDonald’s, which suspended 850 restaurants in March before leaving the country permanently in May.
“In some restaurants, Vkusno i tochka (Delicious, Period), there will be no more fries”, one of the popular dishes for the chain’s Russian customers, the RBK website said, citing the Russian group’s news service.
According to the group, a poor 2021 crop of potatoes used to make French fries in Russia has led to shortages and “imports from foreign markets (…) have become impossible” due to sanctions imposed by the West. Because of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, he said.
With the start of a new harvest in Russia, the group hopes to see french fries back on the menu at all Vkusno i Totchka restaurants in the fall, the spokesman said.
Contacted by AFP, the group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Russia, one of the world’s largest potato producers, is a safe haven food for its people in times of crisis. But the final harvest is greatly affected by weather conditions.
In addition to this french fries issue, once stocks are depleted, Russian McDonald’s will be stripped of all drinks from the American giant Coca-Cola, which has also withdrawn from the Russian market due to the attack on Ukraine.
In addition to McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, dozens of other companies, some of which have been around for decades, left Russia because of the conflict in Ukraine.
In March, Canada’s McCain Foods, the world’s largest french fries maker, announced that it would stop building factories in Russia and suspend shipments to the Russian market.