Former McDonald’s restaurants in Russia are facing a shortage of French fries due to a poor harvest and Western sanctions against Ukraine, a business newspaper reported on Friday.
The American fast-food giant announced in May that it would leave Russia following Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine.
A Russian businessman bought the operation of 850 restaurants, with the brand now known as “Vkusno i Tochka” (“Delicious. Full Stop”).
The restaurant that launched McDonald’s in Russia in 1990, heralding the opening of Moscow after decades of Soviet rule, reopened in June with a new name and logo.
But now some restaurants in the chain are seeing a shortage of fries.
“Some of the recently opened Vkusno i Tochka restaurants will not have fries,” the RBC business newspaper said, citing the company.
“Vkusno i Tochka” did not immediately respond to a request for comment from AFP.
The shortage has been linked to a poor harvest in 2021 as well as the company’s inability to import potatoes from several countries due to Western sanctions.
The company hopes to see the return of fried potato slices to its restaurant menu in the fall, with the start of the new harvest year.
The world’s largest French fries producer, McCain, said in March that it was giving up on building a factory in Russia and suspending all shipments of its products to the Russian market.