(Moscow) Vkusno i Tochka, which took over McDonald’s restaurants in Russia in June, faces a shortage of French fries due to Western sanctions against Moscow, business news site RBK reported on Friday.
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The brand’s first restaurants opened in Russia on June 12, drawing crowds of visitors nostalgic for McDonald’s, which announced layoffs at its 850 restaurants in March before pulling out of the country in May.
“Vkusno i totchka in some restaurants [Délicieux, Point]There will be no more fries”, one of the popular dishes of the chain’s Russian customers, the RBK website pointed out, citing the press service of the Russian group.
According to the group, the 2021 harvest of French fries in Russia has been poor, leading to shortages and “imports from foreign markets.” […] Western sanctions imposed on Moscow as a result of the Russian offensive against Ukraine have made that impossible, he said.
With the start of the 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 spokesperson said.
Contacted by AFP, the group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Russia is one of the world’s largest potato producers and a safe haven for the country’s population in times of crisis. But the last harvest was badly affected by the weather.
In addition to this problem of fries, once the stocks of Russian McDonald’s run out, all the drinks of the American giant Coca-Cola, which withdrew from the Russian market due to the attack on Ukraine, will be lost.
Besides McDonald’s and Coca Cola, dozens of other companies, some of which have been around for decades, have left Russia because of the conflict in Ukraine.
In March, Canadian company McCain Foods, the world’s largest producer of french fries, announced that it would stop construction of its factory in Russia and stop supplying its products to the Russian market.