The inevitable has come. The impending global potato shortage has finally been felt by Malaysians, with...
McDonald's Malaysia temporarily halting the sales of large French Fries beginning today, 24 January.
In a statement on McDonald's Malaysia's social media accounts today, the fast food giant said it has to make a "large sacri-fries"
"We are facing a fry-tening supply crunch on French Fries," said the fast food chain in a pun-laden post.
"But fret not. While you can't 'Go Large' for the time being, you can still enjoy your favourite meals and fries in Medium size. Time fries… It'll be back before you know it."
The world has been going through a potato shortage for quite some time now.
In December last year, McDonald's Japan halted the sales of hash browns as well as Medium and Large French Fries.
According to Malay Mail citing SoraNews 24, KFC Japan suspended sales of its French fries in October 2021.
On 8 January, The Washington Post reported that the global potato shortage is a "real problem for a planet addicted to French fries and chips".
The international news outlet noted that China, Russia, India, and the US are the world's top potato producers, and the latter had to destroy a glut of millions of potatoes due to lockdowns in the nation.
Stay-at-home orders led to a sharp drop in demand, causing Japan — the US' largest overseas market for potatoes — to feel the pinch of the potato shortage.
Japan has over 3,000 McDonald's franchises.
Other reasons that contributed to the shortage are the discovery of potato wart fungus in Canada and extreme weather conditions in South Africa, reported Mashable SEA.
The situation gets even worse with supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Let's hope the potato shortage crisis will be over soon.
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