No more small fries, Japan's french fry shortage ends

Fries can be super-sized once more in Japan's McDonald's restaurants.
By Brooks Hays   |   Dec. 26, 2014 at 4:18 PM
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TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- After three weeks of rationing, McDonald's restaurants in Japan say the country's french fry shortage is finally over.

With several emergency shipments of potatoes having been delivered in recent days -- and more on the way -- the fast food chain announced Friday it will no longer limit customers in Japan to a single small fry order.

Since the fries shortage first began in early December, McDonald's officials have been working to arrange more than 2,000 tons worth of french-fries shipments.

"This is a measure we've decided to take because we might run out of fries. We apologize to customers for the inconvenience," a McDonald's spokesperson told Kyodo News last week.

While West Coast ports weren't able to come through, a number of large shipments from the East Coast have either already been delivered or are en route -- a large enough resupply to give managers the confidence to resume business as usual.

The supply of fries from the West Coast was disrupted by a series of labor disputes. Japan's fast food restaurants rely heavily on pre-cut frozen potatoes (ready for the fryer), as locally-produced potatoes are mostly eaten fresh.

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