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McDonald's Forced to Ration Customers' Fries as Supply Shortage Hits Japan

  • Fast food chain sees delay in shipments from North America
  • French fries will only be sold in small sizes until resolved
McDonald's french fries.

McDonald's french fries.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

McDonald’s Holdings Co. Japan will only offer french fries in small sizes from Friday after flooding at a Vancouver port and the coronavirus pandemic have cut off supplies of one of its key offerings.

While the fast-food chain is trying to address the problem with alternative flights and is cooperating with suppliers and importers, it will only offer small-size french fries from Friday through Dec. 30. Elimination of the medium and large-size offerings was necessary “to ensure that as many customers as possible will have continued access to our french fries.”