McDonald’s has run out of Hash Browns in Taiwan and is cutting fries to small fries for the second time in Japan, causing chaos in the global supply chain.
The fast food company in Taiwan said it was running out of hash brown imported from the United States and would have to suspend sales due to “unstable global shipments.”
McDonald’s has posted signs in some shop windows announcing the suspension, while the item is listed in the menu as “temporarily unavailable.”
“There is a shortage of hash browns in McDonald’s restaurants and their sales will be temporarily suspended once they are sold out,” the statement said on the company’s website.
“We thank our customers for their support and apologize for the inconvenience,” he added.
The supply chain shortage rippled around the world during the coronavirus pandemic, affecting everything from building materials, wood and food to books, microchips and electronics.
McDonald’s Taiwan said on Friday that some of its stores were running hash browns imported from the United States and would have to suspend sales due to “unstable global delivery.” Pictured: McDonald’s store in Taipei (file photo, 2016)
McDonald’s Taiwan said it intended to resume hash brown sales in the second half of this month after stocks were replenished, adding that fries sales were “normal”.
Meanwhile, Japanese customers will have to settle for a small portion of McDonald’s fries next month after a fast food chain announced it was cutting down on portions due to transportation problems.
McDonald’s Holdings Company Japan said in a statement on Friday that the impact of the flood damage on the port of Vancouver and other disruptions from last year would delay the expected shipment of potatoes from North America.
McDonald’s said it would only sell size S chips for about a month from Sunday to “make sure we have enough supplies and our customers can enjoy McDonald’s chips without interruption.”
The fast food chain took the same step for a week at the end of December at its roughly 2,900 branches in Japan.
Japan is one of McDonald’s largest non-US consumer markets anywhere in the world.
This is not the first time McDonald’s has been affected by global supply chain problems.
In October, McDonald’s restaurants in the United Kingdom were plagued by a shortage of the popular chicken Legend burger, which led to shops removing it from their offerings.
McDonald’s originally said that supply chain problems “affected the availability” of Chicken Legend and that it was working hard to return the goods as soon as possible.
Customers using cell phones are seen through the windows of a McDonald’s store in Tokyo, Japan on July 22, 2016. Japanese McDonald’s is experiencing a shortage of fries
He said in a later statement to Mail Online that the item should still be available in restaurant chains, not for delivery orders.
While in August, restaurants were also hit by a shortage of milkshakes because of supply chain problems.
Since September, countries around the world, including Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada – where potatoes are imported – have struggled with closed supply chains.
The ships spent days off the coast of the world’s major ports and were unable to unload their cargo due to a lack of supply drivers and technical personnel.
Container ships sailed their routes with only partially loaded vessels due to logistical problems in ports and warehouses.
The crisis has led to fears that shops and restaurants will not have enough supplies for the holidays.
An employee cooks fries at McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, Russia on April 24, 2018
The shortage of potatoes came amid a busy period for fast food restaurants in Japan – where the traditional holiday market is dominated by competing KFCs.
For 51 years, many families in Japan have been using KFC as Christmas Eve food.
The first KFC store manager in the country initially sold “party barrels” as an alternative to Roast Turkey on Christmas Day.
The campaign proved so successful that it was eventually launched nationwide in Japan and has since become a tradition for many families.
In 2019, KFC’s Christmas sales were estimated to account for about five percent of the company’s total annual revenue in Japan.
And in an effort to dethrone KFC from the throne of holiday fast food favorites, McDonald’s has launched a campaign to push chicken nuggets as an alternative to turkey.