McDonald's Japan only sells fries in small sizes due to supply crunch

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McDonald's Co. (Japan) will only offer french fries in small sizes as potato imports from North America have been delayed due to flooding near a Vancouver port and a worldwide logistics disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sale of medium- and large-size fries will be stopped from Friday to Dec. 30 as the potato supply falls, McDonald's said in a statement on Tuesday. The hamburger chain continues to sell small-size offerings as it tries to make sure customers can enjoy the popular item despite the shortage.

McDonald's said it is expediting the procurement of potatoes and plans to put medium- and large-size fries back on the menu by 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 31.

The suspension will take place at about 2,900 stores nationwide. The supply issue will not affect its hash brown offerings, the company said.