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McDonald’s Japan’s French fry rationing extended for about another month

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By SoraNews24

As we approached the end of last year, fast food fans were hit by the news of a French fry shortage in Japan which has most notably affected the chain McDonald’s.

As a result, for a week the restaurant limited sales to only small-size orders of fries, which are called “Mac Fry Potato” in Japan. At the time, the rationing was attributed to delays caused by the ongoing global supply chain crisis as well as large-scale flooding in British Columbia, Canada, where the potatoes are imported from.

The restrictions were set to end on the first day of 2022, and even an American logistics company tweeted that they were airlifting a huge amount of relief potatoes. However, those tweets have been since deleted, and it appears that more unforeseen circumstances have emerged, such as bad weather en route to Japan, which are causing further delays.

Mac Fry Potato rationing will continue for approximately one more month. This means that until around the end of January, customers will not be able to get large or medium orders.

▼ We certainly shouldn’t be expecting the surprise return of the Mega Potato anytime soon either.

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Also, when ordering combos the size will automatically be changed to a small and the price will be reduced by 50 yen. This is bad news for the delightfully named PotéNagé sets of fries and nuggets as well, because their sales are currently suspended until more spuds can arrive.

Needless to say, many were disappointed to not be able to ring in the new year with plentiful amounts of Mac Fry Potato.

“Small ones don’t have enough….”

“I go to McDonald’s for nuggets, fries, and maybe a side of burger on occasion, so this is basically like a store closure for me.”

“Not again!!!”

“Seriously, they’re doing this twice?!”

“I knew this was going to happen because they didn’t release any coupons for fries.”

“Can’t we get some billionaire to airlift them in again?”

“At first I didn’t like the idea of small size, but when I had it, it was kind of nice actually.”

“I just bought a kilogram of fries at the supermarket, so I’m set.”

“But there’s no restrictions on how many small size you want to buy. They just want to make money.”

It’s true that although everyone is limited to small-size Mac Fry Potato, it is possible to order 20 of them if so inclined. However, contrary to the theory in the last comment, the price difference is fairly negligible.

According to the McDonald’s Japan website, a small Mac Fry Potato is estimated at 74 grams, a medium is 135 grams, and a large is 170 grams. So, in order to get about the same amount of French fries as a large, which costs 330 yen, one could either buy two smalls for 300 yen that would also have slightly fewer fries at 148 grams, or three smalls for 450 yen, which would have considerably more fries at 222 grams.

Combined with the inherent randomness of the way fries are scooped into the containers, it’s fair to say that you’d be getting more or less the same bang for you buck by ordering multiple smalls. So, this does seem more like a move to inconvenience people from getting larger amounts of fries in order to prolong the supply, rather than a simple cash-grab.

Still, it’s going to be hard times for fans to get large amounts of McDonald’s French fries in a single order.

Source: FNNOtaku.com

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

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I guess too many are hooked on McDonald’s that a French fry shortage is actually possible in this highly condensed population of Tokyo. Burger King and other fast food burgers restaurants have fries. Why do Japanese love McDonald’s fries so much?

3 ( +5 / -2 )

McDonald's successfully getting free advertising for a second time. Smart people in the marketing department!

10 ( +13 / -3 )

are the potatoes locally sourced?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

are the potatoes locally sourced?

I would like to see fewer international chains and more local restaurants, especially ones that use locally sourced ingredients. Locavorism (if there is such a word) could benefit small farmers, reduce the control had by larger businesses (possibly create more opportunities for smaller businesses and individuals) and reduce the amount of energy used to get crops delivered. "Small is beautiful"

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Avoiding mass produced fast food in Japan is easy, so I do.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Why is this news?

4 ( +8 / -4 )

The problem is a lack of vegetable oil. That's about 80% of McDonalds French fries. 5% salt, 5% artificial flavoring, 10% potato.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Solution: order 2 small ones. Or is the average McDonald's customer too cheap or too poor to do so? Perhaps they should buy onigiris from 7-11 instead.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

I prefer Mos Berger's French fries though food products there are more expensive.

It may be a sign of poverty when people rush to wait in a long queue seeking such a junk.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

If you have a half hour to spare, and want to watch a circus, order 2 small fries, then ask them to put them in large fry box; the staff will flip out!! Hahaha!

4 ( +8 / -4 )

The answer is to go to Gusto. Their stacked plate of fries is about 40% bigger than a Mac L size, for the same price. They even do a double "Mt. Fuji" size for 500 yen. The Karayoshi fried chicken you can get in Gusto now is also very good, super crispy.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

@Zoroto

Indeed they should. Onigiri is much better.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

and even an American logistics company tweeted that they were airlifting a huge amount of relief potatoes. However, those tweets have been since deleted,

People actually believed that guy?

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Fast food should carry explicit health warmings of flaccid fatties, and be taxed like tobacco.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Here’s an idea…. Stop charging $40 for a few kilos of potatoes from Hokkaido to pretty domestic farmers, and use the local stuff. Might seem a waste, but if people are crying that much about fries…

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Nice news!

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

The restrictions were set to end on the first day of 2022, and even an American logistics company tweeted that they were airlifting a huge amount of relief potatoes. 

The restrictions did end - there were large fries until yesterday. This writer needs to get their facts straight!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Quasi-rationing was in effect for a week. Operation ‘Mac Fry Potato’ has now moved to *semi***-rationing for the next month. We are not a full-blown fry rationing, yet.**

- “Mac Fry Potato rationing will continue for approximately one more month. This means that until around the end of January, customers will not be able to get large or medium orders.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Another example of ‘*shrinkflation’: *Manipulation by Corporate Japan to get working-poor consumers accustomed to paying more for smaller amounts. -

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

I remember the Irish potato famine I just hope the poor and uneducated in Japan don’t suffer fate as my family did.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

What’s the holdup? - Japan’s American allies had just announced their airlift of 370,000 kgs equal to over 7million servings to aid in these humanitarian relief efforts:

Dec 29, 2021 - https://japantoday.com/category/business/american-businessman-promises-urgent-flights-of-potatoes-to-japan-to-ease-french-fry-shortage

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Who cares?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Can't they just use locally grown potatoes?

Also, why change the name of the fries to, “Mac Fry Potato”? This Japanese-ing of commonly used English terms results in Japanese people speaking English that makes no sense. Try to order "fry potatoes" in Europe or the States - you're not going to get fries.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Too many . . . French Fries may not be considered healthy . . . .

(see, https://fastfoodnutrition.org/mcdonalds/french-fries/medium)

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Imagine this type of event but multiply by thousand folds if Japan defends Taiwan against China.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Yes indeed source locally.

Or grow them...

Dispatches from a Japanese Garden – Buried Treasure

https://www.harrowsmithmag.com/5321/dispatches-from-a-japanese-garden-buried-treasure

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0 ( +1 / -1 )

My blood pressure may fall this month.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Names for dishes usually follow from where the recipes first originated or, from where they were first ‘discovered and introduced to the rest of the world@purple_depressed_bacon 10:41am:

“Also, why change the name of the fries to, ‘Mac Fry Potato’?” - Try to order "fry potatoes" in Europe or the States - you're not going to get fries” -

The dish known worldwide today as ‘French Fries’ were deemed so by American soldiers in Belgium during World War I. The dominant language of southern Belgium is French, thereby dubbed the fried potatoes as “French fries”.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

. . . Although some may have another opinion:

*- @zichi 10:54am: “These would be “Japanese fries”, not “French.”*

Sure. Try labeling them as such “Japanese Fries” and watch for quizzical expectations of ‘wasabi flavour’, etc.

(Yes, yes. “Cornish pasties” are only those produced with meat & potato in Cornwall.)

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Onigiri is much better.

Or be like Ohtani Shohei, and stop eating white rice and eat brown rice or oatmeal instead for carbs. I'd eat onigiri made with genmai if it was more widely available, but expecting most Japanese to switch to brown rice is probably nearly impossible.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I don't have problem with it since I give my preference to Japanese cuisine rather than McDonalds.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Mc Donalds....Junk.

Hope they disappear off the face of the planet!!

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I remember the Irish potato famine I just hope the poor and uneducated in Japan don’t suffer fate as my family did.

Oh, Cricky O' Cricky, yer takin' the Micky!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Oh well. Probably should diet after New Years anyway. But one thing I can't figure out. Fries in the pic look quite a bit more than the L-size here. Am I missing something?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Am I missing something?

Read the sentence directly above it..

1 ( +1 / -0 )

are the potatoes locally sourced?

It's in the news just above:

*the rationing was attributed to delays caused by the ongoing global supply chain crisis as well as large-scale flooding in British Columbia, Canada, where the potatoes are imported from.*

*it appears that more unforeseen circumstances have emerged, such as bad weather en route to Japan, which are causing further delays.*

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I never understoof the appeal of the twiglet style chips you get in fast food joints... give me a nice portion of thick cut chips, splattered with vinegar and tomato sauce.

Strange how the shortage only seems to be affecting the Big Yellow M.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

This is obviously just a marketing scam. People are so easily duped.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I had an M size fries at Kichijoji McDonald and they didn't seem to have rationing problem.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

No such shortage in Okinawa.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Not sure about McDonald's Japan, but the fries in the U.S. contain:

Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [wheat And Milk Derivatives]), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (maintain Color), Salt. natural Beef Flavor Contains Hydrolyzed Wheat And Hydrolyzed Milk As Starting Ingredients.

Contains: Wheat, Milk.

(from their website)

At least potatoes is the number one ingredient...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Maybe that's why they're so yummy, it's the wheat and milk. I get my grains and dairy and my veggies, healthy as can be.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

are the potatoes locally sourced?

That’s for the supermarkets. For the ones who like cooking

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Oh no, it's Spudmegeddon!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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