Manufacturers of french fries refuse to deliver to Russia, says McDonald’s successor

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MOSCOW, July 15 (Reuters) – The head of the company, which now operates the former McDonald’s Corp restaurant chain in Russia, told RBC TV that French fries producers are refusing to supply the country, warning that attempts to increase the domestic processing is fraught with difficulties.

McDonald’s left Russia after a Western backlash against Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine, which included a barrage of economic sanctions, and sold all the restaurants it owned to a local licensee in May.

Restaurants began opening under the new name Vkusno & tochka, or “Tasty and that’s it”, on June 12th. CEO Oleg Paroev told Reuters that the chain had sold nearly 120,000 burgers on opening day.

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The new ownership was keen to emphasize that high quality standards would be maintained or even improved and that consumers would not notice the big difference. It has since been forced to admit that it faces a shortage of french fries until the autumn, blaming a poor harvest in Russia and problems in the supply chain. Read more

“What has happened now is that due to well-known events, many foreign companies, I would even say that all major producers of french fries, have refused to supply this product to Russia,” Paroev told RBC TV, a business channel, late Thursday.

Paroev said factories in both “friendly” and “unfriendly” countries that produce fritters belong to five or six large companies, headquartered in unfriendly nations and which have therefore refused to supply Russia.

Moscow considers countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia because of its actions in Ukraine “unfriendly”.

Paroev said there was a shortage in Russia’s harvest this year of the specific potatoes needed for french fries and that other problems could arise, with only a few companies capable of processing potatoes for french fries in Russia.

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