Tuesday, December 23, 2014

International trade in french fries

There's an imported potato drought in Japan, leading to rationing: The Japan News (English language news from The Yomiuri Shimbun) has the story.

 Sorry! Small fries only

"Japan’s food service industry is in the middle of a potato shortage, due to a port labor dispute on the U.S. West Coast.

"Most of the nation’s chain restaurants use processed spuds from the United States to make french fries, and the prolonged dispute is delaying shipments of the fast food ingredient. McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) stopped selling large- and medium-size fries on Wednesday, and other restaurant chain operators are starting to consider such measures as the expensive process of flying in supplies and suspending french fry sales."

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