The world’s largest fast food restaurant, McDonald’s, has temporarily suspended the sale of jumbo French fries. This was done by McD Indonesia, and it also happened before in Japan and Malaysia.
In Indonesia, the cessation of jumbo portion of french fries will start on Wednesday (2/2) tomorrow. This step was taken, due to the limited stock of potatoes. This was revealed by the management of McDonald’s Indonesia through its official Instagram account. “Due to the limited availability of french fries at this time, starting February 2, for the time being Large French Fries are not available,” wrote McD’s Instagram account quoted Wednesday (2/2). In Japan, the temporary suspension of the jumbo portion of the french fries menu has been going on since last December 2021. Meanwhile in Malaysia, McDonald’s outlets have only been selling regular and medium-sized fries since last week. McDonald’s admits that there is a shortage of potatoes, which are the raw materials for french fries. This type of potato is imported, among others, from Canada. Scarcity occurs due to global supply chain problems.
Quoted from the official McDonald’s website, their french fries are made from a special type of potato that is cultivated in England and North America. The potato varieties are Pentland Dell, Shepody, Innovator, Russet Burbank, and Ivory Russet. “These potato varieties provide the best taste and have a beautiful shape and length when cut. All the farms that grow our potatoes are certified ‘Red Tractor’ or its equivalent,” wrote McDonald’s quoted Wednesday (2/2). ‘Red Tractor’ is a food and beverage certification label adopted by the UK, demonstrating the stringent standards from the farm or farm to the packaging. Shepody or Solanum tuberosum, a type of potato that is widely grown in New Brunswick, Canada. This is the main type that is widely used as raw material for McD french fries.