French fries producers refuse to supply Russia, says McDonald’s successor

The head of the company who now runs the former McDonald’s Corp restaurant chain in Russia told RBC TV that French fries producers were refusing to supply the country and warned that attempts to increase domestic processing were being met 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.

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

The new owner was keen to point out that high quality standards would be maintained, if not improved, and consumers wouldn’t notice much of a difference. He has since been forced to admit he faced a shortage of French fries until the autumn, blaming a poor harvest in Russia and supply chain issues.

“What has happened now is that due to well-known events, many foreign companies, I would even say all the major French fries producers, refused to deliver this product to Russia,” Paroev said. on RBC TV, a business channel, Thursday night.

Paroev said factories in “friendly” and “unfriendly” countries that produce French fries belong to five or six large companies, whose headquarters are based in hostile countries and therefore refused to supply to Russia.

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

Paroev said there was a shortage in the Russian harvest this year of the specific potatoes needed for French fries and that other problems could arise, with only a few companies able to process potatoes for French fries in Russia. .

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