McDonald’s is running out of fries in Japan

Does the flap of a  butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? Not necessarily, but a labor dispute on the west coast of the United States has caused 3,135 Japanese McDonald’s to restrict their sales of french fries. The dispute, between 20,000 dockworkers and the shipping lines that employ them at 29 ports, has lengthened the time it takes to get the required tonnage of frozen fried potatoes to Japan from two to four weeks.

The dispute, coupled with rail service delays, record levels of imports into the US, and other factors, means that McDonald’s restaurants in the country will only be able to sell small portions of french fries over the busy new year period. Spokesperson Kokoro Toyama told Reuters that the situation was…

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