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Fry crisis in Asia: KFC Singapore stops selling french fries; McDonald’s Philippines serving just regular fries

As Vernon Lee reports for Yahoo! News, KFC Singapore said on Thursday (28 April) that it is not offering French fries for now but assured customers that the item “will be back soon” amid a global potato shortage. Instead, the fast-food chain is offering wedges, cheese wedges and golden cheddar wedges on its menu in Singapore.

KFC’s post comes more than two months after it announced that “limited French fries” were available due to a global supply disruption. It said then that all meal bundles with French fries would be temporarily replaced with waffle hash and “trade-ups” to French fries and cheese fries were not available during the period.

Kristofer Purnell reports for that McDonald’s Philippines has paused sales of larger portions of their fries due to “the global freight crisis.” The restaurant assured customers that they are “working hard to bring back all sizes very soon.”

Feeling the weight from the potato shortage are Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan. South Korea, for example, began replacing their fries with chicken nuggets and cheese sticks as a sides option.

Source: Yahoo! News. Full report here
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Photo: Screenshot KFC Singapore/Facebook

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