Venezuela McDonald’s has had its chips as it battles US action

Caitlin Morrison
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Diners at McDonald’s in Venezuela are having to forgo fries during a “temporary shortage”
FAST food giant McDonald’s has run out of french fries at its Venezuelan restaurants.

The company has blamed contract disputes with dock workers for halting the export of frozen fries from the US to Venezuela.

One City worker who hails from Venezuela told City A.M. that although he was dismayed by the news that McDonald’s was out of chips: “I can’t say I’m surprised.”

A spokeswoman for the company said: “McDonald’s Venezuela is working to resolve this temporary shortage.” She added that customers would continue to receive the “McDonald’s experience”, with “100 per cent Venezuelan options”, such as yucca fries and arepas, which are a type of corn pancake.

Venezuela is currently dealing with food shortages among a series of economic woes that have been worsened by falling oil prices.

According to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Venezuela’s oil revenues account for about 95 per cent of export earnings and the oil and gas sector is around 25 per cent of the country’s GDP.

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