A facet of fries with a burger is a staple. But nations like Japan rely upon American growers for a lot of the frozen potatoes which might be processed into fries and bought at main chains — and a dwindling stock of potatoes has put fast-food chains in a pickle.
Burger King, which operates over 150 eating places in Japan, discovered a means across the shortage. Until new provides lastly arrive, prospects are being requested to swap out fries for one thing Japan has no shortage of: ramen noodles.
Burger King calls it the “almost-potato set,” which incorporates a burger and a facet of crunchy ramen noodles. The noodles are are good and salty, however aren’t the identical.
Customers in Japan instructed CBS News’ Lucy Craft that the ramen could not be a everlasting solution.
“I’d be sad without fries,” one particular person mentioned. “I always get fries with my burger.”
“If Burger King had only crunchy ramen, maybe I’d just go to McDonald’s,” one other mentioned.
Burger King mentioned its uncommon choices have earned it devoted followers, including that many have given up fries as a present of loyalty. The chain additionally thought of substituting fries with choices like broiled squid, apple pie and even boiled ramen.
Burger King is not the one fast-food chain grappling with spud shortfalls. Last winter, rival McDonald’s was pressured to ration fries and potato nuggets for almost a month.