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Supply Chain

French fries, wine -- Asia food sector hit by supply chain crunch

Indonesia and Malaysia, like Japan, grapple with potato shortage

A container shortage has hit supplies of food and drink, such as french fries and wine, to Asia. (Source photos by AP, Getty Images and Kosaku Mimura) 

TOKYO -- A shortage of containers used in international shipping in recent months has left Asia's food sector facing delays and sales suspensions.

Mos Burger, run by Mos Food Services, became the latest to be hit, saying on Wednesday that it was suspending the sale of french fries from Thursday. The fast-food chain has been battling delays in potato shipments due to the pandemic-induced supply crunch plus unseasonable weather. The company expects the potato shortage to affect 1,256 outlets until mid-March.

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