McDonald’s stores in Kazakhstan close due to supply problems

Adriana Lima
By Adriana Lima 1 Min Read
origin 1Workers tear down a McDonald’s sign from a restaurant in Almaty, Kazakhstan ©AFP

Workers removed the branding from McDonald’s outlets in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, on Friday after the fast food giant’s local business appeared to be suffering collateral damage from the Russia-Ukraine war.

Many Kazakhs, proud of their meat-centric cuisine, expressed disbelief that McDonald’s Kazakh licensee Food Solutions KZ could not source its beef patties locally and imported them from Russia until the war l ‘forced to stop and eventually shut down.

The Kazakh company said on Thursday it would soon reopen its restaurants under a new brand due to “supply issues”.

Many Kazakh companies have faced supply problems following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent Western sanctions against Moscow. Neighboring Russia is Kazakhstan’s largest trading partner.

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