Tomato is breaking the back of housewives these days. It is not only the housewives who are upset due to the sudden increase in the prices of tomatoes. Now India’s leading food chain McDonald’s is also troubled by this.
McDonald’s India has decided to remove tomatoes from its food items. The company has issued a statement on July 7 informing the customers about this. McDonald’s said it has decided to temporarily remove tomatoes from the menu due to procurement difficulties.
A McDonald’s India North and East India spokesperson said the food chain was unable to include tomatoes in its food menu due to seasonal issues. However, the company also clarified that 10 to 15 percent of its stores have banned the addition of tomatoes and there is no serious tomato availability problem in the South and West.
He told that the problem of flies increases during the monsoon in the country and if this happens then less quantity of tomatoes gets destroyed. According to McDonald’s India West and South, this is a seasonal problem and is faced by the restaurant and food industry every year during the monsoon.
McDonald’s India did not say whether the company is taking this decision due to non-availability of tomatoes. But it is clear that the prices of tomatoes are skyrocketing in the country and the reason for this is heavy rains in many states. Due to which the supply chain has been affected, weather problems have negatively affected the quality of the crop from transportation. Due to this, the price of tomato has reached Rs 130-155 per kg in areas like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Uttar Pradesh.
McDonald’s India in its statement said that this is a temporary issue and the company is exploring all ways to include tomatoes back in its food menu at the earliest.
The company has also said that the brand has always been cautious about the quality and safety of the food and that is why tomatoes have to be removed from the food menu for the time being as they are not able to pass the company’s world-class quality checks.