It has resorted to selling deep-fried 'alternatives' Reuters

A contract dispute involving dock workers on the West Coast of the USA has led to a shortage of fries in McDonald's outlets in Venezuela.

Over 100 McDonald's in the South American country have run out of their delicious fries and are now dishing up alternatives, such as deep-fried arepa flatbreads or yuca.

Venezuela's tricky economic situation is also playing its part in the shortages apparently. Chief marketing officer of the US Potato Board, John Toaspern, said that Venezuela had imported good deal less frozen potatoes in the first 10 months of 2014 than the previous year.

That said, McDonald's Japan has also been experiencing problems on the fries front,

In December, over 3,000 McDonald's outlets across Japan announced that they will only be selling smaller portions of fries for the time being, thanks to the dispute between dockworkers and terminal operators in the US.

Terminal operators at 29 shipping lines across the west coast of the US have been in deadlock, and transit times to Japan have more than doubled to between two to four weeks, according to reports.