As tomato prices in India soar nearly 400% to record highs, some outlets of the global fast-food chain, Subway, have stopped serving tomatoes in their salads and sandwiches due to quality issues. This move is the latest response by a foreign brand to the inflationary pressures in the country, Reuters reported.
A Subway outlet at a Delhi airport terminal announced the “Temporary Unavailability of TOMATOES” in a sign, stating that the restaurant could not get enough supplies that passed its quality checks. The outlet is working to restore the tomato supplies.
It is unclear how many outlets are affected. However, at least two in New Delhi, one in Uttar Pradesh, and one in Chennai have stopped serving tomatoes.
This move follows a similar decision by McDonald’s restaurants in India, which dropped tomatoes from their burgers and wraps in many parts of India due to quality issues, as reported earlier by Benzinga.
The government attributes the higher prices of tomatoes to a lean production season as monsoon rains disrupt transport and distribution. In response, the government has organised mobile vans to supply tomatoes at cheaper rates.
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