Burger King follows McDonald’s in cutting tomatoes from its menu
In India, Burger King has removed tomatoes from its menu due to the high price of tomatoes.
Last month, McDonald’s (MCD) announced that many of its restaurants across the country would remove tomatoes from their burgers due to quality concerns.
The Indian outlets of Burger King say they can’t add tomatoes to their menus anymore.
It said the current absence of tomatoes was due to “unpredictable conditions on quality and supply of tomato crops” in a frequently asked questions section on its website.
There was no indication whether tomatoes would be removed from all or just some stores.
Among the reasons for Burger King’s decision is the fact that India’s central bank raised its inflation forecast from 5.1% to 5.4% citing the rising price of certain foods in the world’s most populous country.
“The spike in vegetable prices, led by tomatoes, will exert significant upward pressure on the near-term inflation trajectory,” it wrote.
According to Reuters, Subway announced last week that its Indian outlets would charge 30 rupees ($0.40) more for cheese slices in most sandwiches.
The ubiquitous tomato is an essential part of Indian cuisine. It is, however, becoming increasingly difficult for many people to afford this beloved ingredient.
Due to scorching heat waves and heavy rains, tomato prices in India have soared by more than 400% in recent months, according to farmers and agriculture experts. Prices have moderated somewhat in August.
The Department of Consumer Affairs reports a startling jump in tomato prices from 27 rupees ($0.33) in January to 107 rupees ($1.29) this week in New Delhi.
As a result of extreme weather associated with climate change, prices are high, said Jocelyn Boiteau, a postdoctoral associate at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition.
The south of India has only a few regions that have suitable conditions for growing tomatoes during the summer months, so any “climate-related issues” will not affect those regions.