Police: Customer shoots St. Louis KFC employee over no corn
A KFC employee in St. Louis has been hospitalized after a customer shot him because he was upset that the restaurant had run out of corn, police said. Investigators said the man tried to place an order in the restaurant's drive-thru lane. A 25-year-old employee who went outside to talk to the driver returned to the restaurant and said he had been shot, police said.news.yahoo.com
KFC apologizes for app alert urging orders for Kristallnacht
KFC has apologized for accidentally sending an automated push alert to its app users in Germany that appeared to urge people to order food to commemorate the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht — the “Night of Broken Glass” — when Nazis terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria.
KFC apologizes for app alert urging orders for Kristallnacht
KFC has apologized for accidentally sending an automated push alert to its app users in Germany that appeared to urge people to order food to commemorate the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht — the “Night of Broken Glass” — when Nazis terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria. The company faced an outcry for the alert that went out Wednesday at a time when Jewish groups are warning of rising antisemitism. KFC Germany said the notification was an “unplanned, insensitive and unacceptable message and for this we sincerely apologize."news.yahoo.com
"TV husbands" Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet reunited with a funny moment
"Modern Family" actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet played husbands on TV and they're still friends. This is what happened when Stonestreet got to meet Ferguson's son, Beckett, for the first time.news.yahoo.com
Making US Popcorn Chicken using all 42 KFC ingredients
You probably know about the 11 herbs and spices, BUT there are over 40 other ingredients that go into making your popcorn chicken. We wanted to find out exactly what makes that chicken so addictive, and to see if we could build our own from scratch. KFC doesn’t have its ingredients easily available on its website, BUT we managed to get our hands on an ingredients list from a few years ago and we’re going to follow it to the letter.news.yahoo.com
Hong Kong authorities remove hamsters from pet shop over Covid scare
Authorities remove hamsters from a pet shop in Hong Kong after an employee and a customer handling hamsters tested positive for coronavirus. The city will cull hundreds of the animals after some were found to have Covid, officials said Tuesday, as the city tries to maintain its strict "zero-Covid" strategy.news.yahoo.com
Tacos via text? There’s a new way to place your order
Soon placing a fast food order will be, well, faster. KFC, Taco Bell, Habit Burger and Pizza Hut will soon allow customers to place their fast food orders via text. YUM Brands Inc., the parent company of the national fast food chains, is in the process of acquiring an Israeli company that would facilitate fast food orders via text. There are even plans in the works for customers to be able to place orders through their social media messaging accounts like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Tiktuk Technologies Ltd. was founded in 2016 to facilitate fast food orders via text.
KFC to enter chicken sandwich wars with new premium version
KFC is starting off 2021 by entering the chicken sandwich wars. Starting Thursday, KFC's sandwich is available in select restaurants in Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Louisville, Kentucky, Sacramento, California, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the spring, KFC tested the sandwich in Orlando, Florida, and the item nearly doubled its original sales projections. "Many customers hadn't considered KFC as a part of the chicken sandwich conversation, but anyone who tastes this sandwich will know, without a doubt, that we're playing to win," said Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer of KFC U.S. The sandwich consists of a quarter-pound chicken breast filet that's been double breaded, a toasted brioche bun, pickles and either mayo or spicy sauce.cnbc.com
Yum Brands quarterly revenue rises 8%, fueled by higher Taco Bell demand
Yum Brands on Thursday reported that its quarterly revenue rose 8%, fueled by Taco Bell's return to positive same-store sales growth. Same-store sales across Yum fell 2%, but the company's digital sales set a record for a quarter, reaching $4 billion. Taco Bell reported same-store sales growth of 3%. Last quarter, the chain saw its same-store sales fall 8%, hurt by lower demand from early morning and late-night customers. KFC's global same-store sales fell 4%, despite U.S. same-store sales growth of 9%.cnbc.com
Taco Bell owner's same-store sales drop 7% in first three months of year, says trends improving in April
Yum Brands on Wednesday reported that global same-store sales fell 7% in the first three months of the year as the coronavirus pandemic closed thousands of its restaurants and weighed on Pizza Hut and KFC's sales. Excluding China, KFC's quarterly same-store sales fell 2%, hit by store closures and shelter-at-home mandates across the world in March. Pizza Hut, the laggard of Yum's portfolio, reported even steeper same-store sales declines of 11% as sales in the U.S. and China fell. Excluding China, Pizza Hut's same-store sales fell 5% in the quarter. Taco Bell was the only brand to report positive same-store sales growth during the quarter.cnbc.com
Christopher Martin Presents Live Stream Performance on VP Records YouTube Page
Official Kickoff Jamaicas COVID-19 Fundraising EffortsNEW YORK VP Records artist Christopher Martin has joined forces with Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ), KFC and VP Records for an at home concert to aid Jamaicas health sector during the fight against COVID-19. This event will be broadcasted live on the VP Records YouTube channel. Set for Sunday, April 5th at 7pm EST on VP Records YouTube channel, ROJ has vowed to support the charity during the concert. This live stream performance will be the official launch to Jamaicas COVID-19 fundraising efforts. Telethon Jamaica is being spearheaded by an alliance of global diaspora organizations with the endorsement of the government of Jamaica.sflcn.com
Yum Brands CEO to forgo 2020 salary to fund general manager bonuses
Yum Brands said Monday that CEO David Gibbs will forgo the rest of his base salary in 2020 to fund one-time $1,000 bonuses to the company's nearly 1,200 restaurant general managers across KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill. His salary will also help fund the Yum Brands Foundation Global Employee Medical Relief Fund, according to a regulatory filing. The fund will provide financial hardship grants to those directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including company and franchise restaurant employees. Gibbs stood to make $900,000 from his salary this year, excluding any performance-based bonuses. Among them: Darden Restaurants CEO Gene Lee, who is not taking a salary and The Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton, who is taking a 20% pay cut.cnbc.com
Pizza Hut's slumping US business eyes turnaround with new management
Even with a sponsorship deal with the National Football League, Pizza Hut's U.S. business is struggling to find a win. The warning follows yet another disappointing quarter from the pizza chain, which reported a same-store sales decline of 2% in the fourth quarter. In the U.S., which is its largest market by systemwide sales, same-store sales fell even further, dropping 4%. In the wake of Pizza Hut's lackluster financial results, Yum also announced that it has tapped Kevin Hochman as interim president of Pizza Hut's U.S. division. He will maintain those responsibilities while serving as interim president of Pizza Hut U.S."He's using that same playbook at Pizza Hut.cnbc.com
KFC to sell Beyond Meat's plant-based 'fried chicken' in the southern US
Consumers stand in line at an Atlanta-based KFC throughout the day to be among the first to try Beyond Fried Chicken, a plant-based chicken made in partnership with Beyond Meat, on Tuesday Aug. 27, 2019. (Beyond Meat said on Wednesday it will supply plant-based "fried chicken" to several KFC stores in Tennessee and North Carolina, after a test conducted last year showed strong consumer demand. While those companies have rolled out imitation pork or beef patties, Yum Brand's KFC is the first to launch plant-based "chicken." The product is 80 calories per piece and looks a bit like a fried chicken nugget, with a sinewy texture designed to feel like chicken. It will be available next month in dozens of stores in and around Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina.cnbc.com
Taco Bell's parent is buying Habit Burger as a way to break into the fast-casual industry
Yum Brands' $375 million acquisition of Habit Restaurants gives the owner of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut an opportunity to break into the fast-casual industry at a time when fast-food restaurants are struggling. Habit operates Habit Burger Grill, a premium burger chain founded in 1969 with nearly 280 locations, including several in China. While the overall fast-casual industry has seen its traffic growth slow in recent years, it is still outpacing that of fast-food restaurants. Visits to U.S. fast-casual restaurants increased by 3% in the year ended November 2019, according to data from The NPD Group's Crest service. Habit will be Yum's first fast-casual restaurant acquisition since it went public more than two decades ago under the name Tricon Global Restaurants.cnbc.com
KFC tests chicken and donuts sandwich
KFC is testing a chicken sandwich held together by donuts in place of a bun. Customers have two options: a chicken and doughnut basket meal for $5.49, which includes chicken tenders or bone-chicken plus a doughnut; or a chicken sandwich for $5.99, featuring a fried chicken patty between two doughnut buns -- the much more exciting option. Or maybe they're just trying to capitalize on some of the chicken sandwich craze. If weird fried chicken sandwich combinations are your thing, KFC also created a Cheetos chicken sandwich over the summer. So this might not be the last of the chicken sandwich game we see from KFC.
Taco Bell now has a vegetarian menu
(CNN) - Taco Bell is debuting a vegetarian section on its newly redesigned menu, which also includes two new items. Those are in addition to its two other existing vegetarian options that will be displayed prominently in a new "Vegetarian Favorites" menu. In total, there are more than a dozen vegetarian items on Taco Bell's menu. Taco Bell emphasized that non-vegetarian items can be made vegetarian by substituting beans for meat. Taco Bell said in a release said it plans to "further innovate in this growing space."
US restaurant chains look to China for sales growth as trade war continues
Restaurant Brands InternationalRestaurant Brands International's most recent acquisition, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, announced a franchising deal last week to develop 1,500 stores in China over the next decade. Popeyes is the last of Restaurant Brands' three chains to sign such a deal. Restaurant Brands' stock, which has a market value of $35.6 billion, is up 48% so far this year. Tim Hortons, which boasts that it sells eight out of 10 cups of coffee in Canada, has seen sales growth slow in its home market. Now it is looking to China's rapidly expanding coffee market for sales growth.cnbc.com
Cheetos sandwich coming to KFC this summer
Apparently, KFC believes the answer to question is a big orange "no." The fast food giant unveiled its new Cheetos chicken sandwich to be sold nationwide starting on July 1. Cheetos sandwich, you say? Other than the crispy fried chicken, the sandwich will include actual Cheetos and Cheetos-flavored sauce and mayo. "For years, people have been creating their own versions of a Cheetos-fied sandwich at home and now the fried chicken experts at KFC are launching the Cheetos Sandwich across the U.S. and giving fans the cheesy, crispy crunch that they’ll love," a press release said.
KFC is selling a fire log that smells like fried chicken
MIAMI – Talk about a mouth-watering aroma...Just in time for the holidays, KFC is selling firelogs that smell like fried chicken. The "KFC 11 Herbs and Spices firelog" is selling online for $18.99. But be careful... KFC jokingly says it "may attract bears or neighbors who are hungry." Customers are limited to one log while supplies last. CLICK HERE to buy yours today!
KFC recipe challenge: Tribune kitchen puts the 11 herbs and spices to the test
But more important, did it taste like the Colonel's secret blend of herbs and spices? That's when a reporter grabbed a small container of the MSG flavor-enhancer Accent (how did that get in the test kitchen?) Our chicken was virtually indistinguishable from the batch bought at KFC. (Does KFC add MSG? A KFC spokesperson confirms that it does use it in the Original Recipe chicken.)sun-sentinel.com
KFC finds no evidence girl with scars was asked to leave
KFC finds no evidence girl with scars was asked to leave KFC said the story about an injured young girl being asked to leave one of its restaurants is a hoax. The announcement comes after the girl, Victoria Wilcher, raised over $100,000 in donations to help pay for medical bills after she was mauled by dogs. Michelle Miller reports.cbsnews.com