KFC returns to its old supplier Bidvest for chicken supplies after shortage

UK – KFC is returning to its old supplier, Bidvest Logistics, the leading supplier of logistics and supply chain, to resolve the embarrassing chicken shortage that forced the closure of hundreds of outlets last month. BBC news reported that Bidvest has signed a new agreement with KFC UK & Ireland to supply up to 350 of its 900 restaurants, to which Bidvest has pledged “a seamless return.” All of KFC’s chicken was delivered by Bidvest until February 13, when the supply contract was switched to DHL, which uses software developed…

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Bidvest half profit rises 12%, appoints new CFO

SOUTH AFRICA – Trading, distribution and services group Bidvest said its headline earnings per share rose 12.5% to 574 cents per share in the half year to December 2017, while trading profit grew 12% to R3.1 billion. The company also said it had approved the appointment of Mark Steyn as CFO and executive director from March 1, replacing Peter Meijer who is retiring. “This again demonstrates the benefits of Bidvest’s robust and diverse operating units, which collectively serve many key sectors of the South African economy,” it said. “All the…

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Chicken chaos as KFC closes more than half of UK outlets

UK – KFC has closed more than half of its 900 UK outlets after delivery problems meant they ran out of chicken. Last week, the fried chicken chain switched its delivery contract to DHL, which blamed “operational issues” for the supply disruption. It was unclear when the delivery problems would be rectified, a KFC spokesperson said. Workers are being encouraged to take holiday but would not be forced to do so, he added. “Our teams are working flat out all hours to get the rest back up and running as…

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