Yum! Brands appoints Sabir Sami as global division CEO of KFC

US – Yum! Brands Inc has KFC Asia managing director, Mr. Sabir Sami as global division chief executive officer of KFC effective January 1, 2022.   KFC division is Yum’s largest business. It added nearly US$4 billion in system sales from digital channels last year to grow the KFC digital business to about US$10 billion in system sales in 2020  Sami will succeed Tony Lowings who is stepping down as chief executive at the end of this year. He will report to Yum! chief executive officer David Gibbs.  Yum! Brands said that Sami will, in his new role,…

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KFC Russia opens its milestone1000th store as plans to roll out lab-grown meat in stores takes shape

RUSSIA – KFC Russia has recently opened its milestone 1000th restaurant in the city of Vladivostok, also known as “the capital of the Far East.”   Located on the east coast, Vladivostok is a major Russian Pacific port city overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea  According to the fast-food chain’s LinkedIn post, the restaurant is a spacious two-story in-liner with a drive-thru making it the first among QSR chains in the city.  The new restaurant will be the 19th in the Primorsky Territory and represents the…

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South African e-tailer Takealot appoints Mamongae Mahlare as new Group CEO, KFC launches whatsapp ordering system

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s e-Commerce retailer Takealot Group has appointed Mamongae Mahlare as its new Group Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 October 2021. Mahlare joins the Takealot Group from Illovo Sugar South Africa where she was Managing director. As a seasoned business leader, Mahlare brings with her a strong balance between operational experience, strategy, innovation, engineering, and brand, having previously worked at organisations such as SABMiller, Unilever and Coca-Cola. “The opportunity to lead a technology-centric, innovative, South African champion that has created thousands of jobs and enabled so many…

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Global fast-food chains in African barely show progress in committing to animal welfare standards

AFRICA – Global Fast foods restaurants with operations in Africa have been put on the radar for not adhering to the same animal welfare standards put in place in markets abroad. Under the recently released ‘The Pecking Order 2021’, the food service operators have been ranked and awarded points across three main elements: corporate commitments, objectives and targets, and performance reporting. Based on their score, companies can sit in one of the six grades given ranging from ‘Very poor’ to ‘Leading’. The criteria underpinning ‘The pecking order’ methodology is based…

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KFC South Africa expands its eCommerce reach by leveraging on Vodacom’s Super App

SOUTH AFRICA – Fast food chain operator, KFC South Africa, has become a Mini Program partner on the Vodacom Super App, to enable it access new customers, trade and promote its business at a personalised level at no cost on what is, arguably, South Africa’s most high-tech and infinitely scalable digital mall. KFC is one of approximately 70 businesses that have already signed up or committed to build their own Mini Program in the Vodacom Super App. These include retailers, fast moving consumer goods companies, food outlets, transport operators and…

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KFC opens new outlet in Ghana featuring safe, convenient services

GHANA – Masco Foods, franchise owners of the KFC brand in Ghana has cut ribbon to its 20th store in Accra. The new store features KFC’s brand-new design, offering not only dine-in services but also takeaway, drive-thru and delivery options, in a bid to offer safe, convenient and seamless service to customers as the world continues to battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. The management of Masco Foods while opening the new outlet, took the opportunity to express their gratitude to the company’s staff for their relentless effort in ensuring that…

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Starbucks opens 40 new coffee stores in India as KFC doubles down on women employment

INDIA –  Tata Starbucks, a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Consumer Products Ltd and Starbucks Corporation, has continued its bullish expansion in India, venturing into 7 new cities and opening 40 new stores in its wake. This fiscal year has been eventful for Tata Starbucks in terms of expansion plans and reaching customers in newer cities and locations. In FY21, Starbucks opened stores in new cities such as Lucknow, Amritsar, Kochi, Ludhiana, Bhopal, Indore, and now Kanpur. Kanpur becomes the 18th city in India and second city in Uttar Pradesh…

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KFC East Africa launches new outlet under new boss

KENYA – KFC has opened its 37th Outlet in the East African region and the first one at the coastal county of Kenya, Mombasa. The fast-food chain operator, famously known for its fried chicken made the announcement on a LinkedIn post. This comes months after it opened its 36th outlet in one of Nairobi’s business-oriented neighbourhoods, Eastleigh. KFC East Africa started operations in Kenya in 2011. In East Africa, it has shops in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The restaurant operator recently appointed Jacques Theunissen as the new CEO taking over…

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KFC starts rolling out new, premium chicken sandwich across all 4,000 restaurants in US

US – After a successful test run in Orlando last year, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is kicking off 2021 by rolling out a new, premium chicken sandwich across all 4,000 KFC U.S. restaurants. KFC said that the new Chicken Sandwich is available in select markets starting January and will be available seven days a week in all KFC restaurants in the U.S. by the end of February. The new chicken sandwich comes in a quarter-pound, all-white meat, double-breaded, Extra Crispy™ chicken breast filet, all wrapped in a “freshly-toasted buttery brioche…

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Chinese KFC and Pizza Hut targets to reduce 8,000 tons of non-biodegradable plastics annually in new sustainability drive

CHINA – Yum China – the operator of fast food chains including KFC in mainland China – has launched a raft of plastic reduction and sustainable packaging initiatives across its brands. As a result of these actions, Yum China says that it expects to see a reduction of approximately 8,000 tons in non-degradable plastics annually starting this year. According to Yum China, the initiatives are in line with the latest regulations in China, while also aligning with its company-wide packaging strategy, which includes the goal of a 30% reduction in…

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