KFC Canada to eliminate 40 million pieces of plastic cutlery annually with new compostable cutlery

CANADA – American fast-food restaurant chain, KFC had announced that select restaurants in Canada will begin testing a new fibre-based ‘spork’ in December in an effort to test a sustainability plan that will see the elimination of millions of plastics from its production chain. The fast-food chain says that beyond the testing period, it plans to permanently introduce the compostable cutlery across the entire Canadian chain eliminating up to 40 million pieces of plastic waste from its operations. According to KFC, the new ‘spork’ combines fork and spoon into one…

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KFC installs pilot contactless pick up lockers as it plans to roll it out in whole of Japan

JAPAN – Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is rolling out contactless pick-up lockers in four restaurants in Japan: Minamiurawa store, Mizonokuchi store, Shinjuku west exit store, and Nakano store. Customers at four KFC outlets in Japan can now order and pay for their meals online, set a time for collection, staff cook the order and put it into one of the lockers, then the customer pick up their order from a contactless locker installed on the store’s counter. Customers then enter their order code on a small pin pad to open…

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South Africa’s leading KFC franchisee Roos Foods gets nod to acquire additional KFC outlets

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s Competition Commission has conditionally approved Roos Foods, leading KFC franchisee in South Africa to acquire 10 KFC franchised restaurants owned by Van Eeden Kitskos. Roos Foods operates 71 KFC franchises, with its outlets located in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West and Limpopo provinces. The KFC outlets primarily sell fried chicken pieces, chicken burgers, wraps, salads, sides, desserts, and beverages. The Kitskos KFCs are also primarily involved in the operation and management of 10 KFC franchised restaurants under a franchise agreement with the KFC franchisor in South…

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KFC set to develop world first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets

RUSSIA – KFC, a fast food chain company, has partnered with 3D Bioprinting Solutions in Russia to develop the world’s first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets. Inspired by the growing demand for animal alternatives, KFC wants to craft the “meat of the future.” The project, according to a press release, aims to forge something “as close as possible in both taste and appearance” to the restaurant’s original product, while remaining environmentally friendly. “Our experiment in testing 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken products can also help address several looming global problems,” Raisa Polyakova,…

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Beyond Meat partners with Yum China to popularize meat alternatives

CHINA – Beyond Meat has partnered with Yum China Holdings, the operator of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in mainland China to introduce its plant-based burger in the country. The partnership will debut Beyond Burger at select KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations in mainland China starting June 3 this year, in a collaboration that marks the launch of Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger in mainland China. KFC will offer the Beyond Burger as a 3-day limited time offer at five locations in Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Shanghai…

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KFC to test plant-based chicken nuggets at select stores in China

CHINA – The Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) China, operated by Yum China Holdings, is piloting its plant-based chicken nuggets in China, becoming one of the first national Western QSR brands to introduce plant-based meat products to the market. For a limited test period, between April 28-30, KFC revealed that it will debut its plant-based chicken nuggets at three participating stores in three Tier 1 cities across China; Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. During the test period, the fast food chain operator said that customers will sample the new KFC plant-based chicken…

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Yum China acquires controlling stake in Chinese casual dining franchise business

CHINA – Yum China Holdings, the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell operator in mainland China has acquired a controlling interest in the Huang Ji Huang group, one of the leading Chinese-style casual dining franchise business.  Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Beijing, Huang Ji Huang has over 640 restaurants in China and internationally. The group operates primarily under a franchise model and its brand portfolio consists of “Huang Ji Huang,” an industry-leading simmer pot brand, as well as “San Fen Bao,” a newly launched Chinese fast food concept in…

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KFC South Africa seeking leniency from payment of rent during lockdown

SOUTH AFRICA – KFC-owner Yum! Brands has told landlords in South Africa that the US firm will not be paying rent while outlets are closed during the three-week government-enforced lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The decision relates to 48 company-owned outlets in the continent’s most industrialised country, a spokesperson for KFC SA said in e-mailed comments. The remaining 1,145 KFC fried-chicken restaurants across Africa are operated by franchisees who are making their own arrangements, she indicated. One owner of more than 40 KFC shops across four Sub-Saharan Africa countries,…

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Yum! Brands completes US$375m acquisition of The Habit Restaurants

USA – Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands, has completed the acquisition of The Habit Restaurants, following the approval by The Habit Burger Grill stockholders. Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of units, acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of The Habit Burger Grill for US$14 per share in cash or a total of approximately US$375 million. Founded in California in 1969, The Habit Burger Grill offers a flavor-forward variety of made-to-order items including charburgers, hand-filleted and…

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Yum! Brands moves corporate offices to green energy, reduces plastic waste

USA – Yum! Brands, the owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell fast food chains has unveiled plans to move its corporate offices to renewable energy and sustainable packaging, and to intensify action on plastic waste. The fast food chain operator said that it will shift its corporate US offices in Louisville, Plano, Irvine and Chicago to 100% renewable energy and move all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2020. In addition, the company continues to advance its work on sustainable packaging with…

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