Pizza Hut, KFC restaurants expand presence in Tanzania

TANZANIA – Dough Works limited, the franchise owner of Pizza Hut restaurants in Tanzania has opened its eighth outlet in the country at Mikocheni Plaza in Dar es Salaam. This comes barely a month after the franchisor opened two new Pizza Hut restaurants in the country last year, December. To expand its portfolio, Dough Works acquired the KFC franchise in October 2019 from Kuku Foods Tanzania, comprising of four restaurants in the country. In three months only, the KFC franchise saw a rapid expansion of two new outlets making a…

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KFC partners with online delivery platform Munch Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), global fast food restaurant has partnered with food delivery service tech and logistic company, Munch Zimbabwe to deliver orders in and around Harare. The partnership will start with KFC Belgravia branch before expanding towards the other three outlets. According to the deal, Munch will be taking the orders and delivering at a fixed delivery fee of ZWL$36. Munch is a Zimbabwe delivery start up founded in 2017 offering online ordering and delivery of food and drinks via an application. Munch app is geared to…

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Competition Authority of Kenya approves VIVO, KFC East Africa joint venture

KENYA – The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has approved the 50:50 joint venture deal between KFC’s East African franchise owner and the regional fuel and motor oil marketer Vivo Energy which will see KFC open fast food outlets in Vivo properties in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. “It is notified for general information that in exercise of the powers conferred upon the Competition Authority by section 46 (6) (a) (ii) of the Competition Act, the Competition Authority has authorised the proposed transaction as set out herein,” CAK director general Wang’ombe…

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KFC teams up with Beyond Meat in piloting plant-based chicken

USA – KFC has partnered with meat alternatives company Beyond Meat to trial a new plant-based chicken, Beyond Fried Chicken, available as both nuggets and boneless wings. The Beyond Fried Chicken was launched at a single KFC restaurant in Atlanta, at a time when most fast food chains are trying to come to grips with rising consumer demand for vegetarian alternatives to traditional menu items. Customer feedback from the test will be considered as KFC evaluates potential rollout across the US. The product is marketed as “a perfect choice for…

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Kenyan lobbies oppose draft rules on food and horticulture crops

KENYA – Lobbies in Kenya’s agriculture sector have opposed draft crops regulations published by the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA). In May this year, AFA published two draft regulations, the Crops (Food Crops) Regulations 2019 and the Crops (Horticulture Crops) Regulations 2019, that are awaiting submission to Parliament. The proposed law governs food production, processing, marketing, importation and export. However, the rules have come under criticism by several organisation in the country which say that they would have multiple negative effects on players in the food industry. Among the players…

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KFC South Africa commits to eliminate plastic straws from 900 restaurants

SOUTH AFRICA – KFC South Africa, a subsidiary of the fast food giant, has announced that it will eliminate all plastic straws in over 900 restaurants across South Africa by July 1. The move forms part of a new global sustainability commitment from the business that all plastic-based packaging items will be recoverable or reusable by 2025, helping to eliminate 60 million plastic straws a year. The commitment supports KFC’s long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants – by developing a roadmap for using sustainable…

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KFC franchisee in joint venture with Vivo Energy to accelerate growth in East Africa

EAST AFRICA – Kuku Foods East Africa Holdings, the owner of KFC franchises in East Africa has agreed to form a joint venture with Vivo Energy to accelerate the growth of the first food chain in the region. Under the joint venture Vivo Energy will take a 50 percent stake in Kuku Foods to help the growth of KFC through the opening of new outlets at Vivo’s properties in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Vivo said the 50:50 venture would manage and operate the restaurants in the three markets on behalf…

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KFC India sells 13 restaurant stores to franchise partner Devyani

INDIA – KFC India, fast food restaurant chain owned by American Yum! Brands, is re-strategizing and has sold an additional 13 restaurants to Devyani International, its largest franchise partner, which is promoted by Ravi Jaipuria’s RJ Corp, reports ET Retail. Devyani has acquired KFC restaurants in Kerala and Goa, as part of KFC’s strategy to unlock growth for the brand. KFC is said to be seeking to reduce ownership of restaurants and become a brand custodian as it looks to push growth in the Indian market with a billion-plus potential…

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Zimbabwe’s fast food and retail operators re-open as the economy improves

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s fast food chains and retail operators have reopened their stores after closing down on difficult trading and economic conditions that rocked the country in the recent past. Among them KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and OK Zimbabwe had blamed their closure on rising operational costs, shortages of fuel and raw materials among other factors, reports IOL report. Other retailers had resolved to opening shorter times and reducing on working shifts in a bid to contain costs as well as manage panic buying consumers into their retail stores. KFC…

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Yum Brands income jumps 8.6% powered by more Taco Bell and KFC diners

USA – American fast food company Yum! Brands has posted strong quarterly performance with 8.6% rise in net income to US$454 million from $418 million in the comparable period last year. The company results indicated that strong sales at KFC and Taco Bell offset continued weakness at Pizza Hut which is losing to competitors in its key market, the United States. Taco Bell and KFC reported same-store sales increases but Pizza Hut had a 1% same-store sales decline in the three months ended September 30. During the review period, the…

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