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April 5, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Trying to tear meat off a chicken skeleton is an annoyance for many Americans, especially younger ones. So KFC, in what it's calling a “game changer” of a move, is ditching the bones. The Kentucky-based chicken chain is rolling out its Original Recipe Boneless options on April 14 as it attempts to draw back patrons seeking more portable, convenient foods. In the U.S., 80% of fried chicken is served off the bone in the form of strips, bites and filets, according to the company.
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April 8, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
KFC parent Yum Brands Inc. is readying to launch an assault on chicken chain Chick-fil-A. Quietly, Yum is opening a single-concept store in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday that will sell a curated collection of chicken sandwiches, tenders, fries, drinks and frozen custard. The restaurant, called Super Chix, claims to offer “the last true chicken sandwich.” A trademark application filed Jan. 9 lists Leanne Stendell - Yum's global managing director of trademarks - as the attorney of record.
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WORLD
February 7, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
Officials have called the protesters seeking President Hosni Mubarak's resignation many things: thugs, foreigners, paid troublemakers. But what made Rehab Salah curious were reports on state television that the demonstrators were sitting in Tahrir Square eating Kentucky Fried Chicken. On Sunday, the bank employee made a 45-minute trek on the city's metro to see for herself. She saw old women and young boys on the square selling cheese and date pastries, men gathered around a blanket sharing pita bread and older men sipping hot tea. But no "Kentucky meals," as they're widely known in Egypt.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ahead of planned picketing by fast-food workers seeking $15-an-hour minimum wage, experts are pondering whether McDonald's, KFC and their quick-service ilk are strong enough to support such a drastic change. Data from research group Sageworks suggests that fast-food eateries are in a strong financial position, enjoying a relatively high 4.6% profit margin. Between August 2012 and 2013, the segment grew sales at its highest rate since the recession, enjoying a 12.9% boost, according to the group.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
KFC's new Li'l Bucket Kids Meals are launching at the chicken chain nationwide on the same day that consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest said nearly all kids meals “flunk nutrition.” KFC's new packaging involves a smaller, colorful bucket covered with interactive games. Kids can choose from among several varieties of chicken, sides and drinks. Each container comes with a pouch of GoGo squeeZ applesauce, which looks a little bit like those plastic “flask on the fly” Pocket Shot booze bags that sparked controversy a few years back.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2008 | times wire services
KFC plans to introduce a grilled chicken option nationwide next year to help lift lagging U.S. sales. David C. Novak, chief executive of KFC parent Yum Brands Inc., said KFC was pinning much of its hopes for a U.S. turnaround on Kentucky Grilled Chicken. KFC introduced grilled products in the past but couldn't sustain an initial sales upturn because of operational or marketing factors, Novak said. KFC hopes the grilled chicken will appeal to health-conscious consumers, Novak said.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
When it comes to customer service, the fast-food industry is bookended by two chicken chains, according to a recent survey topped by Chick-fil-A. KFC was at the bottom of a list compiled by consulting firm Temkin Group, which asked diners how they felt about 18 major quick-service chains. The industry as a whole saw its average rating increase to 76.3% this year from 74% last year. Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta company that ran into controversy this summer over the gay marriage debate, landed an 82% score that helped it place first for the second straight year.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
KFC says its popcorn chicken had a bit more heat than intended. The fried chicken giant is suing one of its suppliers, saying the cups used to hold popcorn chicken caught on fire while being reheated in the microwave oven. Louisville, Ky.-based KFC said in a federal lawsuit that Paris Packaging Inc. of Paris, Texas, changed the content of the ink used on the containers, using a new formula that includes carbon, which may catch fire if heated.
FOOD
May 27, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
In the late afternoon of April 12, 32-year-old Nguyen Tran of North Hollywood stepped into the KFC at the corner of Witmer and West 6 t h streets near downtown Los Angeles. After a few minutes of scrutinizing the menu board, and glancing at the store's signage, he leaned across the counter and asked the man behind the counter, in an almost conspiratorial voice: "Do you guys have that … you know … the Double Down?" When the cashier tentatively bobbed his head in affirmation, Tran pumped his fist in the air, uttered an excited "Sweet!"
BUSINESS
November 2, 1997
Regarding "Judge Says Lewd Talk May Have Place at Work" [Sept. 26]: Thanks to Judge Schaefer, I now know where to eat next time I have a craving for chicken fried up in a locker room. Until then, I plan to make it a point to avoid KFC outlets--and to tell KFC management why. How do you say, "Just don't get it?" in Kentuckian? SHAFFER DIBELKA Spring Valley
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Trying to tear meat off a chicken skeleton is an annoyance for many Americans, especially younger ones. So KFC, in what it's calling a “game changer” of a move, is ditching the bones. The Kentucky-based chicken chain is rolling out its Original Recipe Boneless options on April 14 as it attempts to draw back patrons seeking more portable, convenient foods. In the U.S., 80% of fried chicken is served off the bone in the form of strips, bites and filets, according to the company.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
KFC's new Li'l Bucket Kids Meals are launching at the chicken chain nationwide on the same day that consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest said nearly all kids meals “flunk nutrition.” KFC's new packaging involves a smaller, colorful bucket covered with interactive games. Kids can choose from among several varieties of chicken, sides and drinks. Each container comes with a pouch of GoGo squeeZ applesauce, which looks a little bit like those plastic “flask on the fly” Pocket Shot booze bags that sparked controversy a few years back.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
When it comes to customer service, the fast-food industry is bookended by two chicken chains, according to a recent survey topped by Chick-fil-A. KFC was at the bottom of a list compiled by consulting firm Temkin Group, which asked diners how they felt about 18 major quick-service chains. The industry as a whole saw its average rating increase to 76.3% this year from 74% last year. Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta company that ran into controversy this summer over the gay marriage debate, landed an 82% score that helped it place first for the second straight year.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Yum Brands Inc. said is dropping some suppliers of its KFC restaurants in China as it tries to reassure consumers in that country who were scared off by a chicken safety scare last month. The company on Monday unveiled a new set of quality control guidelines meant to rebuild trust in its brand after KFC's January sales in China plummeted amid reports of excessive levels of antibiotics in the chain's chicken. Yum last year derived 42% of its profit from China. Now, the chain says it will boost oversight over its supply chain and impose stricter requirements on its poultry producers.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
An uproar in China over the safety of chicken sold at KFC “has been longer lasting and more impactful than we ever imagined,” according to the chief executive of parent company Yum Brands. But even after a “sharp sales decline” brought on by reports last month of poultry pumped up with excessive antibiotics, Yum's David C. Novak said the company will forge ahead in Asia. China was responsible for 42% of Yum's profit last year, Novak said in a conference call Tuesday with analysts.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2013 | By David Pierson
BEIJING -- Fast-food giant KFC's parent company, Yum Brands Inc., has apologized to Chinese consumers in connection with a tainted-chicken scare that has hurt sales in the company's leading market. Yum blamed a breakdown in its supply chain and said it didn't notify regulators fast enough about high levels of antiviral drugs and hormones used to speed-up growth in some of its poultry. "We regret our failures, and on behalf of Yum China, I apologize sincerely to everyone," Sam Su, Yum China's chief executive said in a statement posted on the company's official micro-blog Thursday.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ahead of planned picketing by fast-food workers seeking $15-an-hour minimum wage, experts are pondering whether McDonald's, KFC and their quick-service ilk are strong enough to support such a drastic change. Data from research group Sageworks suggests that fast-food eateries are in a strong financial position, enjoying a relatively high 4.6% profit margin. Between August 2012 and 2013, the segment grew sales at its highest rate since the recession, enjoying a 12.9% boost, according to the group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2001
I don't know why the Col. Sanders people are worried about anyone knowing their secret recipe ("Couple Say They've Found KFC Recipe," Jan. 29). Everyone knows how to make a hamburger, but people still go to McDonald's. KURT SIPOLSKI Palm Desert
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
KFC is taking airplane food to a whole new level, pairing with Japan Airlines to serve its fast-food chicken on holiday flights between Tokyo and eight U.S. and European destinations. The chain's Japanese operation will provide a meal of a drumstick, chicken breast, flat bread, coleslaw and "special mayonnaise" to passengers on select trips out of Narita Airport from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28. The so-called Air Kentucky trays will be served during the second mealtime in the premium-economy and economy-class sections of planes bound for Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Paris and Frankfurt.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2012 | By Patti Waldmeir
"What makes Chinese people tick?" What a great opening sentence for a book. Because what makes Chinese people tick is also what makes Chinese people buy. And these days, virtually everyone involved in selling anything, anywhere, wants to know how to sell it to the Chinese. The line comes from "What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China'sModern Consumer," a new book published by Palgrave Macmillan and written by Tom Doctoroff, chief executive of advertising agency JWT in Shanghai and the doyen of foreign marketers in China.
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