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September 4, 2002 | Reuters
KFC, the fried chicken giant that introduced U.S.-style fast food to China, imported another American dining tradition with the opening of the country's first drive-through in Beijing. Encouraged by China's rising middle-class and the swelling ranks of car-owners, KFC planned to open drive-throughs in three other Chinese cities, company executives said.
January 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans protests against KFC after failing to negotiate changes in the way it raises and slaughters chickens. The rights group, which has waged successful campaigns against other fast-food chains, wants KFC, owned by Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc., to abandon such practices as stunning and slitting the throats of chickens and instead use gas to kill them more humanely.
September 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Bomb blasts minutes apart damaged a KFC and a crowded McDonald's in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, with the first injuring at least three people, police and witnesses said. Tariq Jamil, the city police chief, said both devices were homemade and of low intensity. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
January 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The handwritten note that Tommy and Cherry Settle discovered in their basement a year ago could be the answer to one of the country's best-kept culinary secrets: Col. Harland Sanders' recipe for fried chicken. Last week, KFC filed a sealed lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court asking that the piece of paper found by the Settles be given to the company. Judge William Stewart said he plans to sign an order today unsealing the lawsuit.
July 25, 2003 | Associated Press
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has enlisted the help of Paul McCartney in its campaign against Kentucky Fried Chicken. An open letter from McCartney to David Novak, chairman of KFC's Louisville-based parent company, Yum! Brands Inc., appeared in Thursday's edition of the Courier-Journal. McCartney, a vegetarian, says in the ad that Novak should improve the treatment of 750 million chickens raised annually in "factory farms" and killed in "frightening ways" for KFC.
November 20, 2003 | From Reuters
Federal regulators are looking at the validity of health claims made in advertisements for KFC's fried chicken, ads that the restaurant chain says are set to stop airing Friday. A spokesman for the Federal Trade Commission confirmed Wednesday that the agency was reviewing a complaint by health advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest that calls the KFC ads deceptive and misleading.
April 21, 2005 | From Reuters
KFC is putting the "fried" back in Kentucky Fried Chicken. After 14 years of trying to downplay the image of its food as greasy and unhealthful by calling itself KFC, the chain on Wednesday opened a new restaurant in its hometown of Louisville, Ky., under its former name and plans 50 more this year. The move, the chain's most aggressive yet in its two years of trying to revitalize U.S.
November 24, 2004 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
Worldwide Restaurant Concepts Inc. reported on Tuesday that profit tripled in the fiscal second quarter as it regained its footing after an E. coli outbreak last year at its Pat & Oscar's chain. The Sherman Oaks-based company earned $900,000, or 3 cents a share, in the period ended Oct. 17, up from $300,000, or break-even, a year earlier. Revenue rose 4% to $79.4 million.
July 9, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
When Spc. Matthew Curll left basic training for Iraq nearly a year ago, he traded a bland diet of MREs for burgers, pie and Fudgsicles. "You go from a lot of MREs and crappy stuff at the mess hall to prime rib on Sundays," said Curll, 21, of Lancaster, Mass., over a dinner of baked chicken followed by ice cream in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. "I wasn't expecting it at all," added Spc. Joe Reen, 23, of Norwood, Mass., finishing a turkey wrap and green salad. "You wanted to try everything."
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.
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