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BUSINESS
June 13, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Here's the beef: It's in KFC chicken. The marinade on the chain's new grilled chicken contains beef powder and rendered beef fat. And competitor El Pollo Loco wants you to know every finger-licking detail. The plucky Costa Mesa restaurant company is making those beef byproducts the centerpiece of a new advertising campaign tweaking KFC. "The use of beef ingredients in grilled chicken just seems wrong to me, and we believe most consumers would agree," said Steve Carley, chief executive of El Pollo Loco.
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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.
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
September 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Pssst. The secret's out at KFC. Well, sort of. Col. Harland Sanders' handwritten recipe of 11 herbs and spices was removed Tuesday from safekeeping at Kentucky Fried Chicken's corporate offices for the first time in decades. The temporary relocation is allowing KFC to revamp security around a yellowing sheet of paper that contains one of the country's most famous corporate secrets. The brand's top executive admitted that his nerves were aflutter despite the tight security he lined up for the operation.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2008 | Cynthia Dea
These days, one doesn't have to look much farther than Koreatown to spot the next trendy eating obsession. The neighborhood has already revived a dubiously guilt-free dessert (with frozen yogurt establishments like L.A.'s own Pinkberry and Red Mango) and persuaded customers it's perfectly reasonable to pay to barbecue meat themselves (at Soot Bull Jeep or any of the infinite Korean barbecue spots in the neighborhood).
BUSINESS
September 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
For nearly two decades in China, the KFC logo has enticed the hungry with the promise of juicy, crispy chicken. Now, Yum Brands Inc. -- which owns KFC and Pizza Hut as well as Taco Bell in the U.S. -- has some competition for the cravings of Chinese diners. After watching Yum gobble up much of China's emerging middle class, McDonald's Corp., which has 800 restaurants in operation in China, is ramping up development in the country.
WORLD
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."
BUSINESS
April 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
KFC's fried chicken buckets soon will be stamped with a health message along with the likeness of its founder, Col. Harland Sanders. The banner proclaims that its chicken has zero grams of trans fat per serving. The chain will announce today that all 5,500 of its U.S. restaurants have stopped frying chicken in artery-clogging trans fat. The company had said in October that it was switching to a new soybean oil believed to be less likely to cause heart disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2007 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
To resolve a suit by the state attorney general, the maker of Kentucky Fried Chicken agreed Tuesday to tell its California customers that its fried or baked potatoes contain a suspected carcinogen. The attorney general's office had sued about a dozen major snack and fast-food companies, seeking compliance with Proposition 65, which was passed by voters in 1986 and requires businesses to provide "clear and reasonable" warnings before exposing people to potentially dangerous substances.
WORLD
November 15, 2006 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Decades after the end of the Vietnam War, an American colonel from Kentucky has made a triumphant arrival in this communist capital. But rather than battling for any hearts and minds, this newest in-country campaign is being waged over Vietnam's stomach. KFC Corp. -- and its white-bearded icon, Col. Sanders -- recently became the first U.S.-based fast-food chain to open a restaurant in Hanoi.
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