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July 15, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Yum Brands Inc., the operator of the KFC and Taco Bell fast-food restaurants, said KFC sales of dishes with roasted chicken weren't winning over as many health-conscious consumers as it expected. KFC introduced non-fried items in May to try to stem declining U.S. sales. Shares of Yum rose 94 cents to $37.95 on the NYSE.
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.
September 16, 2003 | From Associated Press
The U.S. president of Yum Brands Inc.'s struggling KFC unit has resigned her post at the huge chicken restaurant chain, which is mired in a months-long slide in sales. Cheryl Bachelder, who has been president of KFC's domestic operations since early 2001, stepped down after more than two years in the post to pursue unspecified other interests, Yum said.
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.
July 8, 2003 | From Reuters
An animal rights group filed a lawsuit against fast-food chain KFC, accusing the company of making misleading statements on its Web site regarding how the chickens it sells are treated. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against KFC and its parent, Yum Brands Inc., seeking an injunction to stop what it said were deceptive statements on KFC's Web site. A KFC spokesperson said the company stood by its information as truthful and accurate.
May 9, 2003 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
Under pressure from animal-welfare activists, the president of KFC has pledged to improve the lives and deaths of the 350 million chickens it serves in the United States each year. In return, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will stop sending protesters in chicken suits to KFC's corporate headquarters in Louisville and will pull back advertisements that had accused the fast-food chain of "Kentucky Fried Cruelty."
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.
November 16, 2002 | Karen Robinson-Jacobs, Times Staff Writer
Increased sales Down Under helped the parent of the Sizzler steak restaurant chain post a fourfold increase in earnings for its second quarter ended Oct. 13, the parent firm said Friday. Sherman Oaks-based Worldwide Restaurant Concepts Inc. said net income for the quarter was $1.4 million, or 5 cents per share, compared with last year's $355,000, or 1 cent per share. Revenue was $64.4 million, a gain of 7.5% over the $59.9 million posted in the same period last year.
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.
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