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- KFC is getting into the holiday spirit with its new merchandise.
- The fast food chain is selling fried chicken Christmas ornaments that look like the real thing.
- The five-piece set includes drumsticks, fries, wings, a bucket of fried chicken, and Colonel Sanders himself.
- The catch is that they're only available in New Zealand.
- Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's main diet on the campaign trail included a lot of McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza, and Diet Coke, according to a new tell-all book written by former aides.
- The aides described detailed efforts to time the delivery of hot fast food with Trump's departure from his campaign rallies.
- 12/04/17--06:40: Everything we know about Trump's unhealthy diet
- 12/25/17--08:04: How KFC made Christmas all about fried chicken — in Japan
- KFC has become a Christmas tradition in Japan.
- This is largely thanks to Takeshi Okawara, who managed the first KFC restaurant in Japan.
- These days, Japanese people could end up waiting in long lines if they don't pre-order their Christmas meals from KFC.
- 01/03/18--05:59: KFC slams McDonald's in tweet inspired by Trump's 'nuclear button'
- KFC UK & Ireland posted a tweet slamming Ronald McDonald, using language echoing a tweet from President Donald Trump.
- "Will someone from his big shoed, red nosed regime inform him that I too have a burger on my desk, but mine is a box meal which is bigger and more powerful than his," the tweet reads.
- White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday that the president is "very healthy," despite his unhealthy habits, because he has "incredible genes."
- Jackson joked that if President Donald Trump had maintained a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he could have lived for 200 years.
- Trump is known to consume copious amounts of fast food, candy, and soda, and doesn't maintain a regular exercise regimen.
- 01/22/18--08:55: KFC is introducing gravy cocktails, and we have a lot of questions
- "Stocktails" are a beverage trend which involves bartenders adding chicken, beef, pork, and turkey stocks to their drinks.
- KFC has decided to put their own spin on the trend by introducing gravy cocktails.
- Cocktail recipes include the Gravy Mary, the Southern twist, and the Fingerlickin' Sour.
- 01/25/18--17:00: KFC just revealed its first female Colonel Sanders (YUM)
- KFC just appointed its first female Colonel Sanders: country music icon Reba McEntire.
- McEntire will be the face of the chain's newest chicken, Smoky Mountain BBQ.
- KFC's CMO said that McEntire perfectly "embodies the values of Kentucky Fried Chicken."
- Entrepreneur Kaila Methven calls herself a KFC heiress.
- Methven's family owned Rainbow Chicken Unlimited, a South African company that at one time supplied 90% of KFC's chicken.
- Methven now runs two high-end lingerie brands: Madame Methven and LDKM.
- KFC and Taco Bell are rolling out delivery across the US.
- Yum Brands, the chains' parent company, announced a delivery partnership with Grubhub and a $200 million deal with the company on Thursday.
- Fast-food customers are increasingly demanding delivery, with McDonald's aggressively pursuing the $100 billion market through a partnership with UberEats.
- On Thursday, KFC and Taco Bell announced plans to roll out delivery at thousands of restaurants through a partnership with Grubhub.
- McDonald's rolled out delivery with UberEATS at 5,000 locations in the US in 2017, and says that the service is driving sales.
- McDonald's still has the upper hand — but with the Grubhub deal, KFC and Taco Bell have a major opportunity to enter the fast-food deliver war.
- 02/20/18--02:04: 750 KFCs in Britain closed because they ran out of chicken
- About 80% of Britain's KFC locations are closed because of a lack of chicken.
- New distributors working for KFC have been unable to get sufficient chicken to 750 restaurants across the UK.
- KFC has promised that "the Colonel is working on it"— but there is no indication of when the stores will reopen.
- Hundreds of KFC stores in the UK remain shut days after the company experienced a nationwide chicken shortage.
- New distributors working for KFC have been unable to get enough chicken to 750 of the 900 KFCs in Britain.
- Outraged customers have been calling police and members of parliament to complain.
- In response, officers suggested that closed chicken shops are not their problem.
- Chipotle and Yum Brands are undervalued, according to a Bernstein analyst.
- Using a not-so-common valuation metric that measures the enterprise value of a company against its projected growth, Bernstein found that Chipotle and Yum Brands were attractive bargains.
- Watch Chipotle's and Yum Brands' stock prices move in real time.
- KFC outlets in the UK are currently suffering from a chicken shortage.
- Issues with distributors mean that many restaurants are still operating on a limited menu.
- Now, KFC's woes appear to have deepened as customers are reporting a lack of the restaurant's famous gravy.
- The FDA suggests eating roughly 2,000 calories a day to sustain energy.
- Americans tend to consume much more than that on average, and many think processed foods, sugars, and fats that are often present in fast-food is to blame.
- We grabbed some pretty ordinary meals from major fast-food chains that add up to at least 2,000 calories — and it's pretty surprising how little it takes to reach it.
- 03/08/18--10:30: KFC is replacing its Colonel Sanders logo in an unprecedented move
- KFC Malaysia is celebrating International Women's Day by swapping Colonel Sander's face with that of his wife.
- Claudia Sanders is Colonel Harland Sanders' second wife, who previously worked as a waitress at his restaurant and helped him turn KFC into an international empire.
- 03/10/18--11:49: Inside the KFC location that has an all-you-can-eat buffet
- One KFC in Southern California has an all-you-can-eat option.
- You can eat as much mashed potatoes, corn, and drumsticks as you can manage, for just $8.99.
The humble chicken tender — or chicken fingers, in some circles — is making a comeback.
Chicken tenders are the most glorious incarnation of handheld fried chicken — heftier than nuggets, simpler than wings, ideologically purer than boneless wings. The adoration for chicken tenders is universal, bridging the spans of age and class alike — the great equalizers, so they say, are death, taxes, and tenders. With McDonald’s resurrecting them on their menu and Wendy’s introducing theirs, the time for tenders has come.
A handful of major fast-food chains offer tenders, and we decided to put them all to the test to see which con-tender (sorry) reaches the top of the tourney.
We have six chains duking it out: Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, KFC, McDonald's, Popeyes, and Wendy's.
That's a lot of chicken.
6. Dairy Queen
We all knew someone had to come last, and to be honest, most knew it was going to be Dairy Queen.
Are they terribly awful? No. But Dairy Queen's roots lie in, well, dairy, and it's what they do best. We all love a Blizzard — but DQ's food is often lacking, both in quality and direction. Their tenders have some crunch from their thick breading, but it overpowers the chicken.
It’s strangely doughy in taste, and the entire tender is meek — and it’s definitely not inheriting the earth. At best they're slightly better than expectations, but blandly mediocre nonetheless.
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KFC Japan turned a few heads with its recent release of Fried Chicken bath bombs, but down under, the fast-food chain's New Zealand branch is going for something somewhat less perplexing: a set of Christmas tree ornaments for the holiday season.
As with most KFC merch, these Christmas tree ornaments are equal parts thematic and absurd. The five-piece set features decorations in the shape of a drumstick, fries, a wing, a bucket of fried chicken and Colonel Sanders, all of which come packaged in a neat black box.
"Forget the mistletoe this year — these naughty and nice decorations are sure to make the magic happen when you grab a drumstick off the tree and hold it overhead," announced KFC Marketing Director Clark Wilson.
These fried-chicken Christmas tree ornaments will release at KFC New Zealand locations sometime in early December. Let us know if you’d cop a set in the comments below. For more fast food content, "Rick and Morty's" co-creator apologizes for the McDonald's Szechuan sauce debacle.
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President Donald Trump's fast-food diet during his 2016 election run is a major theme of an upcoming tell-all book about the presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The book, written by former top campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, declares that "the orchestrating and timing of Mr. Trump's meals was as important as any other aspect of his march to the presidency." The authors said exhaustive efforts went into ensuring hot fast food was delivered to Trump's plane just as he departed each of his rallies.
"On Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke," Lewandowski and Bossie write.
One of Trump's dinner orders, for instance, included "two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted," from McDonalds.
The authors added that the cupboards in Trump's plane were stuffed with snacks, including Vienna Fingers, potato chips, pretzels, and multiple packages of Oreos — which Trump refused to eat from if the packages were previously opened.
Trump is well-known for his appreciation of fast food, and reportedly used to have his bodyguard and confidante Keith Schiller run to McDonald's in the mornings during his campaign to grab him Egg McMuffins. He also drew some jibes last year after tweeting a photo of himself eating a large bucket of KFC chicken with a fork.
Great afternoon in Ohio & a great evening in Pennsylvania - departing now. See you tomorrow Virginia! pic.twitter.com/jQTQYBFpdb— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2016
Lewandowski and Bossie's book also contains an anecdote about Trump abandoning former aide Sam Nunberg at McDonald's because his custom burger order was taking too long.
"Leave him," Trump said, according to the book. "Let's go."
Based on what we know, Donald Trump's diet is very unhealthy. Some of his favorites include fast food, red meat, and candy. In addition to that, he told Dr. Oz that he doesn't get a lot of exercise either.
In a new book former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie reveal more about Trump's McDonald's dinner order of “two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted.” Here's everything else we know about his unhealthy diet. Following is a transcript of the video.
In fact, after he clinched the GOP nomination, he posted this picture on Instagram.
Trump loves McDonalds. He told CNN his favorite is the Filet-O-Fish. But he mistakenly called it the “Fish Delight.” He also likes Big Macs and Quarter Pounders. He even did a commercial for McDonald’s in 2002.
SOUNDBITE: “A Big and Tasty for just a dollar? It’s amazing! How do you do it?
But he's not alone in his cravings for Mickey D's. Bill Clinton was a big fan in the 1990s. Although he eventually went vegan in 2010.
But, back to Trump. He also seems to like KFC (with gravy).
And Trump doesn’t just sell steak. He also loves to eat it and he likes it well-done.
He told Dr. Oz he takes Lipitor for high cholesterol and that he doesn't exercise very often.
Stay healthy, Mr. Trump!
EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published on October 16, 2016.
If you happened to be traveling in Nairobi, Kenya during the months of November and December, as I was recently, you would have found it nearly impossible to miss the Nyama Nyama burger.
The ads were everywhere: billboards, posters, signs.
I'm generally not one to eat fast food, but the Nyama Nyama burger — translated as "meat meat" burger — gave me no choice.
Here's what it was like.
There are no McDonald's in Kenya, so KFC, Subway, and Burger King are the most popular establishments — KFC in particular.
Though I was uneasy at the prospect of a fast-food lunch, the interior was downright sparkling. Coming from a big city where fast-food places are grimy and sad, this gave the experience a more pleasant ambience.
At the counter, I finally got acquainted with the Nyama Nyama burger: two chicken filets instead of a bun, a hash brown, cheese, and something called colonel dressing, which just appeared to be mayonnaise.
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While Christmas in the US may conjure up visions of sugarplums and holiday hams, in Japan a certain fast-food staple takes center stage — and it's all thanks to a clever marketing ploy by KFC.
Over the last four decades, KFC has managed to make fried chicken synonymous with Christmas in the country.
An estimated 3.6 million Japanese families eat KFC during the Christmas season, reported the BBC. Millions of people weather long lines to order fried chicken weeks in advance to carry on the tradition.
Here's a look back at how KFC became a Christmas tradition in Japan.
KFC's Christmas promotion was the brainchild of Takeshi Okawara, who managed the first KFC restaurant in Japan. He would go on to become CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan from 1984 to 2002.
Here's the BBC article on KFC's Christmas marketing in Japan.
Just a few months after the first KFC opened in Japan in 1970, Okawara had the idea to sell a Christmas "party barrel," inspired by the elaborate American turkey dinner, but with fried chicken instead of turkey.
The promotion went national in Japan in 1974 under the name Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakkii: Kentucky for Christmas.
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KFC is getting in on the nuclear button discourse.
On Wednesday, KFC UK & Ireland tweeted: "McDonald’s leader Ronald just stated he has a 'burger on his desk at all times'."
The tweet continued: "Will someone from his big shoed, red nosed regime inform him that I too have a burger on my desk, but mine is a box meal which is bigger and more powerful than his, and mine has gravy! #nuclearbutton"
KFC's tweet — which has been retweeted more than 3,000 times within a few hours of being posted — clearly echoes language in a tweet sent by President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'" Trump tweeted. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"
On Monday, Kim had said in a televised speech that he has a "nuclear button" that was "always on my desk."
President Donald Trump has a well-documented affection for fast food, red meat, and Diet Coke— and doesn't engage in any regular form of physical exercise. But his doctor, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, told reporters on Tuesday that the president's overall health is "excellent," despite his unhealthy habits, because he has "incredible genes."
"It's called genetics. I don't know,"Jackson said. "Some people have just great genes. I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old. I don't know."
He added, "It's just the way God made him."
Trump's former campaign aides, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, wrote in their new book documenting the campaign, "Let Trump be Trump," that Trump's diet consisted exclusively of fast food.
"There were four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke," they wrote.
Jackson said that if he himself had maintained the same diet Trump has over his lifetime, he "wouldn't have the cardiac and overall health that he has."
The physician, who was appointed to his White House post by President Barack Obama and retained by Trump, said that Trump's diet has changed since he took office because he now regularly consumes meals prepared by the White House cooking staff.
"He's eating what the chefs are cooking for him now and they're cooking a much healthier diet for him now and we're going to continue working on that and make that even healthier,"the doctor said.
Jackson has recommended that Trump, whose reported body mass index puts him just below the obesity line, lose between 10 and 15 pounds.
The physician's press briefing came after Trump underwent his first physical exam as president on Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Watch the video below:
How can Trump, who loves KFC and never exercises, be in such good health? “I don’t know. He has incredible genes,” doctor says. https://t.co/RgX60N4CHG— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) January 16, 2018
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We’ve heard of some pretty wacky drink combos in our time: There’s coffee lemonade, for instance, or olive oil cocktails (which, we can say from experience, are surprisingly delicious). KFC UK and Ireland’s latest beverage concoctions, however, have us seriously scratching our heads.
Jumping on the growing “stocktail” bandwagon, a beverage trend which sees bartenders adding chicken, beef, pork, and turkey stocks to their drinks, the fast food chain decided to put its own spin on the craze by subbing in its famous gravy (yes, gravy!) goodness for stock with three new original beverage recipes.
“Our fans repeatedly express their love of gravy, which always sparks ideas within the team,” Marion Racine, the marketing manager at KFC UK & Ireland, told The Independent. “We know our gravy is good enough to drink, so with stocktails being a real hit at the moment, what better ingredient to take them to the next level?” she asked.
With a slogan of “So good you can drink it,” the eatery is sharing the recipes with fans in a series of YouTube videos that will leave you intrigued, if nothing else.
First up, the Gravy Mary, which calls for paprika, celery salt, a teaspoon of horseradish cream, hot sauce, and 20ml of Worcester sauce in a cocktail mixer before adding 50ml vodka of your choice, 15ml lemon juice, 90ml tomato juice, and 20ml KFC gravy shaken between two mixers.
Then, the Southern Twist, which sees parsley and brown sugar mixed together and coated with lemon to make a sugar rim. The drink itself is then made with a simple combination of 50ml bourbon combined with 60ml hot gravy.
As a mixologist named Patrick explained to the outlet, “The Kentucky bourbon in the Southern Twist brings mellow, sweet spice notes to stand up to the savory gravy.”
As for the parsley, Patrick said it “brightens the sip with the brown sugar softening the kick of bourbon and uniting the flavors.” Interesting!
Last but not least is The Fingerlickin’ Sour, a blend of 60ml gravy, 240ml Mezcal, which is frozen for three hours, then strained. From there, 50ml of the mixture is added to an egg white, 15ml of cherry liqueur, 25ml of lemon juice, a tablespoon of orange marmalade, and salt and pepper, all shaken in a mixer. The drink is garnished with lemon thyme.
If you’re still skeptical, we can’t say we blame you — the drinks aren’t exactly what one might call traditional. Then again, there’s only one way to find out… *Gulp*
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KFC just revealed its first female Colonel Sanders.
On Thursday, the chicken chain announced that its newest version of Colonel Sanders would be played by country music icon Reba McEntire.
McEntire will be the face of the Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken, the latest in KFC's regionally-inspired Southern chicken variations. In addition to being the first female colonel, McEntire sets herself apart from the long list of comedians who have taken on the role by singing in the commercial and switching between two identities: Reba and Colonel Sanders.
"I don't remember if they said in the beginning I would be singing, I just assumed I would," McEntire told Business Insider.
McEntire is the latest in a long line of actors to play Sanders in KFC ads over the last two years. Other actors include Billy Zane, Darrell Hammond, and Norm Macdonald.
"It's something that, in a way, you can kind of poke fun at yourself by dressing up as the colonel," McEntire said. "But, in a way it's very respectable because he's been a part of our growing-up years."
KFC CMO Andrea Zahumensky told Business Insider that the Smoky Mountain BBQ colonel would be the chain's "most loved" yet.
"We really look for someone who embodies the values of Kentucky Fried Chicken," Zahumensky said. "You think about an entrepreneurial spirit. Our colonel is a showman through and through."
KFC has found impressive success since rolling out its Colonel Sanders-centric marketing campaign in 2015, despite initial backlash.
The return of the colonel, along with an effort to improve food quality and customer service, helped spark a turnaround for KFC. The chain is expected to report its fourth consecutive year of same-store sales growth in early February.
McEntire, who says she has "been in love with KFC forever," said her Oklahoma roots helped her nail the part — including the accent.
"It's probably been a little thicker than I talk normally," she said, laughing. Then, after thinking about it for a second, McEntire corrected herself: "Probably not."
Here's Reba McEntire as KFC's newest Colonel Sanders:
You could be forgiven for not knowing that KFC has an heiress, because it doesn't. But lingerie designer Kaila Methven is the next best thing.
Methven is the granddaughter of the founder of Rainbow Chicken Unlimited, a South African company that at one time supplied 90% of KFC's chicken. The Methvens were also once the third-richest family in South Africa, Maxim reported.
Methven's grandfather, Stanley, was known as a food industry pioneer. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1986.
"[Stanley] Methven had a vision — that chicken would become a staple protein source – combined with formidable energy," Financial Mail, a South African business publication, wrote in 1995.
The family sold the chicken business in 1991, the year Kaila Methven was born. Despite being an heiress, Methven says she had a difficult childhood. Her mother committed suicide when Methven was 14, after which she moved to France to live with her estranged father.
Now, she has her own lingerie business and has become an Instagram star. Keep scrolling to see her glamorous life:
Meet Kaila Methven, the 26-year-old heiress to a KFC chicken fortune.
Her family founded a company that at one time supplied 90% of the chicken to KFC. They became the third-richest family in South Africa.
Methven would not confirm to Business Insider what she inherited from her family's success but says that she spent her early years in Beverly Hills before moving in with her father in France.
But her wealth came with some challenges. "As an 'heiress' I feel like any other person, just with more financial responsibilities and more stress. As with most people, the more money you have, the more problems you attain," she told Business Insider.
She says she has found her own success by running two lingerie brands: Madame Methven and LBKM.
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Soon, people across the US will be able to have KFC and Taco Bell delivered to their doorstep.
On Thursday, Yum Brands — the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut — announced it had entered into a partnership with delivery company Grubhub.
The chains' franchisees will work with Grubhub to roll out online ordering for pickup and delivery in thousands of locations in the coming months. Currently, just a handful of KFC locations are testing delivery. Roughly 1,500 Taco Bell locations already deliver food.
In a call with investors, Yum Brands said that, by the end of the year, Grubhub's delivery network will cover roughly 80% of KFC and Taco Bell restaurants that would deliver.
As part of the deal, Yum Brands has agreed to purchase $200 million of common stock in Grubhub. The $200 million will be used to accelerate the expansion of Grubhub's delivery network and drive orders to KFC and Taco Bell.
Delivery has become a major focus in the fast-food industry in recent years.
McDonald's has rolled out delivery to roughly 5,000 locations in the US through a partnership with UberEats, in an attempt to get in on what the fast-food company has called the $100 billion delivery market. In a call with investors in January, McDonald's said that delivery was the biggest contributor to comparable sale growth in major markets in the fourth quarter.
"People are so used to living their lives with one click of a button," McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook, who has led the chain's aggressive drive into delivery, said in April 2017.
As a result, fast-food customers increasingly expect delivery. Last year, Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol told Business Insider that it was customers' top demand.
"We still haven't figured out how to do it," Niccol said at the time.
"The third party folks, the aggregators — they're just not fast enough," Niccol said.
Yum Brands' partnership with Grubhub seems to be trying to solve some of these issues by getting fast-food leadership more involved in the delivery company. According to a press release from the companies, the two chains will work together on joint marketing initiatives, and Grubhub will add Pizza Hut US President Artie Starrs to its board of directors.
Fast-food delivery battles are heating up.
On Thursday, Yum Brands — the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut — announced it had entered into a partnership with delivery company Grubhub. With the deal, KFC and Taco Bell will roll out delivery at thousands of locations across the US in 2018.
McDonald's made a major delivery push in 2017, going from a handful of locations testing delivery to roughly 5,000 locations delivering orders via UberEATS.
Here's how the two fast-food giants delivery strategies measure up.
McDonald's is modernizing — and has a huge advantage on speed
McDonald's delivery drive is part of CEO Steve Easterbrook's' more general efforts to modernize the brand, with initiatives such as adding kiosks to stores and rolling out mobile orderings.
"People are so used to living their lives with one click of a button," Easterbrook told Business Insider on the topic of delivery in April 2017.
By partnering with UberEATS, McDonald's gained access to a sleek, super-modern delivery interface. According to the company, customers tend to spend more and shop at different times — such as late at night — than when they visit stores.
While originally there was skepticism over if customers would be willing to pay the delivery fee required by UberEATS, McDonald's say that it has been impressed by demand. In a call with investors in January, McDonald's said that delivery was the biggest contributor to comparable sale growth in several major markets in the fourth quarter.
McDonald's biggest advantage when it comes to delivery is its size. Because the chain has more than 14,000 locations in the US, most customers are relatively near a McDonald's — meaning shorter delivery times, allowing food to arrive still warm.
"If you were to go on to UberEATS in many of the markets now, we'll be one of the early recommended restaurants, just because the operation that we run now we can actually get from order to delivery in under 30 minutes," CFO Kevin Ozan said in January. The speedy delivery "pretty much everywhere we are which puts us right at the head of the pack in terms of the convenience that we offer customers."
Taco Bell has been trying everything, while KFC plays catch up
Roughly 1,500 Taco Bell locations already offer delivery, Yum Brands said in a call with investors on Wednesday. Even prior to the Grubhub deal, the chain has been experimenting with how best to get tacos into customers hands, without having them leave the house.
Last year, Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol told Business Insider that delivery was customers' top demand.
"We still haven't figured out how to do it," according to Niccol, who said at the time Taco Bell was exploring in-house delivery options.
"Could we probably just go do it? Sure. But it would just be OK," Niccol said. "OK usually ends up in a slow death. You buy a shirt, and you're like, eh, it's OK. But slowly and surely it moves to the back of your closet with the tag still on it. And it never makes it out of the closet because you're like, eh, it's OK."
While Niccol said that Taco Bell had found third-party delivery services weren't fast enough, the chain has experimented with various third-parties, including an ongoing partnership with DoorDash.
Perhaps the most out-of-the-box solution was "Taco Mode"— a feature Taco Bell tested last year that allowed Lyft passengers to push a button to have their driver take them to a Taco Bell drive-thru between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
KFC, meanwhile, is playing catchup. The chicken chain has only recently started testing delivery in a select number of markets.
The Grubhub deal proves KFC and Taco Bell finally getting serious about delivery
Taco Bell and KFC franchisees are still working with Grubhub on what exactly will be delivered and how deliveries will be executed, so keep an eye out for the chains to start popping up on Grubhub and Seamless in the coming months.
Both KFC and Taco Bell also have the advantage of being sister brands with a chain with serious delivery experience — Pizza Hut.
The pizza chain has been developing delivery tech over the last decade, with digital sales making up roughly half of all orders. As part of the partnership announced on Thursday, Grubhub will add Pizza Hut US President Artie Starrs to its board of directors.
The Grubhub deal — which includes Yum Brands agreeing to buy $200 million of common stock in the delivery company — represents a more overarching strategy for Taco Bell. Further, it proves KFC is ready to get serious about delivery.
As rivals like McDonald's ramp up their own efforts to take over the $100 billion delivery business, it's about time that the chains made an investment in figuring out how to deliver fast food.
Seven hundred and fifty KFC outlets across the UK have been closed after a change in food distributors led to a chicken shortage for the company.
More than 80% of all KFCs in Britain have been forced to close because the delivery company that recently took over the job of getting chickens to each restaurant has been unable to deliver.
KFC swapped deliverers from Bidvest Group to DHL last week, causing what the fried-chicken empire called "teething problems." It has since set up a website where people can find their nearest open outlet, and it promised that "the Colonel is working on it."
The number of KFCs that shut down because of the crisis came from GMB, a trade union whose members worked for the Bidvest Group. KFC declined to give Business Insider a figure.
KFC wrote on Saturday: "The chicken crossed the road, just not to our restaurants.
"We won't compromise on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu, or shortened hours."
The Colonel is working on it. pic.twitter.com/VvvnDLvlyq— KFC UK & Ireland (@KFC_UKI) February 17, 2018
The GMB says DHL is "not geared up" to deliver chicken around the country.
DHL has one distribution depot, while Bidvest had multiple ones around the country, GMB's national officer Mick Rix told Business Insider.
Rix added: "What that means is all the orders from across the UK are going to one site, and DHL's systems are not geared up to handling hundreds of orders for the UK."
DHL's distribution center for KFC is in Rugby, a town in central England. As shown in the map below, KFC operates outlets across the country as far as Elgin in Scotland and Penzance in southern England.
Rugby is some 370 miles from Elgin and 250 miles from Penzance.
KFC operates 900 outlets in the UK, meaning 750 closings would account for 80% of its stores.
It's unclear when the delivery problems will be rectified, KFC told the BBC.
Rix added in a statement on Monday night: "We tried to warn KFC this decision would have consequences — well now the chickens are coming home to roost.
"Three weeks ago KFC knew they had made a terrible mistake, but by then it was too late."
Rix added that 255 GMB members, who are specially trained in food distribution, have lost their jobs as a result of the change in distributor.
People across the UK tweeted of their outrage over the news. One called it "a sign of the apocalypse." The BBC also described the news as a "chicken chaos."
Surely KFC running out of chicken is a sign of the apocalypse? Should I be expecting to see Four Horseman anytime soon? And I’m not talking about Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson & Ole Anderson 😂 pic.twitter.com/zIQw46iBGT— Dan 🇧🇷🇵🇹🇬🇾🇯🇲 (@DannyMondinho) February 19, 2018
So wait... KFC is STILL OUT OF CHICKEN?!?— Aurie Styla (@AurieStyla) February 19, 2018
Their connect ain’t acting right!!!
How can you be out of the one thing you are known for selling?!? pic.twitter.com/XcC151c756
Angry chicken fans in Britain have been reporting KFC to the police because hundreds of their stores ran out of chicken.
As many as 450 branches across the UK are shut for a fourth day after a change of distributors led to a nationwide chicken shortage for the company.
Others are open with severely limited menus, including one restaurant in Bristol which could only offer BBQ beans, lettuce and popcorn chicken.
Police forces in Tower Hamlets, London, and Whitefield, Manchester, have tweeted their frustration at being dragged into KFC's crisis, which they explained was not an issue for them.
Tower Hamlets MPS said: "It is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire."
For those who contacted the Police about KFC being out of chicken ... please STOP. Their website says the Prestwich store is now open if you want to follow the four police cars through the drive thru ..— GMP Whitefield (@GMPWhitefield) February 20, 2018
Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis - it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire.— Tower Hamlets MPS (@MPSTowerHam) February 20, 2018
Some frustrated customers have also been contacting their members of parliament in hope of a political solution.
Neil Coyle, an MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark in south London, wrote on Monday:
The Telegraph and The Times also reported Luke Pollard, an MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport in south England, as tweeting: "Have had my first person get in touch to ask what’s happening with #KFC . . . and the answer is, I don’t know (yet)."
Pollard appears to have deleted the tweet in question.
KFC swapped deliverers from Bidvest Group to DHL last week, causing what the fried-chicken empire described as "teething problems" which have crippled its ability to operate.
DHL has one distribution depot in Rugby, central England, while Bidvest had several around the country, according to the trades union GMB, which represents slighted Bidvest employees.
The map below shows the distance lorries have to travel from DHL's Rugby depot to KFC outposts as far away as northern Scotland and the southwestern tip of England.
KFC tweeted on Tuesday evening that "over half" of its stores around the country have reopened, and that "our teams are working flat out to open the rest."
It also told BBC that, despite its efforts, some will remain shut for the rest of the week.
The company also has a designated web page where people can find their nearest open outlet.
"Equilibrium will soon be restored," the company said.
On Wednesday, the BBC posted a video of at least seven lorries waiting outside DHL's depot in Rugby.
Lorries and cabs continue to queue outside DHL/QSL distribution centre for KFC as a driver tells us ‘they haven’t got a clue what they’re doing’. pic.twitter.com/IKiC4XdJeF— BBC Cov Warks (@BBCCovWarks) February 21, 2018
DHL blamed the chicken shortage on "operational issues," and said that it was working to "rectify the situation as a priority."
London's Metropolitan Police told Business Insider in a statement: "The Met's call centres currently receive more than 14,500 calls every weekday.
"The Met is continuing its drive — including the use of its social media channels - to reduce improper use of the 999 and 101 numbers."
Using an alternate way of valuing their stocks, both Chipotle and Yum Brands are "somewhat undervalued," Bernstein Analyst Sara Senatore wrote in a note to clients.
Most market watchers use an earnings multiple to evaluate a company's value. Senatore looked at the enterprise value — which adds the market value of its common stock, preferred equity, debt, and minority interest minus its cash and investments — coupled with the companies' forecasted growth to determine a "line of best fit" for businesses in the fast-food and casual dining industries. Those below the line are considered bargains while those above are potentially overpriced.
According to this metric, Chipotle and Yum Brands have room to grow.
"Our outperform ratings on YUM and CMG are consistent with our valuation work; both sit below the line of best fit for the industry, suggesting the stocks are somewhat undervalued (on EV/IC) relative to their fundamental outlooks," Senatore said.
Wall Street has been optimistic over Chipotle's soon-to-be CEO Brian Niccol, who the food chain tapped from Taco Bell. Chipotle has dealt with a series of challenges to reverse its bad image after multiple cases of customers falling ill and failed attempts to introduce new items on the menu that would resonate with consumers, such as its queso.
With Yum Brands, "expectations have been reset," Senatore said. The company reported revenue and same-store sales in the fourth quarter that had fallen short of Wall Street's expectations, particularly on weaker demand from Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Investors are looking forward to a turnaround at Pizza Hut, she said.
Senatore gave Chipotle a price target of $500 per share, which was 56% above its current share price. The price target for Yum Brands was $92, which was 12% above its current price.
Chipotle's stock was trading at $318.18 per share, and was up 8.68% for the year. Yum Brands was trading at $81.39 per share, and was down 0.27% for the year.
Just a couple of weeks after the KFC chicken crisis was first announced, the fast food restaurant is facing another dilemma with an apparent gravy shortage.
People across the country have been struggling to cope with KFC's lack of chicken, which all came about due to "teething problems" with a new delivery partner.
Just over a week ago, it was reported that half of the KFC restaurants in the UK had been forced to close.
While the majority of the branches are now back up and running, a number of customers have been left feeling dismayed by the scarcity of gravy available at the fast-food chain.
"I'm eating a KFC in Warrington and they have no gravy. What is going on!", one person wrote on Twitter.
Another person detailed how she'd sent her boyfriend to a KFC, only for him to return with no gravy to accompany her food order.
A spokesperson from KFC has explained that they're doing everything in their power to ensure that KFC returns to business as usual as soon as possible.
sent me boyfriend to kfc and he comes back with no gravy cus they’re sold out.. wtf still?? @KFC_UKI_Help— wendy (@h1gh_h0p3s) February 27, 2018
I'm eating a KFC in warrington and they have no gravy. What is going on! I'm fuuuuuuuuuuuming— Phil Whitaker (@PhilWhit88) February 27, 2018
Didnt think the kfc drama was just about having no chicken, but im just back and i had to get chips with extra chips because they have like no sides. Kfc without gravy😭💔— DAWNALD; (@howleyyyy) February 26, 2018
"97 per cent of our restaurants are now open, however, due to the ongoing distribution challenges DHL is experiencing, some restaurants are continuing to serve a reduced menu, including gravy," the spokesperson told The Independent.
"We're working as hard as we can to get this sorted out, we know that our gravy is a big favourite!"
It was recently revealed that a KFC supplier had been selling chicken for as little as £1 in order to shift excess produce when an order of 20,000 chicken pieces was returned from a DHL delivery depot in Rugby to Moy Park.
Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis - it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire.— Tower Hamlets MPS (@MPSTowerHam) February 20, 2018
People have been going to extreme lengths to express their disappointment over the chicken crisis, with some even bothering the police with emergency calls about the issue.
Tower Hamlets Metropolitan Service shared a tweet urging people to refrain from calling the police force over the matter, which has since gone viral on Twitter.
"Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis - it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire," they said.
The tweet has currently been liked more than 20,000 times and has been retweeted nearly 12,000 times.
The Food and Drug Administration recommends an average daily intake of 2,000 calories.
Yet according to data from The Food and Agriculture Organization of the Unitred Nations (FAOSTAT), Americans eat about 3,600 calories daily — a 24% increase from 1961. Healthier, more transparent practices are making their way into the fast-food industry, yet simple awareness isn't always effective.
The Upshot took pictures of 2,000 calories' worth of restaurant food in 2014.
We decided to do our own version and visit 13 fast-food chains to discover what ordering 2,000 calories looks like.
While many of these arrangements look like single meals, each would be all you are recommended to eat in an entire day.
Marina Nazario contributed reporting on a previous version of this article.
Venti white-chocolate mocha, sausage and cheddar classic breakfast sandwich, dark cherry Greek yogurt, salted caramel cake pop, coffee cake. Total calories: 2,030.
Bacon clubhouse crispy-chicken sandwich, large fries, mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce, Oreo McFlurry. Total calories: 2,010.
New England clam-chowder bread bowl, chips, chocolate-chip cookie, bottled lemonade. Total calories: 2,160.
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KFC locations in Malaysia are celebrating International Women's Day by replacing Colonel Sanders in the chain's marketing.
On Thursday, KFC Malaysia announced it would swap the illustration of The Colonel with his wife, Claudia.
"It is hard to imagine but KFC would not be where it is today if not for Claudia, wife of Colonel Sanders,"the chain's website reads. "While the Colonel created the secret recipe and ran the company, Mrs Sanders mixed and even shipped the spices to restaurants across the country — often late into the night."
Some people found the logo swap to be eye-roll inducing.
"cishet Western colonial capitalism? That's a load of bs."— AC Dumlao | Call Me They (@mxacdumlao) March 8, 2018
KFC: MEET THE WOMAN COLONEL SANDERS AND BUY OUR FOOD https://t.co/GgUao4GiQS
KFC.......thankyou for your service to women https://t.co/vuft5YZjNh— Emily Reynolds (@rey_z) March 8, 2018
Appreciate all the equal rights efforts, but between Lady Doritos, female Colonel Sanders and the McDonald’s W, I think we’re all set!!— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) March 8, 2018
Claudia Sanders, nee Claudia Ledington, was Colonel Harland Sanders' second wife. The pair met when she was a waitress at Sanders' first restaurant, Sanders Cafe, and began their affair while Sanders was still married to his first wife.
Claudia and Harland Sanders wed in 1949. She was crucial to KFC's success, helping Colonel Sanders build KFC into an international brand.
While KFCs in the US aren't swapping Colonel Sanders face for that of his wife, the chain also featured a female colonel in its homeland recently.
In January, the chicken chain announced that its newest version of Colonel Sanders would be played by country music icon Reba McEntire— the first female Colonel Sanders.
KFC isn't the only fast-food chain putting the spotlight on women this International Women's Day.
A McDonald's location in Lynwood, California turned its golden-arches sign upside down earlier this week in honor of International Women's Day. On Thursday, the fast-food chain debuted the flipped arches on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Responses to McDonald's flipped logo were mixed, with some people wishing that the fast-food chain had made more concrete actions to help women who work at the company.
Sounds like the beginning of the end -- Kentucky Fried Chicken locations with all-you-can-eat buffet options? Where do I sign up?
The tip came in by way of a franticly excited friend of mine who spotted the unicorn-of-a-fastfood-specimen on a recent drive through the city of Banning, a town residing in the Southern California county of Riverside. While this isn't the only KFC in the world with a reported all-you-can-eat buffet, it's the first time I've been privy to it. Furthermore, following an extensive day of research (a five minute polling of my inner circle of friends), none of them were aware such KFC build-outs existed.
All-you-can-eat fast food? The possibilities seem utterly endless. Can you fathom a towering volcano of mashed potatoes, deep fried chicken drumsticks, topped with corn and erupting with gravy? I can't just yet, I have an imagination of a matchbook covered in water. But you can bet I'll be making a trek out to banning to get a load of this unique fast food specimen. Why would I get anything else on the menu when I can eat everything, as many times as I want, for $8.99?
If you've ever been to, heard of, or have suffered a level-4 food coma from a KFC All-You-Can Eat buffet, let us know in the comments. Do you think they should make them more widely available? Here's a look: