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    KFC Liotta

    KFC has a new Colonel Sanders — again. 

    On Thursday, KFC announced that the chain's newest colonel would be played by Ray Liotta, an actor best known for his roles in movies such as "Goodfellas" and "Field of Dreams."

    Liotta will star in a series of ads promoting two semi-recent additions to KFC's menu, which have roots in trendy Southern cuisine: Georgia Gold honey mustard BBQ chicken and Nashville Hot chicken.

    Liotta is just 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. 

    Despite some initial backlash to the chain bringing back the colonel in 2015, KFC's Sanders-centric marketing push has been a success.

    The return of the colonel in advertising, along with an effort to improve food quality and customer service, helped spark a turnaround for KFC. In August, parent company Yum reported that same-store sales increased 3% in the most recent quarter, with CEO Greg Creed calling the brand a "global powerhouse" achieving things "no one would have believed possible three years ago." 

    Here's KFC's first commercial starring Liotta: 

     

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    A disturbing video of KFC employees slopping day-old green beans, mac and cheese, and fried chicken from 2013 is once again going viral.

    And it reveals something important about the chain.

    In the video, workers take green beans and mac and cheese out of cartons and plop them into containers to be served to customers the next day. Chicken that had been left out since the afternoon was also packed up to be served the next day, after nearly 24 hours sitting out.

    "Look at these old green beans," a worker says. "These green beans have been there three to four days."

    While the video paints a grim picture of KFC, a representative for the chain told Business Insider it was an "isolated restaurant and it does not accurately represent our company food-handling procedures, policies, or values."

    But the video does highlight some major changes the company has made over the past few years to improve its reputation.

    In 2013, when the video was filmed, the chicken chain was in a dark place.

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    "In the birthplace of this brand, KFC hasn't done well in decades," KFC's chief marketing officer Kevin Hochman, who has since been promoted to president, told Business Insider in 2016. From 2002 to 2016, KFC went from 5,472 locations in the US to 4,270.

    In April 2016, KFC launched a "Re-Colonelization" program, which included a national employee retraining and a new satisfaction guarantee. Executives said customers had complained that food "didn't taste the same," and many Americans simply didn't trust the chain's quality.

    "You can't just pivot from Double Downs to 'We make fried chicken in the back of the house' overnight," Hochman said at the time.

    KFC Liotta

    "While Re-Colonelization was not related to this incident, it included investing more than 100,000 hours in team-member training and recertification of our cooks, going back to the Colonel's values on how we prepare and serve food to our guests, and most importantly, inviting America back into our restaurants for a new experience," a KFC representative told Business Insider.

    The Re-Colonization employee training, coupled with a successful Colonel Sanders-centric ad campaign, has paid off for KFC.

    In August, the parent company Yum reported that same-store sales increased 3% in the most recent quarter, with CEO Greg Creed calling the brand a "global powerhouse" achieving things "no one would have believed possible three years ago."

    So, the viral KFC video is an important one for the chain. But its importance came not because it dissuaded customers from eating at a disgusting restaurant but because it showed how much the chain needed to improve — and how KFC reacted.

    Here's the gross KFC video:

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    If you simply can't get enough of fried chicken, the sandwich of your dreams is coming to the UK.

    The KFC Double Down, which is popular in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, is coming to the UK for six weeks only.

    The "sandwich" forgoes the bread for two chicken fillets, which sandwich together crispy bacon, melted Monterey Jack cheese, and BBQ sauce. It will set you back £4.79, or £5.79 with fries and a drink.

    The fast food chain announced the launch with a video on Twitter:

    The Double Down is due to arrive into UK KFC stores next Monday October 9.

    According to Metro, KFC received "hundreds of tweets and messages from British fans for the sandwich to be launched here."

    "There’s been so much excitement for the Double Down since it first launched to the US in 2010," said Jack Hinchliffe, Innovation Director at KFC UK & Ireland.

    "It’s sold out in every country that it’s been released in, so we’re anticipating it’ll be a sell-out success here in the UK."

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    "Fandom has gone wild over the past few years on social media, and we’ve even had reports of our customers taking things into their own hands by hacking the menu to create the sandwich," he added.

    "It seems people agree with us…there’s nothing better than an Original Recipe fillet, so if you can’t beat it – double it!"

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    KFC's famous Double Down burger has just come to the UK.

    We asked some willing Brits to try it for the first time and tell us what they thought.

    Watch the video to see how they got on with the breadless burger.

    Produced and filmed by Claudia Romeo

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    The Twitter account of the global fast-food giant KFC has more than 1.2 million followers, but it follows only five English women and six men in return. They're all certified accounts.

    The women include Victoria Beckham, Mel B, and Geri Halliwell.

    The men include a musician, a journalist, a Green Bay Packers player, a college football coach, and the Los Angeles City Council president.

    The men have one thing in common: They're all named Herb. And the women are all former Spice Girls, which (drumroll…) gives KFC 11 Herbs and Spices.

    We have Twitter's Mike Edgette, the social-media manager at TallGrass PR, to thank for solving one of the biggest mysteries since Stephen Hawking tackled Black Hole Theory.

    We dip our hat to you, sir.

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    KFC Twitter

    The Twitter account of global fast-food giant KFC has more than 1.2 million followers, but it follows only five English women and six men in return. They’re all certified accounts.

    The women include Victoria Beckham, Mel B, and Geri Halliwell.

    The six men include a musician, journalist, a Green Bay Packers player, a university football coach, and the LA city council president.

    The men have one thing in common: They’re all called Herb.

    The woman are all former Spice Girls, which — drumroll — gives KFC ... 11 Herbs and Spices.

    We have Twitter’s Mike Edgette, social-media manager at Tall Grass PR, to thank for solving one of the biggest mysteries since Stephen Hawking tackled Black Hole Theory.

    We dip our hat to you, sir.

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    Chicken Tenders

    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.

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    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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    • Back in October, some genius tweeted that he found out why KFC only follows 11 people on Twitter.
    • KFC follows exactly 6 people named Herb and 5 Spice Girls, aka: "11 herbs and spices."
    • This week, Internet sleuth Mike Edgette received a surprise gift from KFC: a giant portrait of himself on Colonel Sanders' shoulders.
    • Edgette also received 52 gift cards for KFC and a letter from the Colonel himself.

    Back in October, we reported on the guy who figured out the genius hidden Easter egg on the KFC Twitter page.

    Mike Edgette figured out that KFC's account only follows 11 people: 5 Spice Girls and 6 people named Herb — aka, "11 herbs and spices." The internet understandably freaked out at this discovery.

    kfc twitter

    But the story gets even better. A couple of weeks after Edgette, who goes by the Twitter handle @edgette22, made his epic discovery, he was sent a special gift from KFC's marketing company: a giant portrait that features Edgette on the shoulders of Colonel Sanders, against the backdrop of a picturesque mountain range at sunset.

     According to FoodEnvy, this (probably expensive) PR stunt was commissioned by Wieden+Kennedy, the same ad agency that brought you the fantastic "Old Spice Guy" commercials.

    The portrait also came with a letter signed by Colonel Sanders himself thanking him for his "service on the front lines of the Internet," as well as 52 $5 gift cards (That's $260 worth of fried chicken, in case you were wondering)

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    Edgette has denied any Internet conspiracy theories that he was secretly working for the KFC PR agency, and that this was just one giant marketing campaign. As Thrillist points out, Edgette does work for a PR company called TallGrass PR, but they have nothing to do with KFC (which is represented by Edelman). 

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    kfc christmas ornaments

    • 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. 


    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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    • 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.


    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.

    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."

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    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.

    Trump's unhealthy diet.

    He’s a “junk food aficionado." He eats fast food several times a week.  Even though his physician said he’d been the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.

    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.

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    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.

    Other favorites include: meatloaf, caesar salad, spaghetti. See’s Candies, cherry vanilla ice creamBut, he says“no” to tea coffee and alcohol.

    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.

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    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.

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    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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    KFC Japan Christmas

    • 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.


    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. 

    SEE ALSO: Underdog McDonald's is defying ridicule to become the ultimate fast-food burger chain

    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.

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    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.

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    The promotion went national in Japan in 1974 under the name Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakkii: Kentucky for Christmas.

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    • 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. 


    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"

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    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."

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    President Donald Trump

    • 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. 


    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. 

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    • "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. 

    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 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."

     

    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. 

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    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 Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken

    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: 

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    Kaila Methven

    • 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. 

     

    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:

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    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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    Taco Bell Value Menu

    • 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. 

     

    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. 

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    "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. 

    Past tests from Taco Bell include a partnership with Lyft to take passengers through the drive-thru, as well as a partnership with DoorDash.

    "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. 

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    UberEATS delivery boy

    • 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. 

     

    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 Value Menu

    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 

    Taco Bell Value Menu

    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

    KFC Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken

    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. 

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