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05-08-2003, 07:55 AM
New studies conducted at Stanford University indicate a clear link between the "mullet" hair-do, and high blood pressure. - Scientists believe that the high blood pressure may come from long periods of elevated stress levels caused by the feeling that everybody is laughing at you behind your back, because they think you can't afford a decent hair cut. - well ... that, coupled with the realisation that you don't recieve any discount for only getting 75% of an actual hair cut.

full story at 10.

05-08-2003, 02:34 PM
Its Big Jim Brown Line Backer for the Kansas City Chiefs!

Cheese Dog
05-08-2003, 10:02 PM
It's been WAY too long since I rented Kentucky Fried Movie!

05-08-2003, 10:12 PM
Rented? Heh, I've owned that movie for a decade or more. Every martial artist should have it for the excellent Enter The Dragon parody (you have our gwwwaatttitude!) and everybody else AND all martial artists should have it for Catholic High School Girls In Trouble. The rest of the movie is bonus material! And **** good bonus material at that! ;)

Cheese Dog
05-09-2003, 12:21 PM
I have indeed been negligent. I'm so ashamed! :D

05-10-2003, 07:35 PM
and wasn't it Jackie Chan's American debut??

what about "They Call me Bruce"?

any takers?

I thought it was pretty funny.

05-14-2003, 03:23 PM
fistfull of yen -- now that is goodness. :)

05-14-2003, 06:15 PM

rtb, it's always nice when you come slumming over here at the regular forum:D

07-10-2007, 11:39 AM
KFC is fairly successful in Asia because it's easier to get chicken than corn-fed beef (a basic requirement for most fast food hamburger chains). The KFC in China used to have a Col. Saunders statue outside with slanty eyes.

Subject: KFC Commissions Tasty Martial Arts-Inspired Mural to Launch All New Teriyaki Boneless Wings

KFC Commissions Tasty Martial Arts-Inspired Mural to Launch All New Teriyaki Boneless Wings

'Karate-Kickin' Colonel' Mural Painted with Special Ingredient to be Auctioned for Charity

LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- To showcase the unique flavor of KFC's new Teriyaki Boneless Wings, Kentucky Fried Chicken challenged experiential artist Phil Hansen to create a one-of-a-kind mural of Colonel Sanders. To give the mural a tasty twist, Hansen used KFC's new boneless wings' Teriyaki sauce as his medium.

"When we saw Phil's work and his karate-style painting technique, we just knew he had to be involved in the launch of KFC's new Teriyaki Boneless Wings," said James O'Reilly, chief marketing officer for KFC. "After all, the distinctive taste of the new Teriyaki wings delivers a one-two punch -- restaurant-style flavor at an inexpensive price."

Karate Kickin' Colonel

It wouldn't be a KFC product without some sort of secret, and Hansen's mural is no different. Hansen, from Eden Prairie, Minn., employed a specially concocted 'paint' made from Teriyaki sauce to create an image that tastes as good as it looks.

Drawing inspiration from the Japanese martial art to reflect the origins of the Teriyaki sauce, Hansen used his unique 'karate-painting' technique by coating his hands and feet (and even his cheek at one point) in the 'paint' and karate chopping, kicking and head butting a wall-sized canvass.

A minute-long film posted on YouTube shows the mural's eight hour production in high speed, finally revealing Colonel Sanders in mid karate kick. To view the video, visit http://www.kfc.com/ or http://www.youtube.com/justanotherphil. The finished painting will be auctioned on eBay with proceeds benefiting Colonel's Scholars, a charitable program providing students nationwide with much needed college scholarships.

Teriyaki Boneless Wings, the latest innovation from KFC, are boneless 100% chicken breast, marinated and breaded in KFC's special seasonings and fried to crispy golden perfection. Then, they are fully dipped in KFC's Teriyaki sauce, the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors. The new Teriyaki Boneless Wings Combo (six boneless wings, potato wedges and a medium drink) will be available starting July 10 and priced at $3.99, plus tax. Prices may vary by location. To find the nearest KFC location, please visit http://www.kfc.com/.

About KFC

KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe(R), Extra Crispy(TM) and Colonel's Crispy Strips(R) with home-style sides, Honey BBQ Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches. There are more than 14,000 KFC outlets in more than 80 countries and territories around the world, serving some 12 million customers each day. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. ( NYSE:YUM) .

First Call Analyst:
FCMN Contact:

Source: KFC Corporation

CONTACT: Laurie Schalow of KFC Corporation, +1-502-874-8100,
Laurie.Schalow@kfc.com; or Russ Dyer of Weber Shandwick, +1-312-988-2384,
rdyer@webershandwick.com, for KFC Corporation

Web site: http://www.kfc.com/

Here's Phil doing Bruce Lee (http://www.philinthecircle.com/bruce.html).

07-10-2007, 11:59 AM
Wow Gene. Thanks for posting this.

That guys stuff is INSANE!

09-22-2014, 08:46 AM
It hurts my head because 1. this news even exists and 2. there's this perfect decade+ old thread on our forum for posting it.

KFC Japan Celebrates 'Colonel Day' With Fried Chicken Computer Accessories, Jewelry (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2014-09-04/kfc-japan-celebrates-colonel-day-with-fried-chicken-computer-accessories-jewelry/.78394)
posted on 2014-09-04 22:00 EDT by Lynzee Lamb

If only there was a way to make computer keyboards and mice tastier, crunchier, and fried. KFC Japan is ready to fill the marketing void in chicken-based computer products with some limited edition items to celebrate "Colonel Day."

Colonel Sanders is celebrating his birthday, and on the auspicious day of its creator, KFC Japan is holding a Twitter campaign where participants have a chance to win one fried-chicken mouse, one keyboard with chicken keys, and one giant fried USB memory stick.




The fast-food franchise is also giving away 47 pairs of fried-chicken earrings. In total, 50 winners will be chosen after the campaign ends on September 24.


To enter, Twitter users need to follow KFC, link to the campaign's promotional page with the hashtag “#KFCカーナルズデー” (“KFC Colonel's Day”).

09-22-2014, 10:06 AM
If you only glance at it, that 'drumstick' looks a lot like something else, and it ain't a piece of chicken, unless it's chicken that's been eaten, digested and excreted. And can someone actually 'win' with earrings like that?:confused:

09-22-2014, 01:11 PM
that chicken leg usb is FRIGGIN AWESOM


David Jamieson
09-22-2014, 01:19 PM
that chicken leg usb is FRIGGIN AWESOM


I too would like to have a chicken Leg USB drive.
We get nothing like this here!

Dam U lucky Japan...

also kudos on the decade old necro thread ~G
database is almost sentient at this point...geez

09-22-2014, 02:04 PM
that chicken leg usb is FRIGGIN AWESOM

I NED PLS GIVE I thought of you when I found this.

also kudos on the decade old necro thread ~G
database is almost sentient at this point...geez Thanks! Nothing like a little search engine fu to spit out all sorts of archived gems.

10-15-2014, 12:13 PM
dis 1 gotz bawang written all over it.

Fried chicken takeaway called 'Hitler' opens in Thailand and comes complete with logo of Nazi leader in a bow tie (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2356705/Fried-chicken-takeaway-called-Hitler-opens-Thailand-comes-complete-logo-Nazi-leader-bow-tie.html)
Bizarre restaurant opened last month in Bangkok
Images of Hitler have also been seen on t-shirts in Thailand
PUBLISHED: 04:54 EST, 5 July 2013 | UPDATED: 04:54 EST, 5 July 2013

Schoolchildren dressing up as Nazis and a billboard advert showing Hitler were just the start.
Thailand's obsession with so-called 'Nazis chic' just won't go away - and now a fried chicken takeaway called Hitler - complete with a logo showing the Nazi leader in a bow tie - has opened its doors.
The bizarre restaurant opened last month in Thailand and images of it are doing the rounds on Twitter as shocked customers take photos of the offensive eatery.

Bizarre: Thailand's obsession with so-called 'Nazis chic' just won't go away - and now a fried chicken takeaway called Hitler - complete with a logo showing the Nazi leader in a bow tie - has opened its doors

Image swap: The fascist dictator's head has been grafted onto the body of bow-tie wearing Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC
The fascist dictator's head has been grafted onto the body of bow-tie wearing Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC.

Among the grub on sale includes fried chicken and chips, burgers and kebabs.

Londoner Andrew Spooner, who spotted the takeaway, tweeted: 'Very bizarre Hitler Fried Chicken shop in Thailand. I kid you not. Complete with pic of Hitler in bow tie.
Alan Robertson, 43, who lives in Bangkok, said: 'The place opened last month and nobody quite knows what to make of it.
'I went in for a bite last week and got some fried chicken, which was pretty good, and asked the guy behind the counter why it was called Hitler.
'He just shrugged his shoulders and said the owners had thought it was good image.'
Cartoon pandas, Teletubbies and Ronald McDonald have all been spotted on show around the capital Bangkok.
The craze has seen more and more teenagers strutting around in T-shirts bearing cartoonish images of the Nazi dictator.

'Nazi chic': A shocking new trend has seen Bangkok flooded with cartoonish images of Hitler - including a popular design in which the dictator is merged with red-haired McDonalds mascot Ronald McDonald

Incongruous: Cartoon pandas and Teletubbies are among the characters merged with Hitler in the bizarre fashion trend. The designs feature a characteristic vicious expression and variety of Nazi symbols.

Popularised: Thai Shopkeepers admit that foreign tourists often complain about their Hitler kitsch merchandise - but say the t-shirts are extremely popular with young people

In a particularly popular design, Hitler is transformed into a cartoon Ronald McDonald, the fast-food chain's clown mascot, sporting a bouffant cherry-red hairdo and a stern look.
On another T-shirt the Führer is shown in a lovely panda costume with a Nazi armband.
In September 2011 in the northern city of Chiang Mai, a group of high school students showed up for sport day in homemade Nazi uniforms, complete with swastika armbands and toy guns.
Leading them was a teenage girl dressed in a faux SS uniform with a fake Hitler mustache.
Locals cheered the students merrily from sidewalks as foreign tourists reportedly looked on aghast.
In 2009, a waxworks museum in the seaside resort town of Pattaya advertised itself with a giant billboard featuring the Führer with the legend in Thai: 'Hitler is not dead!'
In 2007, hundreds of students at a Bangkok school staged a similar Nazi-themed costume parade.
Following international outcries, teachers at both schools apologised, saying they had no idea the students had planned to dress up as Nazis.

10-22-2014, 02:09 PM
This one is for you again, buddy. In fact, this whole freakin thread is for you.

Lovesick Chinese woman, 26, dumped by boyfriend spends entire week in KFC (https://uk.news.yahoo.com/lovesick-chinese-woman--26--dumped-by-boyfriend-spends-entire-week-in-kfc-131549197.html#8uhVDrl)
Depressed Tan Shen, 26, from Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan Province, decided she needed some fried comfort food to get over her ex
Yahoo News – Tue, Oct 21, 2014

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Central European News - Depressed: Tan Shen makes herself at home in KFC. (CEN)
A lovesick Chinese woman dumped by her boyfriend spent an entire week in a KFC eating chicken wings.

Depressed Tan Shen, 26, from Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan Province, decided she needed some fried comfort food to get over her ex.

She stopped off at a KFC near a train station by her home, but ended up staying for a whole week because she ‘needed time to think’.

Tan even phoned in sick to work to stay at the KFC, with her break-up clearly hitting her very hard.

She said: ‘I was walking around feeling miserable and decided to stop off at the KFC at the train station.

'I hadn’t planned on staying there long, I just wanted some chicken wings.

'But once I got in there and started eating I decided I needed time to think.

Tan Shen spent a marathon session in KFC because she 'needed time to think.' (CEN)

'I didn’t want to go back to my apartment because it was full of memories of him. So I stayed.'

After a few days employees at the chicken shop began to get concerned.

Worker Jiang Li Lung, 22, said: 'We work in shifts here and the restaurant is open 24 hours a day, so we get a lot of people coming through.

'At first no one really noticed her.

'But after a few days I began thinking she looked really familiar.

'Then I realised we had been serving her for the past three days and that she hadn’t actually left.

Tan Shen eventually left the KFC when she was approached by local media. (CEN)

'When we asked her if she was ok, she said she was and just needed time to think.

'And then asked for another box of chicken wings with extra large fries.'

He said the woman wasn’t doing anyone any harm so they let her stay.

He added: 'She was after all a paying customer, even if a bit of an odd one.'

After a week Shen decided she’d had enough when local media turned up and decided to write about her.

'I decided the best thing to do would be to leave the city and go back to my parents.

Tan Shen stayed in the KFC until she 'sick of the taste of chicken'. (CEN)

'I had already told work I was off sick, so phoned them and said I was leaving.

'And I was getting sick of the taste of chicken so there was no point in staying there anymore.'

She then boarded the next train to her parents' home in Quingdao city in east China’s Shandong Province and left.

Waitress Jiang Li Lung said: 'I guess we kind of miss her. It certainly made work more interesting.'

10-22-2014, 04:21 PM
This one is for you again, buddy. In fact, this whole freakin thread is for you.

This is what she looked like before eating KFC for a whole week ;)


01-26-2015, 01:02 PM
F'ing KFC. It messes with our KFTC.

Retail More: KFC Fast Food
KFC Just Released One Of The Most Ridiculous Fast-Food Menu Items Ever (http://www.businessinsider.com/kfc-double-down-dog-2015-1)
Ashley Lutz
Jan. 26, 2015, 10:59 AM

KFC has introduced a hot dog wrapped in a cheese-stuffed chicken breast.

The so-called Double Down Dog has caused a stir on social media.

It appears to be a hot dog version of the infamous "Double Down," a sandwich that uses chicken patties in place of bread.

Zach Harper ✔ @talkhoops

I need an adult RT @andytoddcook: Wut?
6:10 AM - 26 Jan 2015

Only 5o items are available at participating restaurants in the Philippines, according to an advertisement.

Kim Bhasin at Bloomberg spotted a photo of the real thing.

Kim Bhasin ✔ @KimBhasin

This is the totally absurd KFC Double Down Dog, spotted in the wild. From @TheDaddest:
7:22 AM - 26 Jan 2015

While this menu item is bizarre, it represents a few food trends.

Restaurants have been ramping up offerings of protein as more diners watch their carbs. Taco Bell released an entire menu of protein-heavy items last year.

And the Double Down Dog's popularity on social media is free advertising for KFC.

Here's a photo of the original Double Down.


David Jamieson
01-27-2015, 12:11 PM
This is what she looked like before eating KFC for a whole week ;)


Hey, this is that sexy demon fighter girl from Journey to the west. I can't remember her name though.
If she was chicken ... Heck, even if she's not chicken! lol

PS, don't tell my wife I am ogling, she gets upset and get's into the KFC.

01-27-2015, 02:33 PM

Probably most remembered in the West for Transporter (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?16895-The-Transporter), but I think of her for Stormriders (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/magazine/article.php?article=115) and So Close (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/article.php?article=481)...and in the 'don't tell my wife' department, Sex and Zen II.

David Jamieson
01-29-2015, 08:22 AM

Probably most remembered in the West for Transporter (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?16895-The-Transporter), but I think of her for Stormriders (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/magazine/article.php?article=115) and So Close (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/article.php?article=481)...and in the 'don't tell my wife' department, Sex and Zen II.

well, she's lovely. :D

02-24-2015, 09:51 AM
Just like the cherry blossoms, KFC potato chips return to Japan this spring! (http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/02/24/just-like-the-cherry-blossoms-kfc-potato-chips-return-to-japan-this-spring/)
Casey Baseel 23 hours ago


Last year, something beautiful came to Japan. It was only here for a short while, but in that time, it left a deep impression on many people, including us here at RocketNews24. And while we were sad to see it go, it’s time to dry our tears, because this spring, it’s coming back again!

So, all excited for cherry blossom season? That’s great, but what we’re actually talking about right here are Kentucky Fried Chicken-flavor potato chips.

Once again, Japanese snack company Calbee is teaming up with the world’s most famous fast food fried chicken outfit. Whereas last year’s version was billed as “Colonel’s Crispy-flavor,” this new batch of fried chicken-inspired fried potato slices emulates the taste of KFC Japan’s honenashi Kentucky paripari umashio, or Boneless Kentucky Crunchy Delicious Salt flavor.

We’re a little puzzled by the “Boneless” part of the product name, since we don’t recall any bone-like flavors in the KFC chips we tried last year. In more specific terms, Calbee says the chips draw out the natural deliciousness of chicken with a simple mixture of salt and pepper, so you can be assured that they make use of at least those two of Colonel Sanders’ 11 herbs and spices.

In a rarity for Japanese snack foods, Calbee is leaving pricing up to individual retailers. The larger, 83-gram bags are available exclusively at Japanese convenience stores starting March 2. A smaller 58-gram bag will go on sale March 16, and both packages will include a coupon for a discount on an order of Boneless Kentucky Crunchy Delicious Salt chicken at KFC locations in Japan, in case munching on the chips has you craving the real deal.

In another similarity to the cherry blossoms, though, the new KFC chips will be gone come mid-April, so if you’re planning to pair them with some Kentucky bourbon, you might want to check now to make sure you have ice in the freezer.

▼ Unless you’re planning to drink straight from the bottle

Source: Entabe via Peachy, Hachima Kiko
Top image: Calbee
Insert image: RocketNews24

Why does KFC get its own thread here? bawang? :confused:

03-04-2015, 10:47 AM
...because if any Colorado Fast Food chain started selling weed, it would be Taco Bell first. ;)

Sorry, KFC isn't going to be selling weed in Colorado restaurants (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/sorry-kfc-isnt-going-to-be-selling-weed-in-colorado-restaurants-10084253.html)


At least not anytime soon
CHRISTOPHER HOOTON Wednesday 04 March 2015

The internet has been salivating at the prospect of getting stoned and eating fried chicken this week, after reports circulated that KFC is to become a marijuana dispensary as well as a restaurant.

A story on Racket Report claimed that with tax revenue from sales of the drug being so high in Colorado, KFC wanted a piece of the action, with the added benefit that its chicken would see a boost in sales thanks to the munchies.

It looks to be false for several reasons however:

- Racket Report has carried a lot of hoax stories in the past

- KFC hasn't mentioned marijuana on its official news page

- Marijuana sales are currently cash only which would make things tricky for the chain

- Marijuana is still in somewhat of a legal grey area and probably not crystal clear enough for a giant brand to start slinging it

- KFC doesn't even sell alcohol, so they'd really be jumping in at the deep end A mock-up of how a KFC dispensary might look on Racket Report

While weed might not be hitting KFC any time soon, with sweeping legalisation in the US this sort of thing is inevitable.

Only yesterday, Ben & Jerry's said they'd be up for creating cannabis-infused ice-cream once it's completely legal.

Update: KFC confirmed it. Not happening.

05-21-2015, 10:23 AM
KFC Japan adds more breast to their chicken with ‘sexy’ new LINE character (http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/05/21/kfc-japan-adds-more-breast-to-their-chicken-with-sexy-new-line-character/)
8 hours ago


We all know Japan likes to have a character for just about everything, and we also know the country has a long history of sexualizing things that really don’t need to be. So KFC Japan’s new mascot character of a sexy anthropomorphized chicken with huge boobs should surprise no one. And yet, I confess myself surprised. Or maybe creeped out is a better way of putting it.

The character is promoting KFC Japan’s new boneless chicken pieces and is part of a set of free stamps for the popular messaging app LINE which can also be used as coupons at the fast-food restaurant.


As you can see, the booby chicken is the main star, but there’s also a male chicken character—with a bone, naturally—and a very pervy-looking cartoon Colonel Sanders.


The characters even have a whole backstory. The male hunk of meat is Momofu (roughly “thigh guy”), while she’s Muneko (“breast girl”). Apparently, they are a newly married couple. He proposed to her with a manly hone-don (a play on the kabe-don meme using the word “hone” or “bone”) and she keeps things hot and heavy with her sweet sayings and poses.

I’m not sure there could be anything more wrong with this, unless they wanted to add a touch of cannibalism by having Momofu and Muneko themselves chow down on some KFC. But then again, the campaign has just started, so maybe that’s down the line. And it wouldn’t really surprise me either.

I find it rather disturbing. It'll probably give me nightmares. :o

05-22-2015, 05:50 PM
Did anybody else ever see this movie. slap-stick comedy. late 70's/ maybe early 80's. some short clips-



zinc oxide skit-


06-02-2015, 01:01 PM
KFC sues 3 Chinese companies over '8-legged chicken' rumors (http://shanghaiist.com/2015/06/02/kfc_sues_3_chinese_companies_over_8.php)


Fast food operator KFC is demanding 1.5 million yuan in compensation from three Chinese companies accused of spreading false information about its food through social media.

One of the most damaging and disgusting of these claims is that the chickens used in Colonel Sanders' greasy buckets o' meat are genetically modified to have six wings and eight legs, KFC said in an announcement posted to its website. Obviously, the company has denied this.

Shenzhen-based Yingchenanzhi Success & Culture Communication Ltd., Shanxi Weilukuang Technology Company Ltd. and Taiyuan Zero Point Technology Company have all been accused of spreading the rumors through WeChat, and Shanghai Xuhui District People's Court will be taking on the case against them, Associated Press reports. Aside from the 1.5 million yuan, KFC is asking that all three companies make an apology... and mean it, **** it!

Similar rumors about KFC's "mutant chickens" surface on US social media sites every so often and are continually disproven.

Still, the company has seen no shortage of scandal, especially in China. Yum! Brands, the company behind KFC and Pizza Hut, is still doing damage control after 2012 reports about the eateries purchasing chickens pumped with antibiotics and unapproved growth hormones. Last year's expired meat controversy didn't help matters at all.

And let's not forget about this little incident (not really a nationwide scandal—we just like to gross you out).

Fortunately for the company, this is China, where you can get 16-year-old teenagers detained for spreading all the other "inaccurate" information online.

8 legged chickens - the ultimate GMO

06-17-2015, 10:16 AM
Can I get all white meat on that?

Horrified Man Finds ‘Deep Fried Rat’ In His KFC Bucket (http://www.unilad.co.uk/articles/horrified-man-finds-deep-fried-rat-in-his-kfc-bucket/)
BY : SAM RIDGWAY | 17 JUNE 2015 |

Devories Dixon
A man from California was horrified when he sat down to eat his KFC takeaway and discovered what he thought to be a ‘deep fried rat’.

Devorise Dixon was tucking into a box meal in Wilmington, California, when he realised that one of his breaded chicken pieces had a ‘tail’ and looked somewhat like a rodent.

At first, he thought it was just a strangely shaped bit of chicken, but on further inspection, he believed it to be a genuine rat.

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/p320x320/11391387_956577071075092_2656187410188904520_n.jpg ?oh=11aee91ed970e7503160f8a8ec219ae1&oe=56244E57

Speaking to the Mirror, KFC bosses stated that no evidence was found to support Dixon’s claims, but did not confirm exactly what the food was.

Dixon took the above photos and posted them on his social media, before bagging up the ‘rodent’ and putting it in his freezer.

Devories Dixon

Speaking about the incident, a KFC spokesperson said:

This happened in the US and, following an immediate investigation, no evidence was found to support this claim.

Food safety is our highest priority worldwide and we take allegations of this nature extremely seriously.

Whether it’s a rat, or just some unfortunately shaped chicken, I think I’ll be swerving the fried variety for a short while.

06-18-2015, 10:13 AM
i had uighur serve me rat kabab and that is just a piece of chicken.


06-23-2015, 05:56 PM
Turns out it was chicken after all.

Mystery of the rat-shaped KFC chicken is solved: It's a bird (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-kfc-rat-chicken-20150622-story.html)
Customer say KFC served me 'finger lickin' rat

A Los Angeles man says KFC served him a fried rat. KFC says it's a hoax.
By Veronica Rocha

Independent lab test shows 'finger-lickin' rat' was actually a piece of chicken
That rat-shaped piece of chicken is most definitely chicken meat, KFC says
KFC is asking for an apology after man claims fried piece of chicken was a rat

A now-viral photo of a piece of KFC chicken that resembled a crispy, fried rat drew skeptics and shocked others on social media.

Many wondered if it was a golden piece of chicken or a fried rat, as Los Angeles resident Devorise Dixon claimed.

The photo showed a large rat-shaped piece of chicken attached to a longer string of fried breading, appearing to be a tail.

Now the results are in.

A third-party independent lab tested the suspicious meal and determined it was undoubtedly a piece of hand-breaded chicken–an assertion KFC stood firm on.
Man claims he got served fried rat at KFC

KFC says Los Angeles man's claim that he was served a fried rat at a KFC restaurant is a hoax. (KFC)

KFC is now sorta asking for an apology.


“The right thing for this customer to do is to apologize and cease making false claims about the KFC brand,” KFC said.

It’s unclear whether Dixon will apologize or move forward with any legal action. Dixon retained an attorney, who agreed to turn over the piece of chicken to the lab, KFC said.

Dixon, they said, has refused to communicate directly with KFC officials.

On June 12, Dixon posted the photo on Facebook, and within hours an investigation was launched.

Dixon claimed to have purchased the meal at a KFC at Wilmington Avenue and 120th Street, but the restaurant owner said security video doesn’t show him as an actual customer.

From the beginning, KFC said Dixon’s claim was a hoax.

On Wednesday, the company released a photograph showing various angles of the chicken. It appears a bite was taken from the rat-shaped piece, exposing white meat.

But Dixon said last week he knows what he bit into.

“Honestly, it doesn’t matter what others think I know what I bit into and what it looks like never in life have .. seen a chicken strip with a long tail,” he wrote.

07-02-2015, 04:14 PM
Doug Young
I follow technology, media and telecoms companies in China.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

7/01/2015 @ 9:05AM 523 views
McDonald's, KFC Go High-Tech In China With Customization, E-Payments (http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougyoung/2015/07/01/mcdonalds-kfc-go-high-tech-in-china-with-customization-e-payments/)

Bottom line: KFC’s and McDonald’s latest moves to add high-tech elements to their China stores are a savvy way to update their images, and could help to attract a younger trendy crowd that has abandoned both chains in recent years.

Leading global fast food chains McDonald’s and KFC are both in the headlines as we head into the heart of summer, each trying new high-tech approaches to reignite their faltering China stories. Announcement of these latest initiatives seems especially appropriate right now, as we’re approaching the first anniversary of a food safety scandal that dealt a major blow to both chains in China.

KFC’s deal will see it pair up with Alibaba to offer its affiliated Alipay electronic payments service at hundreds of its China stores. The McDonald’s news is similarly high-tech, and will see the chain extend its new state-of-the-art hamburger customization program to the China market.

Both initiatives are aimed at breathing new life into these 2 chains that were early pioneers in China’s restaurant scene but have lately become stale due to the entry of many younger, trendier brands to the market. Both KFC and McDonald’s were already struggling when they suffered a major setback last July after an investigative report showed one their main suppliers regularly sold meat that was past its expiration date. (previous post)

The pair had each separately launched a major re-branding campaign even before that scandal, and these latest moves look like extensions of that overhaul. Let’s begin with KFC, whose alliance with China’s leading e-commerce company should help to win the company new customers among the millions of users of Alipay, a Chinese equivalent of PayPal.

According to the reports, the alliance has seen KFC recently start to accept Alipay for electronic payments at 700 of its stores in Shanghai and nearby Zhejiang province. It plans to extend the program to the rest of its 4,500 China stores nationwide, as part of a campaign by both partners to build up their online-to-offline (O2O) businesses that brings together traditional retailers and Internet-based service providers.

In another prong of its high-tech push, KFC said it already has rolled out wi-fi in 2,200 of its China stores, and 500 stores now have an online menu app. This kind of overhaul looks smart, and should appeal to the new generation of online-savvy young Chinese consumers. KFC’s China restaurants are expected to return to same-store sales growth this year after a long period of declines, and these kinds of steps might be the medicine it needs to sustain that growth over the longer term.

Have It Your Way, High-Tech

Next let’s look at McDonald’s, which is preparing to roll out its “Create Your Taste” program in China that lets customers customize their hamburgers with the condiments they want. McDonald’s launched the program in the US on a trial basis, and has been expanding it aggressively there since late last year. The program is decidedly high tech by allowing customers to use kiosks to customize their burgers, in another variation of the O2O drive to be trendier and more gadgety.

McDonald’s will take a slow approach in China with the concept, which will be limited this year to a pilot program of 3 stores in Shanghai and one in the southern city of Guangzhou, according to a company executive. The program will be expanded next year to the cities of Beijing and Shenzhen, though the pace of expansion will be determined based on results of the pilot program.

The fact that McDonald’s is moving the program so quickly to China reflects the importance of the market, which will become only the company’s 6th worldwide to trial the program. Like the KFC tie-up, this program also looks like a savvy move with high-tech overtones that could help McDonald’s start to regain some of the momentum it has lost in China over the last few years.

I seldom visit either McDonald’s or KFC in China anymore, partly because I’ve become more health conscious, and also for the same reasons that many Chinese consumers have abandoned them. But I’ll admit that many of these initiative are piquing my curiosity and tempting me to return, which could bode well for both chains’ turnaround prospects if Chinese consumers feel similarly.

Doug Young is a former China company news chief for Reuters who teaches financial journalism at Fudan University in Shanghai. To read more of his commentaries on China tech news, click on www.youngchinabiz.com.

For more on Alibaba, see Jet-Li-s-TaijiZen-International-Cultural-Development-Company (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?65314-Jet-Li-s-TaijiZen-International-Cultural-Development-Company)

08-13-2015, 08:28 AM
Osaka fried chicken is sibling devourin’ good, implies morbidly funny ad (http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/08/12/osaka-fried-chicken-is-sibling-devourin-good-implies-morbidly-funny-ad/)
Casey Baseel
2 days ago


Japanese culture has more or less made peace with the fact that the things we eat used to be alive. Part of the reason people in Japan say itadakimasu, literally “I will receive,” at the start of a meal is to verbalize their gratitude for receiving the life of the ingredients that make up the dishes. Sashimi that’s served still moving is considered a delicacy, because what’s fresher than seafood that’s arguable not even entirely dead?

Still, even Japan generally has limits of how much it wants to imagine the former life of the tasty morsels it’s dining on, which is why one startling fried chicken advertisement is drawing a mixture of gasps and chuckles.

The two things the citizens of Osaka are best known for are their passion for business and boisterous comedic sense. Both of those come together in this ad spotted in the city for Nambanaka Fried Chicken.

The photograph of two chicks staring at a piece of fried bird might seem like gallows humor enough, but the real gist of the joke is in their dialogue.

Chick 1: “Huh, is that you, Big Bro?”
Chick 2: “Yup, that’s totally him.”

Making things even more awkwardly morbid is the fact that the price quoted on the poster, 480 yen (US$3.80), is for three pieces, which seems to imply the two younger siblings are the prime candidates for the rest of the package.


On the other hand, the poster does confidently assure us that this fried chicken is “THE BEST,” so maybe it’s time to toss sympathy to the wind and chow down.

▼ Nambanaka Fried Chicken – It’s family devourin’ good!


I love how Nambanaka mimics the Colonel's style

08-20-2015, 09:55 AM


10-07-2015, 09:59 AM
Kentucky Fried Chicken becomes Kentucky Fried Salmon with Japan-only seasonal specials (http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/10/06/kentucky-fried-chicken-becomes-kentucky-fried-salmon-in-limited-time-offer-from-kfc-japan/)
KK Miller 2 days ago


Every season brings with it a different set of delicious food offerings, and no country seems to take advantage of that fact more than Japan, where supermarkets aisles are always adorned with special seasonal displays in order to entice shoppers and capitalize on the time of year. For those of us who live in areas where you can buy pretty much any food item at any time, you might find the idea of seasonal products to be a bit strange, but restaurants all over Japan take advantage of the seasons to lure in customers.

This fall, KFC in Japan is trying something a little bit different. If the idea of fried Hokkaido salmon has you salivating, you might want to head down to KFC to see what the Colonel has to offer.

KFC in Japan doesn’t want you to think the only thing they do is chicken. In fact, they’re welcoming in the new season with two brand new menu items that salmon lovers are sure to enjoy.

The first new seasonal addition is a fillet of fried salmon in breadcrumbs which will set you back 230 yen (about US$2) a pop. It’s coated with delicious panko bread crumbs, making it different from most other fried salmon you might have tried in Japan—breaded this way, the outside is wonderfully crunchy while the salmon inside is still soft and tender. Topped with a little tartar sauce, you have a wonderful fall snack. It’s kind of like a half-size, Japanese version of fish and chips!


The second new menu item is a fried salmon sandwich (390 yen/about $3.25) that will surely beat any other fish sandwich offered by other fast food chains. This tasty treat uses the same panko breaded salmon as the salmon fillet, but offers it sandwiched between a pair of extremely soft white buns. It’s dressed with what they’re calling “western-style condiments” which consist of basil sauce, tartar sauce and finally lettuce—we’ve been chops-on and can safely say that the combination is genuinely delicious.


These delightful salmon goodies will likely only be available during the fall season. With the weather being as fickle as it is, you can never tell when the first snowfall that marks the beginning of winter will arrive, so be sure to grab one of these salmon eats at your local KFC before they swim away, up the river.


Photos © RocketNews24
[ Read in Japanese ]
I would totally try this. If only I was in Japan....

11-03-2015, 03:34 PM
Fight over fried chicken turns fatal in W. Houston (http://www.sfgate.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Fight-over-fried-chicken-turns-fatal-in-W-Houston-6602725.php?cmpid=fb-desktop)
By Jennifer Radcliffe Updated 6:55 am, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A roommates' fight over fried chicken turned deadly Friday night in a west Houston apartment, police said. Photo: Metro Video

A roommates' fight over fried chicken turned deadly Friday night in a west Houston apartment, police said.

Houston police found a man later identified as Darwin Perez Gonzalez, 34, lying dead around 11:30 p.m. outside near the entrance to the Monte Carlo Apartment Homes on Lakewood Estates Drive.

Several witnesses saw the fight, which started between Gonzales and roommate Reinaldo Cardoso Rivera, 38, over the last piece of homemade fried chicken, a drumstick. They went outside to fight over the chicken, and that's when Rivera allegedly stabbed Gonzalez with a steak knife.

Four or five Cuban men live in the apartment, police said.

"There was a single drumstick in the pan," according to HPD Homicide Detective Fil Waters. "You can't script this stuff. It's someone getting killed over a piece of chicken. Pretty tragic."

The suspect fled the scene, but returned and was arrested around 4 a.m., Waters said.

What goes on in Houston nowadays?

11-04-2015, 09:10 AM
I deem this double post (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?39801-Shaolin-in-commercials&p=1288453#post1288453) worthy.


11-11-2015, 02:35 PM
Oh DC. At what price? :rolleyes:


KENTUCKY FRIED COMICS (http://www.kfc.com/comic)

Watch Colonel Sanders & the Flash team up to fight evil The Hard Way in a new comic book from DC Comics! Read it and then check out more of the Colonel’s adventures at colonelsanders.com.

12-10-2015, 11:04 AM
I'm sure the Dalai Lama is tickled about this one.

Yum Brands will open Tibet's first ever KFC next year in downtown Lhasa (http://shanghaiist.com/2015/12/10/kfc_in_tibet.php)


Fast food monsters Yum Brands have no plans to simmer down. Despite various controversies and subsequent sales slippages, the corporation plans to expand in the Chinese market next year. The first step is to open the very first KFC restaurant in Tibet.
The company's ambitions are to nab more franchise partners and triple their restaurant numbers in China to 20,000 units. Among these will be the brand spanking new KFC joint in the middle of the Tibet Autonomous Region capital of Lhasa, expected to be in operation in the first half of next year.
The exact location of the seminal fast food establishment has not yet been announced, though we think it should be able to blend right in within the Jokhang.


However, this won't be the first attempt, back in 2004 similar plans were halted on the grounds of KFC not being "economically feasible" in Tibet. However, since then Tibet has entered its "Golden Age," so they are obviously raring to take another stab.

Contact the author of this article or email tips@shanghaiist.com with further questions, comments or tips.
By Shanghaiist in News on Dec 10, 2015 6:30 PM

01-18-2016, 09:21 AM
I'm beginning to think this thread is our best China barometer. :rolleyes:

China is no longer a complete nightmare for KFC (http://qz.com/594844/china-is-no-longer-a-complete-nightmare-for-kfc/)

Oh hey. (Reuters / Aly Song)

WRITTEN BY Alison Griswold January 16, 2016

China has been a very sore spot for KFC since the third quarter of 2014, when sales plunged 14% due to a tainted meat scare.
But earlier this week, the fast-food chicken chain had a sliver of good news to share: same-store sales in China grew 6% in the latest quarter. They fell 8% at sister chain Pizza Hut there, but overall the results were still positive enough to boost parent company Yum Brand’s China division by 2%.


In October, Yum announced plans to spin off its China division as a separate publicly traded company. The spinoff is designed to insulate Yum from the economic turbulence that’s plagued its China brand. The decision was also announced five days after an activist investor who had suggested a Yum China separation joined the company’s board. About three quarters of Yum’s China profits came from KFC in 2015, and one quarter from Pizza Hut, according to Yum.

At an investor conference in December, executives said Yum’s China units, which currently number 7,000, could grow threefold. “The investment thesis is high growth, pure play, on what we believe is the growth in the China consuming class,” said Greg Creed, Yum’s CEO. Micky Pant, CEO of Yum’s China division, called KFC “an integral part of life.”

Even with the latest positive results, though, there are some big catches to those rosy statements.

First, Yum’s recent history in China is checkered at best. When the tainted meat scandal hit in 2014, Yum had just recovered from another steep dive tied to Avian flu and and problems with one of its chicken suppliers. For a long time, KFC benefitted in China from the perception that its US-branded restaurants were cleaner and safer than local options. Repeated food safety incidents have eroded that advantage.

Second, it’s unclear how good Yum’s outlook with Chinese consumers actually is. Yum’s share of fast food in China fell 1.6 percentage points from 2012 to 2014, according to data from Euromonitor, even as the market itself grew by about $19 billion. McDonald’s, the second-biggest fast-food brand in China after Yum, also lost share from 2013 to 2014. One theory for that decline is China’s aging population—“a demographic that doesn’t tend to buy a lot of chicken nuggets,” as Bloomberg View’s Adam Minter put it in October.


Third and finally, China is attempting to transition from a manufacturing-driven economy to a consumer-based one, and it’s been rocky, to put it kindly. Markets are perilously low after a new bout of turbulence that began last week. When Yum’s same-store sales in China fell 10% over the summer, the company chalked it up to “tremendous unprecedented economic events.” But such events are becoming all too common in China.

02-03-2016, 03:29 PM
KFC China Triumphs in Lawsuit Over Mutant Chicken Rumors (http://www.eater.com/2016/2/3/10906152/kfc-china-lawsuit-mutant-chicken)
by Dana Hatic Feb 3, 2016, 3:30p @DanaHatic


The chicken chain received nearly $100,000 from three companies who spread the false allegations.

Three Chinese tech firms were slammed with fines this week after a court determined they spread damaging rumors about KFC on social media, according to Reuters. The companies were ordered to pay a combined $91,191 and issue an apology for circulating allegations that Yum Brands chicken chain KFC had served genetically modified chickens with "six wings and eight legs."

The original claim against the companies, filed in the Shanghai Xuhui District People's court, said the defamatory messages that circulated social media had damaged KFC's reputation and business.

The lawsuit arose in the midst of concerns over food safety in China, and the resolution comes just days after 10 people were jailed for an incident back in July where KFC, McDonald's, and several other chains unknowingly purchased expired meat from a supplier. KFC is now fighting to redeem itself from these debacles and restore its reputation across its 4,600 restaurants in China.

While KFC asserts it was definitely not serving so-called "mutant chicken" in China, perhaps the idea isn't so far-fetched: After all, the company did once imagine a future in which chicken had no bones.

Nevertheless, it's been really bothering me that KFC is now offering Nashville Hot Chicken. Nashville ain't in Kentucky. It's in Tennessee, same state as Tiger Claw (https://www.tigerclaw.com/home.php)'s east coast branch.

AUTHENTICALLY NASHVILLE! ALSO AUTHENTICALLY HOT. ALSO AUTHENTICALLY CHICKEN. (http://www.kfc.com/menu/promotions/nashville-hot-bone-in-chicken)

Get that flavorful, spicy, smoky Nashville Hot Chicken. Now with pickles! It’s finger lickin’ hot! (The chicken, not the pickles. The pickles are more like soothing lozenges for your mouth.)

Try our Nashville Hot Tenders also!

02-04-2016, 10:32 AM
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
KFC CHINA BOOSTS YUM! BRANDS’ SALES — DESPITE HISTORY OF POOR PERFORMANCE (http://www.inquisitr.com/2764840/kfc-china-boosts-yum-brands-sales-despite-history-of-poor-performance/#utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+google%2FyDYq+%28The+Inquisit r+-+News%29)

KFC China has boosted Yum Brands Inc.’s (conglomerate behind KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) sales worldwide by adding 6 percent to their totals, as shown by the business’ fourth quarter reports.

Yum! also Tweeted about their accomplishment

Yum! Brands (https://twitter.com/yumbrands/status/695001843399675905?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw) Verified account
$YUM Reports Fourth-Quarter EPS Growth of 11%, Excluding Special Items: http://www.yum.com/investors/financialinformation.asp …
1:52 PM - 3 Feb 2016

Business analysts only averaged Yum’s sales in China to increase just 1.9 percent, according to research firm, Consensus Metrix. According to Reuters, these statistics mean that Yum has earned $0.68 per share surpassing the initial estimates of $0.66 cents because of KFC China.

This significant boost of the KFC performance in China comes to Yum as a surprise. This past October, the business had planed to severe business ties in China due to the prevalent food scandals and marketing marketing errors.

Some of which garnered a substantial amount of negative press and the unwanted attention from activists and shareholders. CEO of Yum and KFC China, Greg Creed, blatantly disowned the Chinese franchises, while under fire.

“We are on track to complete the spin-off of our China Division.”

The Inquisitr reported on one of these instances in 2014 where a patron at a KFC in China discovered wriggling white worms in her Chicken.

After already consuming half a bucket of KFC chicken in China, disgusted customer Liu Tsai found tiny white maggots embedded into the piece of chicken.

She then called the KFC in China to dispute her unfortunate finding, only to be offered a free KFC combo meal as a condolence gift for her grief.

“I felt sick, and the last thing I wanted to do was eat another chicken meal from KFC.”


Worm-infused chicken aside, Business Insider reported on the details of KFC China’s downward spiral as a business. The news site stated that KFC China’s sales were so bad that it is actually weighing down the rest of Yum brands, as sales in the U.S. were not rising either.

KFC China’s have been sinking over the last three year by a total of 10 percent, BI added.

Chinese KFC’s have also been guilty of using expired meat supplied by a Shanghai, China, butchering company. The Shanghai supplier had to shut down as a result, which further hurt U.S. Yum companies as well, Business Insider also reports.

Chinese officers destroying contaminated meat [Photo via Getty Images/China Photos]

KFC China seemed to be on its way towards spinning off the company and cutting employee hours amid all of their storied occurrences of poor management, and food safety issues.

And investors weren’t happy with the company’s hesitance to immediately begin withdrawing from the country either. But perhaps having some patience has paid off for Yum CEO Greg Creed because now KFC China reportedly has a net income of $275 million, or $0.63 per share, in their latest quarter, Reuters writes.

Last year the company lost $86 million, which equates to 20 cents per share.

So how did KFC China pull off such a feat?

No one can say for sure, but perhaps their recent lawsuit that they won against three Chinese tech firms helped with their struggle.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a Shanghai court has fined the tech firms for spreading rumors about KFC China using “mutant chicken” for their product. The firms doctored photos of deformed chickens with multiple wings and legs.

The attack was considered to have damaged KFC China’s already fragile reputation causing them even more economic loss by allowing images of the deformed chickens to be posted on their social messaging accounts, SMH reports.

KFC China filed suit against the companies themselves demanding a payout of 1.5 million yuan for the libelous attacks. Instead they rewarded 600,000 yuan ordered by the Shanghai court.

Nevertheless, KFC China was still pleased with the outcome of the case.

“We brought suit against these individuals for making false statements about the quality of our food and we are pleased with the outcome,” China-based Yum spokeswoman for KFC Cindy Wei said.

How do you think KFC China managed to exponentially increase their sales so much, so fast?

[Image via Shutterstock/testing]

Fascinating story actually.

02-05-2016, 01:06 PM
...this thread has been so active this week.

KFC comes under fire after customer allegedly finds lung inside fried chicken
By Tyler White Updated 8:06 am, Friday, February 5, 2016

Kentucky Fried Chicken is coming under scrutiny by some after photos show an organ, possibly a lung, being found in a chewed up piece of chicken breast in Australia, according to media reports.
Marc Nicholls, 30, bought the three-piece meal from a KFC in Labrador, Queenland, Australia, according to Metro. When he took a bite out of one of the chicken breasts, he discovered some type of organ inside the piece and was revolted by his discovery, according to media reports.

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This customer found a lung in his KFC http://yhoo.it/1TGmL8B
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“It was disgusting, it was absolutely vile,” he told the Daily Mail Australia. “I pulled a piece off [of the breast], then found that and spat the rest out.”
The meal came with two wings and a chicken breast.
He alerted staff at the restaurant to the gross discovery, and they did not initially offer him a refund, he told the Daily Mail.
A KFC spokesman told the Daily Mail the piece of flesh was likely a chicken lung or kidney that wasn’t removed during the food preparation process.
Nicholls said he won’t be going to KFC again.
This isn’t the first time KFC has had claims brought against them of nasty finds in their food.
A woman in England allegedly found uncooked giblets and entrails inside one of her Zingers, which can be seen here.
Twitter: @tylerlwhite

02-11-2016, 05:27 PM
I really don't think you'll get any if you adopt this strategy for Valentines. :rolleyes:

KFC is trialling romantic date night table service for Valentine’s Day (http://metro.co.uk/2016/02/11/kfc-is-trialling-romantic-date-night-table-service-for-valentines-day-5673287/)
Alison Lynch for Metro.co.uk Thursday 11 Feb 2016 12:05 am

KFC is trialling date-night table service for Valentine's Day

I recommend the Pepsi to go with your 10-piece bucket sir (Picture: Jon Super/PA Wire)

If you’re worried that a bargain bucket with a side of BBQ beans and corn-on-the-cob isn’t going to get you the brownie points you need this Valentine’s Day, don’t worry, KFC have got your back.

This Valentine’s Day, KFC are trialling a date-night table service, with a view to rolling it out nationwide next year.

The date-night ‘experience’ includes linen napkins, flowers, a silver candelabra, table service (with your bucket served on a little raised stand) and even your very own soft drink sommelier to recommend the perfect soft drink to go with your choice of sides.

You can feel the chemistry (Picture: Jon Super/PA Wire)

The initial trial will take place at the Fishergate branch in Preston, Lancashire, officially KFC’s most romantic UK restaurant.

True story.

Not only was Fishergate the first branch of KFC to open in the UK – it has also played a key part in the love story of Bob and Pat Fogg, who’ve been married over 50 years. Bob and Pat met over a bucket of Colonel Sanders’ finest in 1965 and have enjoyed a date night at the restaurant every week since.

KFC believe their romantic table service for two offering will attract couples who prefer a low-key Valentine’s (38 per cent of Brits apparently).

Presenting the bucket (Picture: Jon Super/PA Wire)

And, with the average Brit spending just £13 on their other halves on Valentine’s Day (we’re a romantic bunch), the KFC date night is bang on budget.

Who wants a bouquet when you could have a Bargain Bucket?

02-11-2016, 07:40 PM
I really don't think you'll get any if you adopt this strategy for Valentines. :rolleyes:

Might be a fun gimmick if the customers are 15 years old :)

03-16-2016, 04:12 PM
KFC Becomes First American Fast Food Chain to Enter Tibet (http://www.thedailymeal.com/travel/kfc-becomes-first-american-fast-food-chain-enter-tibet/031616)
The first KFC in Tibet is decorated with local motifs, including a picture of the Potala Palace, the home of the Dalai Lama
Mar 16, 2016 | 1:52 pm
By Karen Lo Staff Writer

Emilio100 / Shutterstock.com
The restaurant is expected to serve an average of 1,000 customers a day.

Beating out industry giants like McDonald’s and Taco Bell, KFC is now the first Western fast food company to open a branch in Tibet, the area between China and India that for decades has battled mainland China for its own sovereignty.

More than 1,000 customers showed up during KFC’s first day of service in Lhasa, the region’s administrative capital. According to China Daily, local children posed for pictures outside the restaurant, and the location is already expected to serve an average of 1,000 customers every day.

Because restaurant items, including frozen chicken, must be flown in from a neighboring province, menu prices at the Tibet KFC are higher than those in mainland China.

In a nod to its surroundings, this particular KFC features design elements like an image of the Potala Palace, once the chief residence of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet. Since China’s exile of the 14th Dalai Lama, the palace has been turned into a museum.

The new restaurant is expected to appeal to appeal to Western tourists, an estimated 30 million of whom will visit Tibet by 2020. The restaurant will employ an even number of local, ethnic Tibetans to non-Tibetans, according to manager Yu Zhengqing.

I wonder if you can get yak butter for your biscuits. :confused:

03-17-2016, 11:03 AM
Forget chocolate and strawberry – Japan now has fried chicken-flavored ice cream (http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/03/17/forget-chocolate-and-strawberry-japan-now-has-fried-chicken-flavored-ice-cream/)
Casey Baseel yesterday


What else would you expect to be on the dessert menu at the Fried Chicken Festival?

It’s hard to overstate how great karaage, Japanese-style fried chicken, is. Not only is it usually seasoned with a mouth-watering mixture of garlic and ginger, it’s cut into boneless, bite-sized morsels so that you can chow down with gusto or easily nibble away while enjoying an ice cold beer.

Yes, karaage is always a welcome addition to any meal, which is why not only do some restauranteurs offer it in limitless portions, but there’s also a traveling food festival, Karaage Festival, specifically dedicated to Japan’s favorite fried bird. The next Karaage Festival is coming up at the start of next month, with the city of Fukuoka, on the southern island of Kyushu, acting as host.


Representatives from over two dozen karaage restaurants from across Japan will be on hand, cooking up their personal take on the dish. But while standard fried chicken is the main draw, there’s room for a bit of variation. For example, some stalls will also be selling chicken wings, and two particularly inventive chefs will even be serving karaage ramen, billed as “The Ultimate Combination,” and karaage made not from the standard chicken, but from ostrich.


But by far the most shocking dining option at Karaage Festival in Fukuoka is shown in the picture below.

▼ And no, the event isn’t serving deep-fried girls.


That swirl of golden brown soft serve, with a hue just like fried chicken breading, is karaage ice cream. Startling as the concept is, it might just be crazy enough to work. Many karaage recipes impart a sweet finish to the chicken, and salty ice cream, such as the sea salt flavor we had biking across Japan’s Inland Sea, is tasty and refreshing.

Still, the text that accompanies the photo translates as “Karaage soft serve ice cream!? You’ve got to take on this challenge!”, which makes us think the fried chicken ice cream may be more novelty than delicacy, like the ramen ice creams we went two rounds with. If you’re up for the challenge, though, Karaage Festival in Fukuoka will be held on April 2 and 3 in Fukuoka Prefecture’s Noogata City.

Event information
Karaage Festival in Fukuoka / からあげフェスティバルin福岡
Address: Fukuoka-ken, Noogata-shi, Yunohara 2-11, Aeon Mall Noogata
福岡県直方市湯野原2丁目1-1 イオンモール直方
April 2-3, 10:30 a.m.0 5 p.m.

Follow Casey on Twitter to keep up-to-date on all the karaage knowledge you need to impress your boss or romantic partner.

Source: IT Media
Images: Karaage Festival (edited by RocketNews24)

I don't eat fried chicken or ice cream anymore. So is it just me that finds this unappealing? :confused:

05-05-2016, 08:23 AM
KFC, With New Nail Polish, Redefines Chicken Fingers (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/06/world/asia/kfc-chicken-nail-polish.html?_r=0)

The fried chicken maker’s campaign in Hong Kong is intended “to remind the younger generation” of “the great taste and good times the brand stands for,” one advertising executive said. Credit Ogilvy & Mather for KFC

HONG KONG — Assume, for the sake of argument, that KFC’s fried chicken is, as advertised, “finger lickin’ good.”

Would you really want it to remain on your fingers? Indefinitely?

These are just two of the salient questions raised by the chicken chain’s new Hong Kong marketing campaign, in which it is offering lickable, edible fingernail polish in two flavors: Original, and Hot and Spicy.

“Yes, it is actually a real thing,” said Anna Mugglestone, marketing and communications director for Ogilvy & Mather Group in Hong Kong, the agency running the campaign. “I tried it myself in the office when they were doing testing.”

And, as you might expect...

“It tastes like chicken,” she said. “It’s crazy. I don’t know how they do it.”

A more logical question would be why.

Ms. Mugglestone said the nail polish was a way “to remind the younger generation” of “the great taste and good times the brand stands for.”

The polish is made in conjunction with McCormick & Company, which produces the spices for KFC’s chicken. It has yet to be mass produced but could be available in the second half of this year.

KFC is asking Hong Kong customers which flavor they would prefer. “Neither” apparently is not an option.

Ms. Mugglestone said there has been “vast interest” in the polish, but comments online ranged from skeptical to harsh.

“Gross/intriguing,” the fashion and lifestyle website Racked.com tweeted.

“Original is actually pretty cute for spring,” Glamour.com wrote, “if, you know, it didn’t taste like fried chicken.”

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Would it be a violation of my Buddhist vows if I licked the fingernails of some KFC manicured sword hottie (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?41007-Sword-hotties)?

just wonderin... :confused:

05-05-2016, 08:52 AM
I can't imagine it would be all that sexy to make out with a woman who makes me think of chicken.

*Edited for clarification*

07-20-2016, 02:33 PM
Chinese state media calls for more 'rational patriotism' as KFC protests spread to a dozen cities (http://shanghaiist.com/2016/07/20/kfc_protest_crackdown.php)


Various editorials published yesterday and today in state media newspapers have slammed the recent protests in China against American brands like KFC and Apple as being "irrational" and "disruptive" -- rather than "patriotic."
Nationalistic sentiments have been running high lately, following the installation of the THADD missile defense system in South Korea and the South China Sea ruling in The Hague. Hostility towards the US has been on the rise as many Chinese citizens believe that the Americans are pulling the string behind said events.
Last week, photos of smashed iPhones went viral on Weibo as some netizens vowed to boycott American goods. Customers on Taobao also started to boycott mangoes imported from the Philippines. In Dalian, a man even went on the attack inside the subway after noticing a fellow commuter sporting a pair of Nike sneakers. Last but not least, protesters across several Chinese cities directed their anti-American sentiments towards KFC. Protests against the American fast food brand have sprung up in at least 12 cities in China.


Some protesters have even taken their campaign against American, Japanese and Korean goods to the streets:

In response to all this fervent nationalism, various state-owned news agencies have dismissed these so-called "patriotic" protests and warned its readers about the potential dangers of radical nationalism. “Any action that promotes national development can rightfully be called patriotic. But so-called 'patriotism' that willfully sacrifices public order will only bring damage to the nation and society,” reads one editorial published by People's Daily.
Xinhua also slammed protesters, pointing out that "destroying the property of your own countryman is not patriotism." Even the Global Times, a nationalist tabloid run by People's Daily, also criticized the protesters in a recent editorial, while cautioning that "a few ridiculous incidents are not representative of Chinese people's patriotic sentiments."
The Chinese government has a history of achieving its political agenda by manipulating nationalism and populism. Large-scale protests broke out in China in 2012 with tens of thousands of angry citizens taking to the streets to protest Japan's claim over the Diaoyu Islands. Many analysts speculated that the protests were organized and permitted by the government as a way to distract people from the ongoing political scandals involving senior politician, Bo Xilai. However, rising populism around the globe and its devastating consequences have alarmed Beijing, pushing them to adopt an agenda that also suppresses nationalism when the time comes.
Since the beginning of 2016, Xinhua and People's Daily have started a wide-ranged campaign to condemn populism politics around the globe. The Global Times has called Donald Trump a "populism devil," while Xinhua has bashed the Brexit movement as a "victory for right-wing extremism." Right after the Hague court's ruling against China's South China Sea claims, Chinese censors began working overtime to control the conversation online. Mostly, they focused on deleting ultra-nationalistic posts that called for war against the Philippines and the US.
Currently, it's unclear how good of a job the government is doing with stamping out radical nationalism and populism among its citizens. It seems that the situation may require more work than just a few editorials.


Which is why the police have been called out to scatter protesters. On Tuesday, one incident between police and protesters turned violent outside a KFC restaurant in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. While shouting "Patriotism is not illegal," a mob of "patriots" attacked one officer who was trying to take away their banners.
State media reports that police from across China are now calling on citizens not to protest or boycott foreign brands in "radical" or "illegal" ways. Looks like they'll soon be stopping by one company headquartered in Zhejiang.

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Does General Tso outrank Colonel Sanders? :p

Did I make that comment here already? :o

08-23-2016, 10:27 AM
This is just wrong.

KFC-scented sunscreen? Fried-chicken lovers grab 2,000 bottles (http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/08/23/curious-flock-kfcs-fried-chicken-scented-sunscreen/89130838/)
Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY 1:20 p.m. EDT August 23, 2016

KFC has introduced a limited edition sunscreen that smells like fried chicken.

(Photo: KFC)

With a little help from fast-food chain KFC, thousands of fried chicken lovers aren't going to find themselves a little extra crispy from laying out in the sun too long this summer.

Some 3,000 tubes of fried chicken-scented sunscreen were snapped up in two hours Monday in a promotion for KFC's extra-crispy recipe, officials said.

You read that right: sun-protection lotion, SPF 30, was scented to smell like fried chicken for the online promotion.

"We think it smells amazing," says KFC spokeswoman Kasey Mathes. "The sunscreen seemed like a natural fit."

The gimmick also dovetailed with KFC's latest TV ad campaign featuring actor George Hamilton, noted for his deep, continuous suntan, as the Extra-Crispy Colonel.

Now, in that spirit, Mathes says many fans around the country who claimed a bottle at a special website can be living the "extra-crispy lifestyle."

08-24-2016, 08:42 AM
Secret recipe for KFC fried chicken (probably) revealed by the Colonel's nephew (http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Recipe-for-KFC-s-fried-chicken-possibly-9180519.php)
Dianne de Guzman Published 5:52 pm, Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Colonel's famous recipe: revealed at last? Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images / 2006 Getty Images
Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

What started as a travel story for the Chicago Tribune has morphed into one of the biggest fast food recipe reveals: the original recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The story of the how the recipe was (literally) placed into a reporter's hands started simply enough. A reporter travelled to the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum and met with Joe Ledington, the nephew of Harland David Sanders (AKA Colonel Sanders).
During the interview, Ledington showed off a family scrapbook with a handwritten recipe for fried chicken included among the family photographs and documents.
The top of the recipe reads "11 Spices — Mix With 2 Cups White Fl."
Wait, 11 herbs and spices in the recipe? Yep. Story checks out.
"That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive," Ledington told the reporter when asked if this was THE recipe.
So, the original Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe has been chillin' this whole time in an old Colonel Sanders family scrapbook?

The recipe reads:
11 spices — Mix with 2 cups white flour
1) 2/3 Ts salt
2) 1/2 Ts thyme
3) 1/2 Ts basil
4) 1/3 Ts oregano
5) 1 Ts celery salt
6) 1 Ts black pepper
7) 1 Ts dried mustard
8) 4 Ts paprika
9) 2 Ts garlic salt
10) 1 Ts ground ginger
11) 3 Ts white pepper

The Tribune's food staff was quick to test the recipe and deduced that the "Ts" measurement is shorthand for tablespoon, not teaspoon. The verdict? The recipe "is the real deal." The only addition the group felt was necessary to add to make it perfect, was MSG — confirmed as an ingredient by a KFC spokesperson.
(Another publication has since declared that the recipe has "too much paprika" to be the KFC recipe, but we'll leave that for the home cooks to judge.)
In a follow-up phone interview, Ledington walked back his earlier statement over the authenticity of the recipe, only saying that he helped make that recipe as a young boy for his uncle.
KFC's parent company, Yum! Brands, didn't confirm the recipe either—because of course they wouldn't—and instead said something to the tune of, "Everyone thinks they know what it is, but they don't."
Now that the recipe is (probably) out there, who's trying it out? We can just picture a free-range, organic version of the KFC recipe being cooked somewhere.

Too much paprika or not enough MSG? :p

08-29-2016, 01:54 PM
What is up with KFC? Must be something in those secret ingredients

Mass brawl: Students throw chairs inside KFC (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11701596)
By Morgan Tait, Ben Hill
Updated less than a minute ago 5:32 PM Monday Aug 29, 2016

There was a number of calls to police shortly after 5pm today when a large group of students started fighting inside the Mangere East KFC on Massey Rd.

Up to 100 students used knives, chairs and pieces of wood in a brawl that spilled from an Auckland street into a KFC restaurant.

Terrified staff locked themselves inside businesses on Massey Rd, Mangere, while others watched in horror as students received injuries bad enough to draw blood.

Five people were arrested by police, who had to send 13 units to subdue the crowds shortly after 5pm today.

Three youths and two adults had been arrested, police said.

A Mangere East KFC employee, who did not wish to be named, said about 30 school students burst into the restaurant.

"It was a really big fight between school students. They came down to our store and started punching a guy.

They just started smashing him.

"They just came in. They picked up chairs and everything."

She said the students were boys and girls, and looked to be under 16. Some appeared to be injured, and were bleeding and covering their faces with their hands, she said.

A large police presence quickly swamped the area, she said.

"The police are taking statements from all of the people around here."

A local employee said the brawl could be the result of a school rivalry. She said the fight was "bloody terrible".

"It must have been two different schools But I don't know which schools because I wasn't going to hang around. I'm only a little person.

"I assume it's a school rivalry.

"It's terrible. It's disgusting. It's freaky. There are a lot of old people walking around here. They could get really frightened ... I'm frightened. I think I'll go the other way home tonight.

"I feel for those workers in there. I wouldn't be surprised if the bloody windows have been smashed."

A police spokesman said four people, two adults and two juveniles, were arrested following the incident.

"There were about 100 people there. Weapons used included knives, chairs and bits of wood."

He said CCTV would be reviewed and a "number of" schools would be visited tomorrow.

It was not clear what the fight was over, he said.

Staff at Mangere East Library said they saw about 100 people gathered outside the KFC before the fighting broke out.

"There was a swarm of at least 50, it could've been 100 of them, and they were running up and down the road and then it all started."

The staff members, who wished to remain anonymous, said they could see weapons.

They immediately locked the doors of the library once they saw the commotion in order to protect visitors.

"It looked like someone had a piece of ply[wood]. It was crazy. About 10 police cars turned up.

"They arrested about 15 people. Some of them didn't look like they were even school kids."

A school principal contacted by the Herald said he had not been contacted about the fight at 6.45pm.

"We will be onto it first thing in the morning and will take it seriously," he said. "We have a good relationship with other principals ... so will be in contact with them and the police."

An investigation and appropriate disciplinary action would be taken if required, he said.

A spokesman for another school said he had been informed about the fight.

"I can't comment at this stage because we are still unaware of the facts," he said. "What we are doing is we are going to meet ... tomorrow and ... get to the bottom of it."

Last year, footage went viral on social media of girls from a South Auckland school stomping and punching each other as police tried to break up the fight.

A Facebook page was set up earlier in 2015 which showed videos of fights between students at Auckland high schools, and police contacted the social networking giant in a bid to have the page taken down.

In May 2015 a 15-year-old girl was arrested after an assault in the Far North that was filmed and posted online.

And in July of the same year, a fight involving about 60 students from two Auckland schools broke out at Orakei train station over a photo posted to Facebook insulting an opposing school's rugby jersey.

- NZ Herald

09-02-2016, 10:34 AM
Same time as McDs (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?65572-McDonalds&p=1295912#post1295912). WTH?

Fri Sep 2, 2016 11:32am EDT
Yum to sell stake in China business ahead of spinoff (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yum-brands-china-primavera-idUSKCN11817H)

A KFC fast food restaurant, which is owned by Yum Brands Inc, is pictured ahead of their company results in Pasadena, California, U.S., July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
By Michael Flaherty

KFC and Pizza Hut owner Yum Brands Inc (YUM.N) said Chinese investment firm Primavera Capital and an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) will buy a stake in Yum China for $460 million as Yum prepares to spin off the business.

The deal gives Primavera, a powerful China-focused private equity firm founded by an ex-Goldman Sachs banker, a significant stake in Yum's China business. It also further expands the reach of Ant Financial, which runs Alibaba's Alipay mobile payments platform and has been expanding into China's restaurant industry.

The investors will receive warrants to buy an additional 4 percent stake in Yum China in two tranches at valuations of $12 billion and $15 billion, the company said on Friday.

A Yum spokesman said the use of the proceeds from the deal will be determined by the future Yum China board of directors.

Yum has signaled that part of the money could go toward expanding across China, as the company signaled last October that it hoped to nearly triple the amount of its restaurants in China to 20,000.

KFC and Pizza Hut brands reaped the rewards of catering to China's booming economy, with patrons flooding the restaurants that offered fast Western food, a higher level of service and perceived food safety.

But Yum's China business has hit road blocks in recent years, including a scandal at a minor meat supplier and bird flu outbreaks.

Yum, still the largest fast-food chain in China, has also been losing ground to McDonald's Corp (MCD.N).

The Louisville, Kentucky-based company's move to separate its China business followed pressure last year from one of its largest investors, Corvex Management, the activist hedge fund run by Keith Meister. Meister is on Yum's board.

The spinoff is expected on Oct. 31, with Yum China to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange a day later, the company said on Friday.

Primavera will invest $410 million, while Ant Financial, which runs Alibaba's Alipay mobile payments platform, will put in $50 million. China's sovereign wealth fund and New York private equity firm KKR & Co were also in the hunt for a Yum China stake.

Goldman Sachs is financial adviser, while Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are legal adviser to Yum Brands and Yum China. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Fangda Partners are legal advisers to Primavera and Ant.

Yum shares were up 1 percent at $91.70 in morning trading.

(Additional reporting by Anya George Tharakan and Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Nick Zieminski)

10-06-2016, 03:23 PM

12-28-2016, 08:51 AM


This KFC China Outlet Will Tell You What To Order Based On Your Face (https://www.hungryforever.com/kfc-china-outlet-will-tell-order-based-face/)

Chinese web services company, Baidu and the world’s beloved fast food chain, KFC have teamed up in China to take your KFC dining experience to a whole new level. Using Baidu’s technology, KFC will launch an outlet in Beijing which will have technology that will scan your face to suggest what you might like to eat based on your age, gender and even your facial expression.



Basically, a screen will tell you what you want to eat, saving you from having to make that decision yourself.


According to a press release from Baidu, the technology works using image recognition hardware which will scan customers’ faces and categorise them according to gender and age. It will also try to detect customers’ moods. Based on the analysis, the technology will suggest what the customer should order – like a Crispy Chicken Hamburger for a man in his early 20s or Porridge and Soybean Milk for breakfast for a woman in her 50s.


What if you don’t want Porridge and Soybean milk? Then, the technology will allow you to ignore their suggestion and select whatever you want. It’s also programmed to save the image of the customer’s face so that it can recall and suggest your order history the next time you visit the outlet.

What’s your take on this development? Exciting? Scary? Let us know.

You'd think there'd be a better application of this sort of tech. :rolleyes:

01-11-2017, 11:27 AM
Will the the Kentucky Fried Thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?22096-the-Kentucky-Fried-Thread) trend ttt for the Year of the Rooster (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?69980-2017-Year-of-the-Fire-Rooster)?

Colonel Sanders becomes harbinger of death in darkly comical Japanese New Year’s card (http://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/01/11/colonel-sanders-becomes-harbinger-of-death-in-darkly-comical-japanese-new-years-card/)
Casey Baseel 15 hours ago

It’s terror-inducin’ good!

In Japan, it’s customary to send New Year’s cards to friends and family, often decorated with pictures of whatever animal in the Chinese Zodiac represents the upcoming year. Most of the time, the animals are shown in some sort of serene pose or cute scene, but 2017 also allows creative types to dabble in some dark humor.

2017 is the Year of the Rooster, but the Japanese language doesn’t usually differentiate between male and female animals. As such, in Japan, it could also be called the Year of the Chicken, which opened up the door to some appetite-stimulating dark humor, as shared by Japanese Twitter user @yoshidaushio.

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吉田潮 @yoshidaushio
姉の年賀状がシュールで秀逸だったのだが、姉には友達がいなくて、この年賀状を目にしたのはこの世でたった ふたりしかいないという。その才能を銭に変えてほしい。


9:59 PM - 9 Jan 2017
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“The New Year’s card my big sister made is awesomely surreal,” tweeted @yoshidaushio, “but she doesn’t have any [other] friends [to send cards too], so she and I were going to be the only ones in the world to see this.”

Aside from casting Colonel Sanders as a terrifying harbinger of death, there’s even a little bit of wordplay in the message written on the card. Read “Akema****e omedetou gozaimasu,” the phrase translates most naturally as “Happy New Year,” but the literal meaning of akema****e is “open,” and just like in English, the verb can be applied to the start of a period of time (such as the new year) or the removal of a physical barrier (such as a door separating dozens of delicious chickens from the founder of KFC).

Online reactions included:

“Run, chickens! RUN!”
“Sanders’ stately manner makes it all the more spine-tingling.”
“I bet Ronald McDonald is coming in 2021 [the Year of the Ox/Cow].”
“Your sister is awesome.”
“I want to be friends with both of you.”

@yoshidaushio, who works as a writer and illustrator, wrapped up her tweet by saying that she wishes her sister could earn a living through her artistic talents as well. Time will tell whether or not she can pull that feat off, but with this illustration, she’s at least started building a fanbase.

Source, featured image: Twitter/@yoshidaushio

05-08-2017, 01:51 PM
...the fried chicken.

KFC just published a ridiculously raunchy and bizarre romance novella starring a Casanova Colonel Sanders — here are the steamiest parts (YUM) (http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/KFC-just-published-a-ridiculously-raunchy-and-11121356.php)
Kate Taylor,
Published 6:58 am, Thursday, May 4, 2017

KFC has put the hot back into chicken with a free romance novella written just for moms. Keri Lumm (@thekerilumm) has more.

KFC just published its first romance novella — starring none other than Colonel Sanders.

To celebrate Mother's Day — the chicken chain's best-selling day of the year — KFC published "Tender Wings of Desire," a novella following the love affair between Lady Madeline Parker and Colonel Harland Sanders. The book can be downloaded for free on Amazon, and KFC is giving away 100 hardback copies to fans on Facebook.
"The only thing better than being swept away by the deliciousness of our Extra Crispy Chicken is being swept away by Harland Sanders himself," George Felix, KFC US's director of advertising, said in a statement. "So this Mother’s Day, the bucket of chicken I get for my wife will come with a side of steamy romance novella. Dinner is taken care of and she’ll have the time to escape her busy schedule."
Of course, no one reads romance novels for the plot. Instead, it's all about skipping to the "good parts," if you know what we're saying.
KFC stops short of any X-rated material, but here are the sections of the novella worth returning to.



The Colonel makes his first appearance almost halfway through the novella. At this point, Lady Madeline Parker has run away from her family, refusing to marry a rich duke, and begun working at a tavern frequented by sailors. One familiar-sounding sailor catches her eye:
"He was tall, dressed like a sailor with a striped linen shirt and woolen peacoat crusted with sea salt. His hair was light and fair, framing his head in airy curls, and the eyes that stared back at her were almost the exact color of the sea, perhaps darker, but not by much, and they hid behind glasses with dark frames.
Madeline had never seen a sailor wear glasses before; somehow it made him seem all the more handsome. He leaned on the bar, his eyes looking into hers and liking what they saw... For a moment she felt hot and cold at the same time."



Wikimedia CommonsMadeline and Harland Sanders are immediately taken with each other. Despite Madeline's friend's warnings of the dangers of unreliable men, the two go for a walk. One thing leads to another, and:
"It was electric. It was everything, and whatever sickness Madeline believed she had from her infatuation with him melted away at the touch of his lips. Her entire body felt as thought it were on fire, her heart beating wildly in her chest. He felt so warm, and his arms circled around her wait to pull her closer.
This was the closest she had ever been to a man, and she would not want it any other way. She felt as if she were a woman on fire, feverish in the best way possible, and something seemed to take her over when he deepened the kiss."



Immediately after the kiss:
"She was breathless as they parted, and as she looked up at him, she saw an entirely new and strange aspect of her future unfold. Unfettered by the life that was expected of her, she was technically unfettered from he expectations of her place in society. No longer did she have to maintain her modesty; on the contrary, she was free to be with whomever she desired, regardless of whether they were going to end up being her husband.
...Now, as she stood panting and looking upon this man, she realized that if she were so inclined, she could make him her love."

In this Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, a KFC sign hangs in Saugus, Mass. Photo: Elise Amendola, Associated Press

"To call their affair passionate was an understatement.
Sometimes it seemed as though the two of them had been made to love each other, and they tried to do so at every given opportunity. Their eyes would meet the instant he walked into the tavern, as if they could feel each other. In that instant, a spark would light and quickly grow into a raging inferno deep within them.
They were so consumed that it took every ounce of their restraint not to give into the first right then and there. The flames would continue to rage throughout the night until the fire was too much, and at last they could let it engulf them."



Finally, Madeline realizes Harland isn't quite who she thought he was. He's no sailor... he's Colonel Sanders.
"'Yes, I'm a Colonel. Yes, I'm fabulously rich. I am a magnate of the restaurant industry, my dear, the king of an empire that I built with my bare hands. I took a sabbatical from my duties in order to see the world, see what else could possibly be out there, and on the course of my journey I found what I was looking for.'
Her heart fluttered wildly in the space of his pauses. In spite of everything, she found herself hanging on his every word.
'I found you, Madeline.'"

Imagine a version of this written by bawang. :eek:

07-07-2017, 08:03 AM
Once again, Asia's KFCs kick our homegrown US KFC's ass.

KFC just opened a new 'healthy' location in Hangzhou, serving salads, fresh juice and beer (http://shanghaiist.com/2017/07/07/healthy-kfc.php)


KFC has opened a new kind of outlet in China, dedicated to providing its customers with healthy and fresh food, rather than the typical "eight-legged chicken" fare.


The fast food branch launched its first K Pro restaurant in Hangzhou on July 1st. According to Yicai Global, diners will have menu choices like paninis and salads topped with grilled chicken breast, South American white shrimp and smoked salmon. To drink, the restaurant offers fresh juice and beer.


Meanwhile, the interior design of the shop has been changed to reflect the food on offer, creating more of a relaxed cafe vibe, while staff are dressed in green rather than KFC's customary red-and-white.


For the past few years, KFC has been using China as a testing ground to explore new ideas, such as robots that will scan your face and tell you want to eat.
[Images via Yicai Global]

07-11-2017, 09:10 AM

wth? No, srsly, WTH?!?!

07-11-2017, 06:40 PM
Col. Sanders is the devil.

07-12-2017, 09:53 AM
Col. Sanders is the devil.

He was cast down.


08-31-2017, 08:33 AM

09-01-2017, 09:04 AM
Just smile: In KFC China store, diners have new way to pay (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alibaba-payments-facialrecognition/just-smile-in-kfc-china-store-diners-have-new-way-to-pay-idUSKCN1BC4EL)
Reuters Staff

A customer tries Alipay's facial recognition payment solution "Smile to Pay" at KFC's new KPRO restaurant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Diners at a KFC store in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou will have a new way to pay for their meal. Just smile.

Customers will be able to use a “Smile to Pay” facial recognition system at the tech-heavy, health-focused concept store, part of a drive by Yum China Holdings Inc to lure a younger generation of consumers.

Yum China, which spun off from its U.S. parent Yum Brands Inc last year, is trying to rev up growth in the world’s second largest economy, where food safety scares and changing consumer tastes have dented sales since 2012.

Yum is still the largest fast food chain in the market, where it has over 7,685 outlets. Its China same-store sales have also been slowly improving, rising in the second quarter of the year on a strong showing by its KFC brand.

The new outlet in Hangzhou, called KPRO, is targeting a younger generation of Chinese who are expected to drive the lion’s share of China’s consumption growth over the next decade.

Alipay's facial recognition payment solution "Smile to Pay" is seen at KFC's new KPRO restaurant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Joey Wat, Yum China’s president, said the store was aimed at “young, tech savvy consumers who are keen to embrace new tastes and innovations”.

The Hangzhou store involves a tie-up with Ant Financial, which is behind the facial recognition software. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd affiliate Ant said this is the first commercial application of the technology worldwide.

Diners can pay by scanning their faces at an ordering kiosk and entering a phone number - which is meant to guard against people cheating the system.

“Combined with a 3D camera and liveness detection algorithm, Smile to Pay can effectively block spoofing attempts using other people’s photos or video recordings and ensure account safety,” Jidong Chen, Ant’s director of biometric identification technology, said in a statement.

The store’s menu offers seasonal produce, made-to-order salads and paninis. The chicken on the menu is “roasted”, while drinks include freshly squeezed juices, gourmet coffees and craft beer.

The concept store is not the first time Yum, or its major rival McDonald’s Corp, have tested new ideas in the market. Yum launched a swanky Italian diner as a test “lab” on Shanghai’s iconic riverside Bund in 2015.

Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Darren Schuettler

I just grew a mustache. I wonder if this would jam the program. :confused:

09-06-2017, 10:12 AM
I was tempted to copy this to our Mma & wwe (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?49901-Mma-amp-wwe) thread, but then I thought, KFC doesn't pay us to advertise.

But still, can't resist this.


09-06-2017, 10:59 AM
It's gotta be bawang. He's got us all bawanged up when it comes to KFC.

Dramatic moment KFC customers perform a citizen's arrest - on the driver of a car loaded with weapons including a gun, knife and nunchucks (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4849402/Driver-crashes-car-loaded-weapons-outside-KFC.html)
A man has crashed his car loaded with weapons outside a KFC in Ipswich, QLD
The 42-year-old was allegedly in possession of guns, knives and a nunchuck
Onlookers stepped in and took his car keys away, to prevent the man offending
By Josh Hanrahan For Daily Mail Australia
PUBLISHED: 19:29 EDT, 3 September 2017 | UPDATED: 04:07 EDT, 4 September 2017

A brave bystander has stopped a man who drove a car loaded with weapons through a construction site at a KFC restaurant in Queensland.

The 42-year-old crashed his vehicle into a temporary fence near the store in Ipswich, east of Brisbane, before onlookers allegedly noticed a number of weapons inside.

Worried about the danger the guns, knives and nunchucks allegedly possessed by the man posed, Steve Kenefick stepped in and took the man's car keys from him.

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A brave bystander has stopped a man (pictured) who drove a car loaded with weapons through a construction site at a KFC restaurant in Queensland

After taking the keys from the man, he urged him to wait for police inside the KFC.

'Mate, you are not getting the keys,' Mr Kenefick told the man.

'I said: "Come in. Go for a feed in here".'

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The 42-year-old crashed his vehicle - which allegedly had guns, knives and nunchucks inside - into a temporary fence near the store in Ipswich, east of Brisbane. He faces court in September

When police arrived soon after they arrested the 42-year-old and charged him with possessing a Category M weapon

He was also charged with possessing a knife in a public place and driving with a suspended licence.

The man is due to front Ipswich Court on 29th September.

Bad Day for Wannabe Bruce Lees (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?56216-Bad-Day-for-Wannabe-Bruce-Lees) @ KFC (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?22096-the-Kentucky-Fried-Thread)

11-01-2017, 04:44 PM
srsly? wth?!?

KFC cooks up fried chicken bath salts in Japan (https://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/11/01/kfc-releases-fried-chicken-bath-salts-in-japan/)
Oona McGee10 hours ago


Now you can soak in the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and spices.

KFC Japan has been doing everything it can to get our attention over the years, offering us special items like disposable finger sheaths, Pokémon goods, and even packed bento lunches. Now they’re turning heads with a new novelty product that’s got everyone talking in Japan, and this time it’s something you can soak your body in.

Behold the KFC bath bomb, a product designed to make bath-time smell like fried chicken. Its official title, “Chicken Smell? Bathing Powder” is an apt description of the surprise your nostrils will experience when you get into the bath after using the product for the first time.

Cleverly moulded to resemble a KFC chicken drumstick, the new bath powder has been created in collaboration with Village Vanguard, a Japanese novelty retail store chain that knows its stuff when it comes to food-like bath salts. Last year, they released a whacky lineup of bath powders featuring enticing aromas like pizza, beer and miso soup.

▼ Now Village Vanguard has combined forces with the fast food giant to create a bath bomb that looks and smells like a chicken drumstick.

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ケンタッキーフライドチキン ✔@KFC_jp
11月1日(水)から始まる #秘伝のコンビパック 発売記念キャンペーンの🎁が完成しました😃
なんと、今回は #ヴィレッジヴァンガード さんとコラボレーション❤
チキン型のこれ🍗いったいなーんだ❓#分かった人はRT #KFC
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Unfortunately, the only way to get your hands on one of these little delights is by being one of 100 people chosen by lottery to receive one each day, as part of a campaign that runs from 1-15 November. To try your luck in the lottery, simply follow the official KFC Japan account, and then retweet the tweet below with the hashtags #KFCのアノ香りand #秘伝のコンビパック(which translates to #thatsmellofkfc and #secretcombinationpack).

ケンタッキーフライドチキン ✔@KFC_jp
✨#秘伝のコンビパック 発売記念🍗
フォロー&リツイートで毎日100名様に当たる✨#KFCのアノ香り が漂う「チキンの香り?の入浴剤」を🎁


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Those lucky enough to win one of these will receive the product in a red-and-white KFC-branded box, which makes it feel like you’re really receiving a piece of fried chicken. Everyone who enters the campaign will receive a coupon to buy a Secret Combination Pack of chicken for 550 yen (US$4.83) instead of the usual price of 750 yen.

Source, images: KFC Japan

01-12-2018, 01:19 PM
Korean fried chicken chain chooses Concord for U.S. debut (https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/01/11/korean-fried-chicken-chain-chooses-concord-for-u-s-debut/)

(Lisa P. White/Bay Area News Group) Korean fried chicken and burgers fast-food chain opened its first U.S. location in downtown Concord in January 2018.

By LISA P. WHITE | lwhite@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: January 11, 2018 at 10:03 am | UPDATED: January 11, 2018 at 6:42 pm

CONCORD — Mom’s Touch, a South Korean fried chicken and burger chain, has opened its first U.S. outlet in downtown Concord.

The restaurant took over the former Wild Ox Burger space on Salvio Street next to the public garage and a half-block from Todos Santos Plaza. Mom’s Touch stands out with a red and white striped awning and dining patio.

Mom’s Touch operates more than 1,000 restaurants in South Korea, according to Pedro Garcia, economic development specialist with the city.

“We’re talking about the McDonald’s of Korea basically coming to Concord to open their first U.S. location,” he said.

The menu includes chicken breast sandwiches (both grilled and fried), a bulgogi burger (thin marinated slices of grilled beef); fried wings, drumsticks, chicken strips and popcorn chicken. Barbecue, teriyaki and other dipping sauces are available. Fries, cheese fries and onion rings are also available.

Lighter fare includes a chicken salad and teriyaki steamed rice with bulgogi or grilled chicken.
Sounds good. Too bad I don't eat chicken anymore. :rolleyes:

01-26-2018, 09:44 AM
Maybe the LGBTQ thing has gone too far on this T. I'll be more impressed with the first black Colonel Sanders. Yeah, let's see KFC step into that bear trap. :rolleyes:

KFC Just Announced Its First Female Colonel Sanders (http://time.com/5120101/colonel-sanders-reba-mcentire/)
By FLORA CARR Updated: January 26, 2018 8:42 AM ET

KFC has launched a new campaign featuring its first ever female Colonel Sanders, with country star Reba McEntire in the iconic role of the franchise’s founder.

The new commercials will begin next week, featuring McEntire dressed in Colonel Sanders’ famed white suit and donning a moustache. While a number of celebrities, including Rob Lowe, have taken on the role of Sanders, McEntire is the first female celebrity and the first musician to play the part.

“I thought the transformation was really funny,” McEntire told the Associated Press. “I got a big kick out of it.”

KFC (https://twitter.com/kfc/status/956696407808688129?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Ftime.com%2F5120101%2Fcolonel-sanders-reba-mcentire%2F)

Introducing Colonel Sanders. Again.

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“I’m Colonel Sanders, the same as always,” McEntire croons, tongue-in-cheek, in the ad. “I’m definitely not a woman.”

McEntire, who grew up in Oklahoma, said she was first approached by KFC in December.

“I said, ‘Holy smokes!,'” she said. “KFC has been a part of my life forever.”

Commenting on the casting, KFC’s new chief marketing officer Andrea Zahumensky said: “I think this is going to be our most-loved Colonel yet.”

McEntire, who also appears as herself in the commercial, will star in the ads until the end of April.

KFC (https://twitter.com/kfc/status/956694464193380352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Ftime.com%2F5120101%2Fcolonel-sanders-reba-mcentire%2F)

Nothing to see here, folks. Nope, nothin’ at all. Just the same old Colonel with a new flavor of fried chicken.

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You have to click the twitter links to see the ads...if you really want to see 'em. :p

02-21-2018, 09:13 AM
This is surely a sign of the collapse of America and the coming apocalypse. :rolleyes:

KFC branches in UK forced to close because of chicken shortage (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/19/kfc-branches-in-uk-forced-to-close-because-of-chicken-shortage.html)
KFC has apologized to its customers in the U.K. after branches of the fast-food chain were forced to close because they've run out of chicken.
KFC said the shortage had been caused after it had taken on a new delivery partner, DHL, and apologized for the closures.
Holly Ellyatt | @HollyEllyatt
Published 9:11 AM ET Mon, 19 Feb 2018 Updated 22 Hours Ago

KFC has apologized to its customers in the U.K. after branches of the fried chicken chain were forced to close because they've run out of chicken.

Taking to Twitter to explain the crisis, KFC said the shortage had been caused after it had taken on a new delivery partner, DHL, and apologized for the closures.

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KFC UK & Ireland

The Colonel is working on it.
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"We've brought a new delivery partner onboard, but they've had a couple of teething problems — getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex!," the chain said in an online statement Monday.

"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."

A sign warns that a limited menu is being operated at a branch of KFC that is operating a limited menu due to problems with the delivery of chicken on February 20, 2018 in Bristol, England.
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A sign warns that a limited menu is being operated at a branch of KFC that is operating a limited menu due to problems with the delivery of chicken on February 20, 2018 in Bristol, England.
The chain listed the restaurants that were open Monday.

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KFC UK & Ireland

The Colonel has an update…🐓🛣🚦

More info - http://www.kfc.co.uk/crossed-the-road …

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Delivery firm DHL, which took on the contract last November with QSL after promising to "re-write the rule book and set a new benchmark for delivering fresh products to KFC in a sustainable way," also apologized.

A DHL spokesperson told CNBC on Monday that the delay was due to "operational issues."

"Due to operational issues a number of deliveries in recent days have been incomplete or delayed. We are working with KFC and our partners to rectify the situation as a priority and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."

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People pass a branch of KFC that is closed due to problems with the delivery of chicken on February 20, 2018 in Bristol, England.

02-26-2018, 08:43 AM
My respect for KFC increased by a bucket.

KFC apologizes for chicken shortage with a hilarious hidden message (http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/23/news/kfc-apology-ad-shortage-chicken/index.html)
by Alanna Petroff @AlannaPetroff
February 23, 2018: 12:10 PM ET

KFC has issued a high-profile, humorous apology for its chicken shortages in the UK.

The fast-food chain used a full-page ad in British newspapers to apologize for shutting down hundreds of restaurants this week because it ran out of chicken.

The bright red advertisement showed an empty bucket with the chain's initials scrambled to say "FCK" on it, alongside an apology.

"A chicken restaurant without any chicken. It's not ideal. Huge apologies to our customers, especially those who traveled out of their way to find we were closed," the ad said.

KFC took out full-page newspaper ads on Friday to apologize for its restaurant closures.

As many as 800 out of about 900 KFC locations were closed on Monday due to the logistical snafu. By Friday, the majority of the stores had reopened.

"It's been a hell of a week, but we're making progress, and every day more and more fresh chicken is being delivered to our restaurants. Thank you for bearing with us," the ad said.

KFC, which is owned by Taco Bell and Pizza Hut parent Yum! (YUM), said the chicken shortage had been caused by a "couple of teething problems" after it switched to a new delivery partner, DHL (DPW), last week.

DHL said a number of deliveries had been "incomplete or delayed" because of "operational issues." The German company added that it is "not the only party responsible for the supply chain to KFC."

A KFC spokesperson said on Friday that some stores may remain closed this weekend and some locations "will operate with a reduced menu or shortened hours."

The cheeky apology was well received.

"I think they've done a fantastic job," said Rupert Younger, a PR expert and director of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.

"It speaks to a business that understand that mistakes were made and they're prepared to have fun at their own expense."

He also thought it was honorable that KFC didn't make a point of running DHL through the ringer for these problems.

"They have been open and transparent and incredibly authentic" with their apology, he said. "I think they're going to have more people wanting to go to KFC than less ... as a result of this."

The UK is KFC's largest market in Europe, and one of its top five globally.

Franchisees operate 95% of KFC's outlets in the country. The company said Monday that it would pay its staff as normal, and it was encouraging franchisees to do the same.

KFC did not say whether it would compensate its franchisee operators for lost business.

CNNMoney (London)
First published February 23, 2018: 12:03 PM ET

02-27-2018, 10:59 AM
This Southern Fried Chicken Restaurant Is Taking Over the Country (http://www.foodandwine.com/news/yardbird-los-angeles-location-opens-april)

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Yardbird Southern Table & Bar will open its first L.A. location in April.

MARIA YAGODA February 26, 2018

In just a few weeks, Los Angeles will have another top-notch Southern restaurant to claim its own, thanks to the speedy expansion of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, a James Beard Award-winning fried chicken concept that first opened in Miami and is swiftly conquering the world. The city is quite lucky—Southern Living considers Yardbird to be one of the best fried chicken establishments in the South, and we're inclined to agree.

According to a new press release, Yardbird's first L.A. location will open in April in the 6,000-square-foot Beverly Center, a luxury shopping destination, with additional space for private events.

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"The ultra-hospitable atmosphere will be accented with industrial age fixtures, warm lighting, sleek leather banquettes, eye-catching art, and beer taps adorned with vintage items found in America's most inviting kitchens," reads the release, noting that the space will feature "down-home elements paying homage to Yardbird's rural roots with a SoCal touch."

Yardbird, which is helmed by restaurateur John Kunkel, has locations in Las Vegas, Singapore and Miami, where the restaurant first opened in 2011. The Southern eatery may have a New York outpost in the works, too. In November 2017, Kunkel told Eater that that he was looking into a N.Y.C. location, saying, "It’s a visible market, and we’re on the hunt now."

Indeed, the market for homestyle yet refined Southern dining has grown enormously, which is why the forthcoming L.A. location—and the city's recent addition of its very first Cracker Barrel—is not surprising.

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"We are excited to crack open the Los Angeles market and are committed to continually providing our guests with high-quality, made-from-scratch, classic Southern cuisine and exceptional customer service," Kunkel said in the release announcing the news. "Yardbird Los Angeles will offer guests a truly sensational dining experience highlighting the influence of California cuisine that will take the art of hospitality to a new level by combining a light yet flavorful menu with a venue designed for social gatherings."

And there's more...

02-27-2018, 11:01 AM
This San Francisco Chicken Chain Is Like a Woke Chick-Fil-A (http://www.foodandwine.com/news/organic-coup-san-francisco)

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The Organic Coup is the country's first USDA certified organic fast food joint, and it's got some high profile backers. Clearly, it was time to eat our way down the menu.

DAVID LANDSEL February 27, 2018

Known far and wide as an incubator for the glorious, planet-disrupting tech boom that's turned so many of our lives upside down, the San Francisco Bay Area in recent years has been responsible for another kind of revolution, and this one's all about changing the way we look at fast food.

This lesser-known outcome of the region's relentless, missionary zeal for improving absolutely everything can be found both in the streets of San Francisco, and out in shopping centers and smaller downtowns throughout the region. From decadent but impeccably-sourced burgers (Super Duper, Roam, Popson's) to vegan lunch bowls from vending machines (Le Cupboard) to a Greek mini-chain using Snake River Farms meats (Souvla), you're spoiled for elevated takes on grab-and-go classics, assuming you have the money to spend. Like so many other things in this part of the world, none of these places are what most Americans would consider reasonably priced.

No restaurant in the category, however, comes off quite so self-assured as The Organic Coup. Started by former Costco executives, and touting its credentials as America's first USDA certified organic fast food restaurant, The Organic Coup (say "koo") is justifiably proud of the provenance of everything on their menu, right down to the drinks. It's all organic, it's all good for you. You can feel great eating it. What's not to like?

Like a woke Chick-Fil-A—with a slogan like "Eat Your Peaceful Protest," we are not dealing with a brand that's content to merely fit in—the young but quickly growing chain, which at last check had 13 stores, including one in Sacramento and another in downtown Seattle, is all about fried chicken sandwiches. Unlike Chick-Fil-A, however, the brand seems to be aimed squarely at people who might like to eat fast food, but are worried about doing so. (Goodness knows there are plenty of reasons to be wary.)

Everything here is designed to make the hesitant consumer feel good about their choices. They're sourcing high quality, air-chilled chicken, cooked in organic, refined coconut oil. Buns are "artisan" brioche, the sandwiches are topped with good-for-you slaw, made from green cabbage, carrots, pickled onions and jalapenos. The sauces—that's sauces plural, there is an entire range—are made from scratch. No GMO's, no pesticides, no harmful chemicals, no antibiotics, no added hormones, no nothing. It's food you can feel good eating.

But do we want to eat it? People in this part of the world certainly do—in an increasingly crowded playing field of elevated chicken sandwich shops and chainlets (here in San Francisco, you will also find Starbird, Proposition Chicken, and The Bird), The Organic Coup, which now has six locations, has managed to secure a rather significant investment from none other than the San Francisco 49ers, in addition to backing it's already received from the founders' pals from Costco days, who, if you know anything about Costco, aren't exactly hard up for cash. With the 49ers now on the team, so to speak, there's talk of putting The Organic Coup's chicken (you choose from sandwich, wrap or bowl) in sporting venues across the country.

It is very likely that The Organic Coup is a company you will hear a lot more from, in the near future.

The question is, will it be good news, because after eating our way down the menu (in our party were both enthusiastic locals and out-of-towners skeptical of the restaurant's bold claims), it's clear that if this thing is to go wide, some tweaking will likely be required.

Walking into the store, the first thing one is impressed by is that aforementioned confidence. It begins with slogans like "Organically Cocky" and "This Ain't Old McDonalds' Farm," emblazoned on the walls, and it continues when you look at the menu. It's short, really short, actually, and plenty of Americans are going to find it expensive. For $7.99, you get a sandwich, a wrap, or a bowl, and you get to pick a sauce; spicy barbecue ranch, ranch, a mustard vin or sesame ginger. (The spicy barbecue ranch and mustard vin are delicious, and quite unique. Go with either, or ask to try both.) And that's all you get, for $7.99.

Considering what Shake Shack gets for a burger, that's not bad, right? No, if the sandwich was perfect. There are problems. This artisan brioche bun, no doubt agonized over, needs to be agonized over more. You can tell this is no garden-variety commercial roll, but this poor thing comes over dry, tasteless, crumbly. This is a roll that any carb-conscious eater will quickly cast aside, which leaves one face to face with the interior of the sandwich.

The chicken, let's note, is very good. The crispy breading is made from whole wheat flour and panko crumbs; it's seasoned with red and black pepper, parsley and oregano. It's pleasant, it's tasty, it works. But it's also quite small, no bigger than what comes in a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, and after examining the slaw, which comes out dry (fair, you're supposed to add the sauce yourself, or at least it seems that way), it's just chopped vegetables, with no adornment.

The wrap, it turns out, is much better. Whole wheat, we might have guessed, with oats, chia, flax and, interestingly, a whisper of cinnamon, it's a good holder for the chicken, slaw, and a small amount of sauce. Pushing it over the top is the addition of guacamole, which really brings it all together, but that costs $1. There are other add-ons too—fresh chopped garlic, extra sauce, substituting grilled chicken for fried—that could easily have your sandwich costing more than $10. Not bad for San Francisco, where a gyro (yes you, Souvla) can cost $12 and upwards, but how well that pricing does elsewhere, who knows?

The kind and patient staff steered us away from the bowl, saying it would just end up being repetitive, so instead we skipped ahead to the chicken tenders. Of the same good quality, of course, but they come out looking like your typical frozen tender, just slightly smaller. For $6.99, you get three of them with a side of tater tots. This is a fair deal, if not something you'd be aching to repeat on a regular basis. Better, quite frankly, to skip the tenders entirely, and go straight for those tots—a generous portion is sold here for $3, and they're fried perfectly. Spring for fresh garlic (50 cents) and have yourself a very fine snack indeed, one that will likely be flying across that counter in great quantities, wherever they end up being sold.

What is up with all the expanding fried chicken franchises lately? :confused:

06-26-2018, 08:26 AM
pICKle fried chICKen = ICK

KFC Pickle Fried Chicken Is Happening. Brace Yourselves (https://www.foodandwine.com/news/kfc-pickle-fried-chicken)

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But the new menu item will only be available for a “very limited-time.”

MIKE POMRANZ June 21, 2018

Kentucky Fried Chicken established its legacy with the brand’s “Original Recipe” chicken, famed for its “secret blend of 11 herbs and spices.” But that doesn’t mean that through the years KFC hasn’t tried its hand at other flavors. From Extra Crispy chicken back in the 1970s to more recent additions like Nashville Hot, Georgia Gold and Smoky Mountain BBQ, KFC chicken has come in all sorts of iterations — including its latest take: Pickle Fried Chicken.

Similar to the chain's most recent limited edition flavors, Pickle Fried Chicken uses standard KFC breading. The pickle taste comes courtesy of a special sauce that's made from a blend of dill, vinegar, onion, garlic, buttermilk, and white and black pepper. Customers can add this briny touch to a Crispy Colonel Sandwich, Extra Crispy Tenders, Chicken Littles, and Extra Crispy Chicken.

With this new addition, KFC says it’s the first national fast food joint to bring pickle-flavored fried chicken to the masses. (Of course, chefs have long been cooking with pickle brine, and we suggest you do, too.)

However, unlike Nashville Hot, Georgia Gold and Smokey Mountain BBQ, which have been added to the KFC menu for an extended time, Pickle Fried Chicken will only be a “very limited-time menu item,” according to the brand.

The sauce lands at KFC on Monday, June 25, and locations will only be serving it while supplies last – which is said to be just “a few weeks.”

So move fast, but if you don't make it in time, fear not. Here's a recipe for pickle-brined chicken you can make at home—and there's no expiration date on this one.

08-01-2018, 10:32 AM
Lick that glove. LICK IT!

KFC Japan creates new fried chicken eating gloves to keep grease off your hands and smartphone (https://soranews24.com/2018/07/28/kfc-japan-creates-new-fried-chicken-eating-gloves-to-keep-grease-off-your-hands-and-smartphone/)
Casey Baseel 5 days ago


Second-generation fried food eating aid is available now, makes signature dish glove-licking good!

KFC Japan is offering all-you-can-eat fried chicken every Friday night until the end of August, and the chain also just introduced a 500-yen (US$4.50) lunch special that’s tempting to the taste buds yet easy on the wallet. In other words, there’s going to be a lot of fried chicken in our immediate future, but thanks to a new innovation, greasy fingertips won’t be part of this summertime gastronomic paradise.

On July 27, KFC branches across Japan began supplying special gloves to help keep your hands clean as you munch on deep-fried bird. An evolution of the Finger Nup finger sheath the company tested two years ago, the new glove, called the Yubi Kirei (literally “clean fingers”), covers the entire palm and three of your five digits.


KFC developed the Yubi Kirei to better serve the needs of techno-savvy and fashion-conscious chicken fans. The three-fingered coverage (thumb, index, and middle) lets you easily grip whatever piece of fried chicken is serving as you current culinary muse, but leaves your ring finger and pinkie uncovered so that you can still use them to operate your smartphone or other touchscreen device.

▼ A file photo showing three uncouth SoraNews24 reporters eating their fried chicken with their BARE HANDS!

Since the Yubi Kirei is a new development in dining etiquette, KFC isn’t automatically placing one in very order. Instead, customers can request one from the clerk at the register when ordering (the phrase in Japanese is “Yubi Kirei wo onegai shimasu”).

The chain says it hasn’t yet decided whether or not to offer the Yubi Kirei on a permanent basis and will first be gauging customer reaction to the initially produced batch. With how many people in Japan wear suits, school uniforms, or other clothing that has to be dry cleaned, though, a barrier to keep grease and oil away from your fingertips is something a lot of people will definitely appreciate, even if it does mean that there’ll be no point in licking your fingers once you’re done eating.

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12-13-2018, 03:46 PM
WTH KFC? srsly, wth?

KFC Made A Fried Chicken-Scented Firelog, And Winter Is Looking Great (https://www.delish.com/food-news/a25564124/kfc-11-herbs-and-spices-firelog/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=socialflowFBDEL&fbclid=IwAR3FirCjRIdLmGt84Tb6zvQD9qM_SsDix5JplQAlw O3Pscy76Kaa9VU529s)
This is reallyyy something else.
DEC 13, 2018


Part of the joy (misery?) of take out is the smell it leaves. Whether you order pizza, curry, or fried chicken, the smell tends to linger long after you've finished eating. If you are, for whatever reason, interested in prolonging that smell, Colonel Sanders has got your back...at least where hot chicken is concerned.

Never one to shy away from chicken-scented objects (see: nail polish! bath bombs! sunscreen!), KFC has one-upped themselves with the 11 Herbs and Spices Firelog. Created in partnership with Enviro-Log, the logs are meant to "create a delightful, hearth-warming and hunger-inducing experience," per KFC's press release.


The logs will most certainly make for a hilarious Christmas present or White Elephant gift for your favorite chicken-loving coworker, if you can get your hands on one—they're available for a limited time beginning December 13, and can be purchased at kfcfirelogs.com for $18.99 each. That's less than a $20 KFC Fill Up Box, FYI. Though honestly, good luck trying to light one without developing a craving for fried chicken.

12-19-2018, 11:32 AM
The KFC China story: how Taiwanese businessman Tony Wang Tatung introduced a nation to fast food, and why there are no Chinese franchises overseas (https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/2178451/kfc-china-story-how-taiwanese-businessman-introduced-nation)
When KFC opened in Beijing in 1987, it was the first US fast food outlet in any communist country
Tony Wang, who led the project, introduced new concepts, including hygiene and the art of queuing
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2018, 8:17pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 8:55pm
Elaine Yau


It was a chilly November day in 1987 when an animated crowd gathered outside a new shopping centre a stone’s throw from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Members of the international press corps and curious locals braved the blistering cold to witness a historic moment that would have had Chairman Mao Zedong spinning in his nearby mausoleum – the opening of a three-storey Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

Will KFC plastics move catch on at all Hong Kong fast-food chains?
That was three years before McDonald’s entered the country. It was four years before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the American fast-food joint – with its white-haired Colonel Sanders sign and racks of golden fried chicken – was a first not only for China but for the whole communist bloc.

“On the opening day, 20 to 30 reporters followed me around wherever I went,” says Tony Wang Tatung, who led the venture.

The 1987 opening of the first KFC in Beijing. It was also the first US fast-food outlet in China and any communist country.

The restaurant sent ripples through the country’s catering industry, says Wang, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the colonel when he smiles.

“The Beijing Evening News ran an article saying the toilet … was cleaner than the pond in a Chinese restaurant,” he says from his home in the Taiwanese city of Taichung.

“The opening of that first KFC in China affected food safety and hygiene in the country’s catering operations, and introduced more civilised concepts such as queuing for food.”

The restaurant was an immediate hit, with a two kilometre queue outside in the days after it opened, Wang says.

Today, KFC is the most popular US fast-food franchise in China. Photo: Alamy

“They came to KFC not so much for the chicken, but to experience a bit of Americana. People were curious about the American lifestyle. The shop did brisk business and KFC recouped its investment within a year of opening.”

The appeal has been enduring: today, KFC is the most popular American fast-food operation in China, with more than 5,000 outlets. Since 2016 the licensee of KFC in China has been Yum China, a listed company in which Ant Financial Services, an affiliate of Alibaba, owner of the South China Morning Post, is a minority investor.

Born in China’s Sichuan province, Wang’s family relocated to Taiwan in 1949, when he was five years old, following the Chinese civil war. He graduated from Taiwan Chung Yuan Christian University in 1968 with a civil engineering degree, and completed a master’s degree in management science at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey in 1973.

After a short stint working in pharmaceuticals marketing in New Jersey, Wang was headhunted by KFC in 1975 to work as a business analyst at its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.

Wang has made his money by opening franchises, expanding them and then selling them. Photo: Elaine Yau

With dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, he left KFC in 1980, and the following year met then Tianjin city mayor Li Ruihuan – who was later elevated to China’s powerful Politburo Standing Committee – when he was visiting San Francisco with a delegation.

“He asked me to teach them how to start a fast-food business in China. I went to Tianjin and saw there was good potential, [but] it was a risky decision because it was uncharted waters,” he says.

In 1982, with Singaporean and Chinese partners, Wang opened Orchid Food in the city, serving hamburgers and sandwiches.

“Me and my Singaporean partner put in US$300,000 for the venture. The decor was very basic. We opened a second Orchid at Tianjin Water Park 10 months later,” he says.

Wang opened Orchid Food in Tianjin in 1982. It sold burgers and sandwiches.

Its interest piqued by Wang’s success with Orchid, KFC came knocking on his door again in 1986, offering him the position of vice-president for Southeast Asia and China operations. Wang took the bait and sold his share in Orchid.

KFC had already established a foothold in Southeast Asia in the early 1980s, with chains in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as in Hong Kong. But the company was stumped when it came to communist China.

“Richard Mayer, who was then KFC’s board chairman, was eager to enter the China market. They had a China division based in Hong Kong, and hired a South African head of China development. They worked on [expanding into China] for many years to no avail. The South African couldn’t even get a visa for China,” Wang says.

At the time, the Hong Kong and Singapore KFC chains were run by franchisees. The company bought back half of the franchise in Singapore – where residents had a better grasp of Mandarin than Hongkongers at the time – and Wang led the China drive from the Singapore office.
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12-19-2018, 11:32 AM
Tony Wang at a press conference in Beijing in 1987 to announce the opening of the first KFC in China.

The first Beijing branch was a joint venture between KFC and the ministries of tourism and animal husbandry – the latter supplying the chicken.

Wang says he encountered his first problem while renovating the branch. The floors had to be tiled three times because the builders were not skilled enough to produce an even floor.

“Eventually we had to hire builders from Guangzhou, which had a more advanced construction industry due to its proximity to Hong Kong. The staff from Guangzhou came with rucksacks filled with instant noodles, because there were none in Beijing then, and southerners didn’t like northern Chinese food,” he says.

A stumbling block was KFC’s stipulation that only chilled chicken could be used.

Beijing’s vice mayor Sun Fuling, (centre) and Wang (right), at the opening in 1987.

“China didn’t have the expensive transport system needed for chilled chicken. I flew back and forth between China and the US several times to persuade KFC to let us use frozen chicken for its Beijing outlet,” Wang says.

They had a China division based in Hong Kong, and hired a South African head of China development ... The South African couldn’t even get a visa for China TONY WANG
Salt was another stumbling block, because “KFC uses fine-grained salt, but China’s was coarse-grained. We need to apply [to the Chinese government] to import salt. Opening a franchised restaurant is very technical because you have to follow all the specifications along the whole assembly line.”

Wang then had his work cut out training the frontline staff.

“We took videos of preparations for the opening of two or three Singaporean stores, showing Chinese staff how customers came in, queued and ordered, and how staff served them at the counters. The staff even had to be taught how to count money. The training was very tedious,” he says.

By the time Wang left KFC in 1990, it had opened five outlets, in Beijing and Shanghai. “My mission was accomplished and I was bored,” he says.

It was not the end of Wang’s forays into the restaurant business, though. In 1991, he introduced US steakhouse chain Sizzlers to Taiwan, then sold the franchise in 1994. In the decade that followed, before retiring from the industry in 2003, he took a string of other Western restaurant franchises, including Jack in the Box, Kenny Rogers and Le Jazz, into countries around the world.

KFC had tried unsuccessfully to get in to China for years before Wang rejoined them in 1986. Photo: Shutterstock

“That’s how I made my money – opening and expanding a franchise, then selling it,” says Wang, who now teaches franchise management at Tunghai University in Taichung, and Beijing Normal University’s campus in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai.

Ninety-five per cent of Taiwanese dining franchises and 85 per cent of Chinese ones are run the wrong way. That’s why you don’t see any Chinese dining brands finding success overseas, even 40 years after China opened up to the world TONY WANG
Although big Western franchises are household names in China today, there is still a glaring lack of home-grown Chinese brands in overseas markets.

“China has schools and exams for chefs, but not for restaurant management, because it’s the cuisine they respect,” Wang explains. “The dining-out concept in the West is experience-oriented … Chinese only care about the food and having a full stomach. That’s why China does not have a sophisticated restaurant industry which can be exported overseas.”

There is also a fundamental difference between how Chinese and Westerners regard franchise management, he says.

“In the West, franchisee and franchiser see each other as partners and develop the brand together. Chinese see franchises as a money-spinner; they don’t grow the brand.

“Ninety-five per cent of Taiwanese dining franchises and 85 per cent of Chinese ones are run the wrong way. That’s why you don’t see any Chinese dining brands finding success overseas, even 40 years after China opened up to the world.”

Famed Beijing roast duck chain Da Dong opened an outlet in New York in December 2017 to huge fanfare, but it was a lame duck. Critics from The New York Times and New York Magazine both gave it zero stars.

Another noted Beijing roast duck chain, Quanjude, opened outlets in Canada and Australia. Having approached Quanjude before for its overseas expansion, Wang thinks he knows why it was not well received.

“Opening a successful franchise is all about standardisation. Western food is easier to standardise. Chinese cuisine is complex, and Chinese chefs have lots of discretion over the food procurement and cooking processes,” Wang says.

He says Quanjude’s management agreed to collaborate with him, but their concepts clashed and nothing came of it.

“They don’t have any marketing sense,” he says. “They wanted their overseas outlets to have the whole [Beijing] menu … I thought it only needed the trademark roast duck dish, because other dishes would have to be tailored to Western tastes.”

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: The great chicken co up

Fascinating read. I remember KFC in China when I first went there in 91.

04-01-2019, 08:43 AM
I can no longer wrap my head around this thread. I'd call this out as an April Fool's thing (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?65660-April-Fools), but the news piece came out over the weekend.

Absolutely Not (https://www.spin.com/2019/03/colonel-sanders-ultra-2019-dj-set/)
Rob Arcand // March 30, 2019

CREDIT: Screenshot via Twitter

This year’s Ultra Music Festival has been a mess. Friday night, hundreds of attendees walked across the bridge between Virginia Key and Miami after having difficulty getting a ride back on one of the festival’s 200 buses. Chaos erupted after a tree caught on fire, with some even calling it “Fyre Festival 2.” But earlier that afternoon, a new DJ took the stage before acts like Marshmello and Tiësto. With an air of familiarity, the masked DJ caused more than a little commotion in the Miami heat, in no small part due to the associations with his attire. His name was Colonel Sanders, and his set was the most egregious corporate stunt in recent memory.

Dressed in a string tie T-shirt and enormous bobble-headed costume, the DJ introduced his set with prerecorded banter designed to get the crowd moving. “Any of y’all hungry for some beats?” a voice shouted through the speakers. The audience seemed less than enthused.

The promotional stunt understandably garnered a few negative reactions on Twitter. Louis the Child called Ultra “a joke with corporate promotional nonsense,” while others like Alex Metric joked about the fact that the festival was basically selling its main stage as an advertising platform. “Ultra selling ad space on the EDM Main stage at one of the most commercial festivals feels like some horrendous logical conclusion to the direction that part of dance music has been heading in,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s not exactly Ronald McDonald at Berghain is it.”

Most directly implicated by the stunt was Marshmello, who in a since-deleted tweet, called the whole thing “lame.” “I can think of a lot of other artists that actually deserve to be on that stage instead,” he wrote on Twitter.

These days, almost every music festival is a crowded assortment of Mountain Dew stages and Sour Patch spare rooms, so it’s hard to really feel any genuine outrage about the incident. Whether they’re performing on the main stage or covertly footing the bills on tour, brands are not your friends.

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This @kfc colonel sanders Djing at @ultra is lame. I can think of a lot of other artists that actually deserve to be on that stage instead.— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) March 29, 2019

Given the platform you have as a major electronic festival, it would be nice if you used it to showcase what electronic music is about and not make it seem like a joke with corporate promotional nonsense @ultra— louis (@LouisTheChild) March 30, 2019

05-06-2019, 08:51 AM
'I ate a lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Twinkies': Woman celebrates 105th birthday (https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/I-ate-a-lot-of-Kentucky-Fried-Chicken-and-13814374.php?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR0fSI1sCL_fzGJWcgjhe08c2y1zQAKV3cjYPEH93 JelcfQhgLoCT5TedjM)
HTV National Desk Published 11:55 am PDT, Thursday, May 2, 2019


An Oklahoma woman is getting the birthday celebration she deserves.

Lois Wooten, of Del City, turns 105 on Sunday. She received a proclamation Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Wooten still lives by herself, sends homemade birthday cards and loves to text on her iPhone. She roared through the roaring '20s, learned to drive on a model T and has lived in Del City since 1950.

Wooten was honored by the state House of Representatives days ahead of her 105th birthday.

"I ate a lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Twinkies," Wooten said.

Wooten drove until she was 98.

"I don't like to cook much. I eat a lot of frozen dinners. But who cares?" Wooten said.

For someone who spent the vast majority of her life without a computer, Wooten now loves technology, including her iPhone.

Wooten spent 20 years as the cafeteria manager at Kerr Junior High. Her late husband was a firefighter at Tinker Air Force Base.

Give it up to the elderly!!!!! (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?57037-Give-it-up-to-the-elderly!!!!!)
the Kentucky Fried Thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?22096-the-Kentucky-Fried-Thread)

07-05-2019, 12:24 PM
KFC first fast-food restaurant to introduce veggie burger in China (https://shanghai.ist/2019/07/03/kfc-veggie-burger/)
Inside is a palm-sized deepfried mushroom patty filled with melted cheese. Yay or nay?
by Natalie Ma July 4, 2019 in Food


KFC has just introduced its new mushroom burger on Wednesday, making it the first ever fast food chain store in China to provide a vegetarian choice.

The new burger comes with tomato and lettuce and a mushroom patty instead of meat. It does come with cheese though, so if you’re strictly vegan, this might still not be the burger for you.

Response has been divided online. Some said it is overpriced as a veggie bun while others said the cheese alone is worth the price.

Here is what it looks like in real life, according to a Weibo user who gave it a thumbs-down:


Shanghaiist went to sink our teeth into the burger, and here’s what we found:

The burger itself comes in a decent crusty bun, with a deep-fried mushroom patty that is covered in orange breadcrumbs. The crispy lettuce balances the taste nicely, but the ketchup and mayo sauce prevails. The patty itself doesn’t deliver much taste besides the cheese stuffed in it. The mushroom is kinda rubbery so we were left with more half-eaten mushroom than the bun towards the end. We give it 3 out of 5 burger buns for taste, but be warned: the texture of the unchewable mushroom might lead to a truly messy meal.

Vegetarian (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?19996-Vegetarian)
the Kentucky Fried Thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?22096-the-Kentucky-Fried-Thread)

08-27-2019, 08:24 AM
So many Kung Fu Tea joints make the news feeds that I don't bother to post them all on our Kung Fu Restaurants & Bars thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?51971-Kung-Fu-Restaurants-amp-Bars), but this one also has fried chicken so I can double post it on our Kentucky Fried Thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?22096-the-Kentucky-Fried-Thread) and y'all know how much I love these double posts. It's literally two for the price of one. :D

A Taiwanese Fried Chicken Chain Arrives in Quincy (https://boston.eater.com/2019/8/23/20828855/tkk-fried-chicken-open-beale-street-quincy)
It’s TKK Fried Chicken’s second American location
by Terrence B. Doyle Aug 23, 2019, 8:30am EDT

Quincy has a new spot for fried chicken (the New York City location is pictured here) Robert Sietsema/Eater

Taiwanese fried chicken chain TKK Fried Chicken celebrates the grand opening of its Quincy location (1 Beale St.) today, August 23, and throughout the weekend. It’s the second United States location for TKK, which operates 66 locations in Taiwan and two locations in Shanghai. Its other U.S. location is in New York City’s Flatiron District.

The brand new Quincy location, which once housed a Papa Gino’s, is a combined TKK Fried Chicken and Kung Fu Tea shop, a bubble tea chain that already has about a dozen Boston-area locations.

TKK Fried Chicken has its roots in the Wanhua District of Taipei, Taiwan, where it opened its first shop in 1974. The Quincy location isn’t the only American expansion in the works, per the TKK website — shops are apparently also planned for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and Richardson, Texas.

TKK Fried Chicken specializes in — you guessed it — fried chicken, offering diners a choice between tenders, wings, breasts, thighs, drumsticks, and fried chicken sandwiches. Sides include mashed potatoes, coleslaw, curly fries, crunchy cheese curds, and shi****o peppers. Unlike the location in New York, the Quincy location doesn’t have a liquor license.

The chicken comes in three different styles — original, crispy mild, and crispy hot. After a visit to the New York outpost, Eater NY critic Robert Sietsema wrote, “For god’s sake, get the crispy spicy!” He also noted that TKK has a “very good biscuit” and a “really, really good” kwa kwa bao, “an invention that’s become a signature of the chain.” The kwa kwa bao is a ball of sticky rice packed with mushrooms that is sealed in chicken skin and then fried.

TKK joins a whole host of other chicken-focused restaurants opening in the Boston area in the coming months (or recently opened). The folks behind Watertown’s Branch Line just opened Shy Bird, which focusses on rotisserie chicken but also features an excellent fried chicken sandwich on its menu, in Cambridge’s Kendall Square; the Oyster Club at the Heritage owner and longtime Greater Boston chef Chris Parsons is opening a pressure-fried chicken spot called Lily P’s in Cambridge later this year; the Moody’s Delicatessen team is on the verge of opening Pollo Club, which will serve fried chicken and vegan food, in the Waltham space once occupied by their taqueria El Rincon De Moody’s; and a team with members associated with Sportello, Charleys Philly Steaks, and Eventide Fenway will open a Nashville hot fried chicken restaurant called Hot Chix sometime in 2020. (Hot Chix is currently popping up around town with some frequency; keep an eye out for upcoming events at Bow Market’s Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge and beyond.)

Head to Quincy today and see how TKK’s fried chicken sandwich stacks up to the others in the ongoing fried chicken sandwich wars.

09-23-2019, 07:46 AM
wth? no srsly...WTH?!?!


China’s KFC Forsakes All Things Righteous, Creates Durian Chicken Nuggets (https://radiichina.com/chinas-kfc-forsakes-all-things-righteous-creates-durian-chicken-nuggets/)
Having debuted its new durian chicken nuggets, China's KFC has squarely aligned itself with the forces of chaos. Somewhere, the Colonel weeps.
By ADAN KOHNHORST September 6, 2019

China’s KFC has been doing some soul-searching.

Much like a wayward youth, hurled asunder on the tumultuous waves of fate and uncertain in its concept of self, China’s KFC has been making some questionable life decisions.

A couple months back, they decided American-style fried chicken wasn’t really a core component of the KFC brand, and started selling Chinese street food. Still, it wasn’t too surprising coming from those behind the infamous “chizza“, a pizza with a crust made of chicken (and by “pizza”, we mean melted cheese with kernels of corn in it).

And yet, in terms of sheer scale, KFC’s latest experiment might be its greatest affront to God yet: Durian chicken nuggets.

In the press image, sulphuric, fecal-scented liquids ooze from the shell of an innocent chicken nugget, like contents from the corpse of a man whose colon has been sliced open by an enemy katana and left untended on the battlefield for three or four days in the sweltering wet heat of July.

And we pray.

RADII team member and durian fan Calvin Kung steeled his nerves and his spirit in order to confront this great sin:

“It was your average chicken nugget with a sliver of durian sludge,” he explains. “Classic overpromise, underdeliver. Outside flavoring of nugget is so strong, not even the mighty durian can win this battle for your ‘buds. The durian taste is so faint, you wonder if they just killed a chicken that happened to eat durian. There’s a reason durians don’t grow in Kentucky.”

“My mom and I bonded over freshly cut durian,” he added. “This KFC nugget would appall her.”

There you have it, folks. The durian nugget, foe to all, friend to none.



10-01-2019, 08:17 AM
KFC is serving fried chicken sandwiched between 2 glazed doughnuts at dozens of locations, and people are freaking out (https://www.businessinsider.com/kfc-testing-fried-chicken-sandwich-between-two-glazed-donuts-2019-9)
Kate Taylor Sep 17, 2019, 8:00 AM

KFC's "Kentucky Fried Chicken and Donuts" sandwich. KFC
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KFC is adding doughnuts to the menu alongside fried chicken at more than 40 locations in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia, and Pittsburgh.
Customers can order a combination of fried chicken and doughnuts, as well as a sandwich that wedges fried chicken between two glazed doughnuts.
The sandwich is already polarizing people on social media.
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KFC is now serving doughnuts at dozens of locations.
On Tuesday, the fried-chicken chain announced that it was testing its "Chicken and Donuts" menu items for a limited time at more than 40 locations in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia, and Pittsburgh.
The options are a basket that pairs chicken on the bone or chicken tenders with one or two doughnuts, and a sandwich with a chicken fillet between two glazed doughnuts.

KFC's basket with fried chicken and doughnuts. KFC

The chicken-and-doughnut meal will cost $5.50 for one doughnut and $7.50 for two doughnuts. The sandwich is priced at $6, or as a combo meal for $8. KFC said customers can also add a doughnut — served hot — to any meal for $1.
KFC said in a press release that it was using the test to evaluate whether customers are craving chicken and doughnuts on a national scale.
According to a representative, the doughnuts will arrive at stores already cooked, and when a customer orders them, the doughnuts will be dipped in the fryers and glazed with a vanilla icing to ensure they are hot and fresh.

The fried-chicken/doughnut mashup is already polarizing people on social media.

Some saw the menu item as a dangerous option for KFC to offer.

—Steve Marmel (@Marmel) September 17, 2019

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Some people were intrigued.


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Some blamed KFC's new test on Popeyes' recent super-successful chicken sandwich.

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While many people were shocked by KFC's chicken-and-doughnut sandwich, the concept isn't entirely new. Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken, a chain in Chicago, serves a similar menu item, as does Sam's Fried Chicken & Donuts in Houston.

KFC said in the press release that chicken and doughnuts have recently been trendy in areas including Philadelphia, San Diego, and Portland, Oregon.

whole lotta nope for me. anyone else?

10-11-2019, 08:05 AM

11-12-2019, 01:16 PM
KFC rolls out first plant-based fried 'chicken' with Beyond Meat – but we have no idea yet if it will come to South Africa (https://www.businessinsider.co.za/kfc-plant-based-fried-chicken-beyond-meat-2019-8-2?fbclid=IwAR3LuxhYH5LlEnQ1kqu8WKKX0tddpUocEbbwYOu 4F6nBS6KQgV6yavfGB5Q)
Kate Taylor , Business Insider US
Aug 26, 2019, 08:13 PM

KFC is getting into the alternative-meat game.

KFC is testing fried "chicken" made with faux meat, the chain announced on Monday.

The chain teamed up with Beyond Meat to make Beyond Fried Chicken.

The plant-based fried "chicken" will be available at a single KFC in the USA starting on Tuesday.

Whether it will ever come to South Africa is not yet clear.

KFC is getting into the alternative-meat game.

On Monday, the chicken chain announced it was testing Beyond Fried Chicken, in partnership with Beyond Meat. The plant-based fried "chicken" will be available at a single KFC location in Atlanta in the USA starting on Tuesday.

KFC said it would consider customer feedback as it decides whether to test the menu item at more locations or launch it nationally in the United States.

KFC in South Africa could not on Monday say if and when the experiment may come to SA.

In May, Kevin Hochman, the president of KFC's US business, told Business Insider he was meeting with the makers of plant-based "meat" because of the rise of interest in meat alternatives.

"If you would have asked me six months ago, I would have said no, to be completely honest with you," Hochman said. "Because we're about fried chicken."

However, if the buzz around companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat translates into long-term customer demand, KFC will need to test a plant-based meat substitute in the US, Hochman said. The chain has already been testing vegetarian fried "chicken" in the UK.

Beyond Meat has recently announced deals with chains including Subway, Dunkin', and Del Taco.

"It's not that interesting to me that really rich people eat super healthy food. It's not moving the needle," Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown told Business Insider of the company's recent work with restaurant chains.

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12-06-2019, 08:46 AM
KFC marketing continues to amaze me. :eek:

The KFC Yule log is back, but you absolutely should not buy it (https://mashable.com/shopping/dec-6-kfc-holiday-fire-log-is-bad/)

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What better scent for your home to have other than a fried chicken establishment?What better scent for your home to have other than a fried chicken establishment?IMAGE: KFC

The holiday season is now upon us, and KFC has swooped in to stress us the hell out with the return of their "herbs and spices" fire log. That's right, for the low cost of $18.99, you can have your home smelling just like the fried chicken restaurant that is definitely not as good as that other fried chicken restaurant.

KFC's limited-edition, cursed piece of firewood is made from 100% recycled materials — a kind gesture — but that's where the positives stop. The main downside? It makes everything around it smell like musty meat. To quote Mashable culture reporter Chole Bryan, who's had first-hand experience with this seasoning-scented monstrosity: “Meat out of context is not a good smell.”

Walmart's description of the item states that it's a "great gift idea for family and friends," among other things — which we agree with, assuming you dislike both your family and your friends. If that's the case, then by all means, treat them to three hours of fast-food-centric aromas and the menacing presence of Colonel Sanders himself. While the weather outside is frightful, why not give your home a scent to match, right? (Seriously, do not do this.)

Surprisingly, the user reviews for the log are glowing: "Salivating over this smell," (are you?) one reads, "interesting concept," (is it?) says another. No matter the case, we think you're better off getting an actual chicken combo from the popular food chain proper while an actual Yule log burns away in the background. But, if you really want to hurt someone's feelings or are looking for a great gag gift, you can grab one at Walmart (just don't say we didn't warn you).

The KFC Yule log is back, but you absolutely should not buy it
KFC Limited-Edition Herbs & Spices Firelog — $18.99 (https://www.walmart.com/ip/seort/280532214?irgwc=1&sourceid=imp_yKuVyXxs6xyOWEvwUx0Mo34GUkny2wTxRTY63 c0&veh=aff&wmlspartner=imp_1442494&clickid=yKuVyXxs6xyOWEvwUx0Mo34GUkny2wTxRTY63c0)

01-23-2020, 09:41 AM
JANUARY 21, 2020 / 1:58 AM / 2 DAYS AGO
KFC apologizes for 'sexist' Australian ad (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kfc-australia-advertisement-idUSKBN1ZK0WU)

(Reuters) - KFC on Tuesday apologized for an advertisement in Australia that shows two boys ogling a woman’s breasts, after calls from a local campaign group to boycott the fast-food giant over the ad it called “sexist”.

FILE PHOTO: KFC logo is seen in a restaurant located in a communist-era building in Warsaw, Poland October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

The 15-second ad, which has been running on television for the past three weeks and is also posted on KFC Australia’s YouTube channel, shows a woman dressed in a short playsuit check her bottom and adjust her breasts as she looks at her reflection in the window of a parked car.

The car’s window then rolls down to show two young boys staring at the woman’s breasts, before she smiles and says, “Did someone say KFC?”

The Zinger Popcorn box ad has so far garnered over 60,000 views with over 160 dislikes and 700 likes on YouTube.

“We apologize if anyone was offended by our latest commercial. Our intention was not to stereotype women and young boys in a negative light,” a spokesperson for Yum Brands-owned (YUM.N) KFC’s South Pacific unit said.

While many viewers did not approve of the ad, some took to Twitter to label the ad “funny” and said there was no need for the company to apologize.

Collective Shout, a group which campaigns against the objectification of women, condemned the ad and said here it was a "regression to tired and archaic stereotypes where young women are sexually objectified for male pleasure."

“Ads like this reinforce the false idea that we can’t expect better from boys. It is another manifestation of the ‘boys will be boys’ trope, hampering our ability to challenge sexist ideas which contribute to harmful behavior towards women and girls,” the group’s spokeswoman, Melinda Liszewski, said.

Last month, exercise bike maker Peloton Interactive Inc (PTON.O) faced heavy criticism for its Christmas advertisement, in which a woman receiving the company’s bike as a gift from her husband was called “sexist” and “dystopian” on social media.

Some said the husband was “controlling” and “manipulative” as buying his wife an exercise bike suggested that she needed to lose weight.

Both ads were criticized nearly a month after they were first published on online media and television.

Reporting by Shubham Kalia and Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Shinjini Ganguli and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty I wanna see this ad now...:o

02-20-2020, 02:52 PM
More on this here (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?22096-the-Kentucky-Fried-Thread&p=1315803#post1315803).

END TIMES 12:21 P.M.
KFC Gives America Just Four Days to Prepare For the End (https://www.grubstreet.com/2020/02/kfc-announces-return-of-fried-chicken-doughnuts.html)
By Chris Crowley

“Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell.” Photo: Courtesy of KFC/YouTube

We’ve all been waiting for the next great mass-extinction event, and now we know what form it will take: KFC is preparing to spread its nightmarish vision of the future across America, from sea to boiling sea, on February 24. That’s when the chain will introduce its doughnuts to participating restaurants nationwide, following initial experiments on the innocent civilians of Virginia and Pittsburgh last year. Should you wish to participate in the doom, you can have a fried-chicken fillet sandwiched between two glazed doughnuts or, if you’re sane, a basket of chicken with doughnuts. They’ll be sold through March 16 or while supplies last, but we’ll probably all be dead before then, with any remaining people roving the wastelands in search of chicken scraps. Good night, and good luck.

02-27-2020, 09:01 AM
I'll still try this if it comes to my area.

KFC's New Plant-Based 'Vegan' Fried Chicken: Everything You Need To Know (https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/a30983719/vegan-kfc/)
Apparently it's still finger-lickin' good.
FEB 27, 2020

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Plant-based meat has officially infiltrated pretty much every fast food restaurant in the game. Burger King has the Impossible Whopper, White Castle has Impossible Sliders, Dunkin’ has the Beyond Sausage Sandwich, and, now, even KFC (a fast food chain that's literally all about chicken) has hopped on the bandwagon.

Recently, KFC started testing out plant-based chicken nuggets and wings—which they call Beyond Fried Chicken (a.k.a. fried chicken made with Beyond meat)—in certain parts of the U.S.

Verified (https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Gwmn3Fpv9/?utm_source=ig_embed)

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Who knew plants could taste like fried chicken? I did. Introducing KFC’s new @beyondmeat Fried Chicken. It looks like delicious fried chicken and tastes like delicious fried chicken, but it’s made from plants. Get KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken in Charlotte or Nashville before you miss out.

It was a BFD. One Atlanta restaurant sold out of Beyond Fried Chicken in less than five hours. People lined up before the restaurant even opened, and the drive-thru line wrapped around the parking low twice.

Now, KFC has expanded their Beyond Fried Chicken test to more than 70 spots in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee, throughout February, according to a press release.

"We've really pushed the limits to develop plant-based chicken that I think will have KFC and plant-based protein fans saying, 'That's finger lickin' good,’” Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer at KFC U.S., said in the release.

How exactly does this whole chicken-less fried chicken thing work, though? Here's everything you need to know about KFC’s new Beyond Fried Chicken.

What’s KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken made of?

KFC shared online that Beyond Fried Chicken primarily gets its protein from soy, wheat, and pea proteins.

Want more specifics? Here’s the full ingredients list:

Water, Enriched wheat flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Soy Protein Isolate, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Enriched bleached wheat flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Wheat Gluten, Natural Flavor, Yeast Extract, and less than 2 percent of: Breadcrumbs (Wheat Flour, Distilled Vinegar, Sea Salt, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate), Inactive Yeast, Spice Extractives), Chili Pepper, Citric Acid, Garlic Powder, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Modified Wheat Starch, Onion Powder, Pea Extract, Rice Flour, Salt, Spice, Titanium Dioxide (for color).

Yeah, it's long—but, plant-based or not, this is fast food, after all.

Is Beyond Fried Chicken vegan?

Here's the kicker: According to KFC, their Beyond Fried Chicken is 100 percent plant-based, but it's prepped in the same fryers as KFC’s actual chicken. So, it could get contaminated with residue or fat from that real chicken, and therefore isn't technically even vegetarian, let alone vegan.

Is Beyond Fried Chicken gluten-free?

KFC says they bread their Beyond Fried Chicken in a mixture similar to their popcorn nugget breading, meaning that the plant-based option is not gluten-free.

Real Talk: Is Beyond Fried Chicken healthy?

“When we talk about eating more plant-based foods, this isn’t what we mean,” says New York City-based dietitian Samantha Cassetty, RD. “Just like regular fast food, this isn't an everyday food.”

Jessica Cording, RD, nutritionist and author of The Little Book of Game-Changers, agrees: “Fried chicken is still fried chicken. Just because something is plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy.”

“There’s some difference in nutrients, but it’s still fried protein at the end of the day,” says Cording. “If a regular part of your diet, fried foods—whether plant- or animal-based—can have a negative effect on your health.”

Plant-based faux meats are also often made with heavily processed ingredients and contain excessive amounts of sodium—neither of which are great for you, adds Cassetty.

Still, you’re not going to torpedo your healthy eating goals by treating yourself once in a while. “If you’re curious about plant-based foods and you want to give these a try, they can fit in a healthful diet,” Cassetty says. As long as 75 percent of your eats come from minimally-processed plant foods, such as beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and avocados, you're good.

Does KFC offer other plant-based options?

As of right now, KFC doesn't have any other plant-based meal options on the menu.

However, certain KFC side orders, like green beans, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and sweet kernel corn, fit the bill.

Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more.

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09-09-2020, 09:09 AM
This thread is such an odd barometer for U.S. franchises in Asia. Odd yet telling.

KFC operator Yum China expected to raise US$2.2 billion in secondary listing in Hong Kong (https://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/3100204/kfc-operator-yum-china-expected-raise-us22-billion)
The operator of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in mainland China is the latest US-listed firm to raise capital in Hong Kong
Yum China priced its offering at HK$412 a share
Chad Bray
Published: 12:06pm, 4 Sep, 2020

Yum China, the operator of KFC and Pizza Hut in the mainland, is hoping investors in Asia will have a better grasp of consumer trends in its home market. Photo: Bloomberg

Yum China Holdings is set to raise at least HK$17.3 billion (US$2.2 billion) in its secondary offering in Hong Kong pricing its new shares at HK$412, the company said on Friday.
The operator of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in the mainland previously said it planned to sell 41.9 million shares. The transaction would represent a sharp 4.9 per cent discount to its closing price of US$55.92 in New York on Thursday. By comparison, NetEase priced its secondary listing in Hong Kong in June at a tight 2 per cent discount to its closing price in the US, while JD.com’s Hong Kong listing was at a 3.9 per cent discount.
In a statement on Friday, Yum China said it granted the underwriters of its international offering an overallotment option to purchase up to an additional 6.3 million shares at the offer price. If the overallotment is fully exercised, the company would raise HK$19.9 billion.
The offering consists of a sale of about 40.2 million shares to international investors and 1.7 million shares to Hong Kong retail investors.

The deal would be the third-largest fundraising on the Hong Kong bourse this year, after blockbuster secondary listings by JD.com and NetEase as part of a “homecoming” trend among US-listed Chinese companies, according to data from Refinitiv. It also ranks ahead of China Bohai Bank’s US$1.78 billion initial public offering, the biggest debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange this year.

Yum China, which operates about 10,000 restaurants in 1,400 cities and towns in the mainland, spun off from Yum! Brands four years ago.
Shanghai-based Yum China’s Hong Kong listing came as US stock indices broadly declined on Thursday. Yum China’s US-listed shares fell 3.5 per cent on Thursday.

Yum China’s shares recently traded at 37 times its expected earnings, outpacing McDonald’s and Restaurant Brands International, the owner of Burger King, Popeye’s and Tim Horton’s. Wendy’s Company is one of the few quick-service restaurant operators trading in the US at a higher price-to-earnings ratio of 45.8 times.
The company is hoping that investors in Asia will have a better grasp of consumer trends in its home market as it seeks to diversify its shareholder base. The company’s shares will trade on the Hong Kong stock exchange under the symbol 9987 beginning on September 10.
Yum China said it expects to use the proceeds from the offering to expand its restaurant network and increase its digitalisation efforts, including in its supply chain.

The Hong Kong listing follows a challenging period that saw the company forced to close just over one-third of its restaurants in February as parts of the mainland were locked down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Yum China reported a first-quarter profit of US$62 million, its worst quarterly result since a net loss of US$107 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.
To navigate slower foot traffic, the company relied on a digital infrastructure it has been building for years – from ordering apps to facial recognition for payments. It also instituted contactless delivery and contactless takeaway procedures to reassure customers.
In the second quarter, 86 per cent of its orders at KFC restaurants were made via the digital channel, including mobile orders and in-store kiosks, the company said.
More than 99 per cent of its stores reopened by the end of June, but the pace of the recovery was uneven as sales softened in June following improvements in April and in May, the company said.
Yum China’s profit in the second quarter fell 26 per cent to US$132 million, but was an improvement over the first quarter. Same-store sales dropped 11 per cent in the second quarter, with double-digit declines at both of its KFC and Pizza Hut locations.

Consumption remained restrained in China this summer, even as other parts of the world’s second-largest economy picked up as lockdowns eased.
China’s industrial production, a measurement of manufacturing and mining output, grew for the fourth-straight month in July, but retail sales contracted by 1.1 per cent, worse than expected, according to the most recent data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NAB). Imports also fell by 1.4 per cent in July.
R.J. Hottovy, a sector strategist at Morningstar, said 2021 is likely to be a “strong recovery year” at Yum China, with low-double-digit growth in same-store sales and restaurant margins returning to the mid-teens despite planned investments in technology and its supply chain.
“Despite uneven results the past several years, we still have conviction in the longer-term unit growth story for Yum China,” Hottovy said in a research report.
At the same time, rising tensions between Washington and Beijing and regulatory changes in Hong Kong have prompted US-listed Chinese firms to consider secondary listings closer to home, as well as take-private deals.

A group of top US regulators recommended in August that Chinese companies and other foreign issuers who fail to provide access to their audit working papers for oversight be delisted from American bourses by January 2022. The US State Department also asked American colleges and universities to divest their holdings in Chinese companies, warning of the potential for “wholesale delisting”.
Hong Kong has benefited from the uncertain geopolitical environment, attracting a number of high-profile secondary listings from returning Chinese firms, as well as a dual IPO of Ant Group, the operator of Alipay, in the city and Shanghai.
Ant is an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding, which itself raised US$12.9 billion in a secondary listing in Hong Kong in November. Alibaba is the parent company of the South China Morning Post.
“The fact that US is tightening the rules for Chinese companies to be listed in the US, triggered the massive phenomenon of requests for secondary listings in the Hong Kong market,” Jean-Louis Nakamura, chief investment officer for Asia-Pacific at Swiss private bank Lombard Odier and head of its Hong Kong office. “It has helped the Hong Kong exchange to see its capitalisation to grow by a size that would not be reached without this kind of rhetoric and escalation of the skirmish between the two countries.”
Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, CMB International and UBS are serving as joint global coordinators on the offering.
Additional reporting by Ji Siqi

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Yum set to raise at least HK$17.3b in new share sale

Chad Bray

Chad is a senior business reporter focused on finance. He has previously written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

09-11-2020, 09:46 AM
2020. The year of flops.

Yum China flops in Hong Kong debut amid lingering questions about strategy for KFC, Pizza Hut to overcome Covid-19 slump (https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/3100949/yum-china-flops-hong-kong-debut-amid-lingering-questions-about)
Shares of the Shanghai-based company began trading at HK$410, a slight discount to the HK$412 that they were offered at in their HK$17.27 billion (US$2.23 billion) secondary listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange
The stock fell by as much as 6.3 per cent to an intraday low of HK$386.20 in recent trading, ending the day at HK$390.20
Daniel Ren
Alison Tudor-Ackroyd
Daniel Ren in Shanghai and Alison Tudor-Ackroyd
Published: 12:00pm, 10 Sep, 2020

Pedestrians walk past a Pizza Hut restaurant and a KFC restaurant, both operated by Yum China Holdings in Beijing on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg

Yum China Holdings, the owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains in China, got off to a bumpy start in its Hong Kong trading debut when its stock became the first in a long while to open at a loss.
Shares of the Shanghai-based company began trading at HK$410, a slight discount to the HK$412 that they were offered at in their HK$17.27 billion (US$2.23 billion) secondary listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange. The stock fell by as much as 6.3 per cent to an intraday low of HK$386.20 in recent trading before ending its first trading day at HK$390.20 to record an unusual loss for retail investors who have subscribed to it.
“The first-day performance was slightly below market expectations, but it would not damp investors’ enthusiasm in secondary listings,” said He Yan, a hedge fund manager with Shanghai Shiva Investment. “Companies with strong consumer awareness on the mainland are among the favourite stocks for Chinese investors.”
The flop in Yum China’s Hong Kong debut draws a stark contrast with a spate of bumper initial public offerings (IPO) in the city, where stocks gained 50 per cent or more in value when they changed hands for the first time. Just this week, Nongfu Spring successfully completed its HK$8.35 billion IPO, setting the record as the most overbought offer in Hong Kong’s financial history with 1,147 times more investors submitting bids than available shares. The water bottler’s stock debuted at an 85 per cent premium to its offer price.

Yum China’s offering comes as restaurants worldwide are still struggling with social distancing regulations to contain the global coronavirus pandemic.
The chain is betting that its franchise of 10,000 restaurants across 1,400 cities and townships in mainland China stand a better chance of succeeding than other markets, as the nation became the first major economy to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown.

Pedestrians walk past a KFC restaurant operated by Yum China Holdings in Beijing on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg

The Covid-19 pandemic has posed a huge challenge to the restaurant industry and investors were keen on hearing answers to the question of how the management weathered through the challenges and recovery of operating results, said Huang Peihao, head of equity capital markets in Asia for UBS.
“Through a secondary listing in Hong Kong, the company attracted Asian time-zone investors, including those from Hong Kong, mainland China, and Singapore. The secondary listing also facilitates a closer tie with Yum China’s customers,” said Huang, whose bank UBS is joint global coordinator with Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and CMB International for Yum China’s stock offer. “We believe these will support the company‘s medium and long-term development.”
For now, investors appear unconvinced. The Hong Kong shares fell by as much as 3 per cent on the Bright mart grey market overnight, before transactions formally began in the city, signalling that the stock would open at a discount. Yum China’s US-traded American depositary receipts rose 1.7 per cent overnight to US$53.20 in New York.
Yum China posted a 51.5 per cent drop in profit for the first six months of this year, earning US$194 million.
The company granted the underwriters of its international offering an overallotment option to purchase up to an additional 6.3 million shares at the offer price. If the overallotment is fully exercised, the company would raise an additional HK$2.56 billion.

Daniel Ren
Daniel Ren is the SCMP's Shanghai bureau chief. A Shanghai native, Daniel joined the SCMP in 2007 as a Business reporter.

Alison Tudor-Ackroyd
Alison is the Post's Finance Editor. Previously, she was Managing Editor of FinanceAsia; The Wall Street Journal's Asia Pacific Senior Finance Correspondent and before that Reuters' Asia Private Equity Correspondent. She has more than 20 years' experience reporting on finance while based in London, Milan, Paris, Tokyo and now Hong Kong. Alison has moderated panels at numerous summits from Sibos, Milken to Rise. In 2018, she was named Fintech Journalist of the Year and won Outstanding Contribution to Journalism in Asian press awards.

10-27-2020, 08:03 AM
It's (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?22096-the-Kentucky-Fried-Thread&p=1316720#post1316720) back.

The KFC Yule log is back and disgusting as ever (https://mashable.com/shopping/kfc-11-herbs-and-spices-holiday-firelog/)

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Fill your home with the smell of a greasy fast food chain this holiday season.Fill your home with the smell of a greasy fast food chain this holiday season.IMAGE: ENVRIO-LOG
The air is getting colder as we approach the cozy winter months and if you breathe in deep you can catch a whiff of that crisp fall air. Wait, no. That’s crispy chicken we’re smelling.

That’s right — the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices firelog is back, baby. This absolutely cursed log is made for fireplaces, fire pits, and wood stoves and will make your home smell like greasy fried chicken. And who wouldn’t want that?

Warning: The product description says burning the log may result in a craving for fried chicken. It also reminds you that while the firelog smells great (that’s questionable) you should not attempt to eat it — because we know that would be your first instinct, right?

The KFC log burns for up to three unbearable hours and is made from 100% recycled materials, which is a cool move on KFC’s part. While the firelog wouldn’t make the cut for most holiday gift guides, it does actually make for a pretty good white elephant gift.

And the best part? The KFC 11 Herbs & Spices firelog is on sale for $15.88, down from $19.98. It’s not much of a savings, but it’s better than paying full price for something that will likely be a gag gift. Emphasis on the "gag." (And if you truly do enjoy the scent, there’s no judgment here. Well, maybe a little.)

11-05-2020, 05:16 AM
Gosh! It's my all-time favorite.

12-02-2020, 11:51 AM
...or not... I'm pescatarian because I'm Buddhist and I'm not sure how to deal with this.

Singapore approves lab-grown 'chicken' meat (https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55155741)
Published12 hours ago
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/F0BA/production/_115762616_55155741.jpgEat Just chicken nuggets
Singapore has given regulatory approval for the world’s first “clean meat” that does not come from slaughtered animals.

The decision paves the way for San Francisco-based startup Eat Just to sell lab-grown chicken meat.

The meat will initially be used in nuggets, but the company hasn’t said when they will become available.

Demand for alternatives to regular meat has surged due to consumer concerns about health, animal welfare and the environment.

According to Barclays, the market for meat alternatives could be worth $140bn (£104bn) within the next decade, or about 10% of the $1.4tn global meat industry.

Plant-based meat options such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are increasingly found on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus.

But Eat Just’s product is different because it is not plant based, but instead grown from animal muscle cells in a lab.

The company called it a "breakthrough for the global food industry" and hopes other countries will now follow suit.

Over the last decade, dozens of start-ups have attempted to bring cultured meat to market, hoping to win over conventional meat eaters with the promise of a more ethical product.

Two of the largest are Israel-based Future Meat Technologies and the Bill Gates-backed Memphis Meats, which are both trying to enter the market with affordable and tasty lab grown meats.

Singapore’s Shiok Meats is working on lab grown crustacean meats.

While many have touted the environmental benefits, some scientists have suggested it might be worse for climate change under some circumstances.

Challenges ahead
By Mariko Oi, BBC News Singapore

The boss of Eat Just called it "one of the most significant milestones in the food industries" but challenges remain.

Firstly, it is much more expensive to produce lab-grown meat than plant-based products.

Case in point: Eat Just previously said it would sell lab-grown chicken nuggets at $50 each.

The cost has since come down but it will still be as expensive as premium chicken.

Another challenge for the company is the reaction of consumers.

But Singapore's approval of Eat Just's product will likely attract competitors to set up operations in the city state, and it could also prompt other countries to approve it, too.

Presentational grey line
Safe ‘novel food’
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said an expert working group reviewed data on Eat Just’s manufacturing control and safety testing of the cultured chicken.

“It was found to be safe for consumption at the intended levels of use, and was allowed to be sold in Singapore as an ingredient in Eat Just’s nuggets product,” the SFA said.

The agency said it has put in place a regulatory framework for “novel food” to ensure that cultured meat and other alternative protein products meet safety standards before they are sold in Singapore.

“I'm sure that our regulatory approval for cultured meat will be the first of many in Singapore and in countries around the globe,” said Josh Tetrick, the Eat Just co-founder in a media release.

No antibiotics were used in the process, and the chicken had lower microbiological content than conventional chicken, the company said.

“The first-in-the-world regulatory allowance of real, high-quality meat created directly from animal cells for safe human consumption paves the way for a forthcoming small-scale commercial launch in Singapore,” Eat Just said.

12-07-2020, 09:50 AM
It keeps surprising me. Lopez? Really?

Dec 7, 2020 5:00am PT
Colonel Sanders’ Next KFC Commercial is Also a Steamy Lifetime Drama (https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/kfc-colonel-sanders-mario-lopez-lifetime-movie-advertising-1234847449/)

By Brian Steinberg

Courtesy of A+E Networks

Colonel Harland Sanders has for decades captured the fancy of the American public, usually over the course of dozens of 30-second commercials for KFC that break into TV programs. On Sunday, he won’t have to interrupt any longer.

He’s getting his own show.

Mario Lopez will star as the nation’s best-known fried-chicken spokesman in a steamy Lifetime “mini-movie” that hinges less on the chain’s “secret recipe” of 11 herbs and spices and more on dysfunctional family dynamics and forbidden love. And while the Lifetime program, “A Recipe for Seduction,” has all the hallmarks of one of the A+E-owned cable outlet’s high-drama potboilers, it is in essence a 15-minute commercial for the Yum Brands restaurant.

Most advertisers hope their commercials will spur consumers to buy their products after they see the spots. But KFC will use promotions for “Seduction,” which airs at noon on December 13, to order lunch. People who order KFC on Uber Eats for delivery can get six of the chain’s extra crispy tenders for free when they make a purchase totaling more than $20.

“We always want our brand to show up in interesting and unexpected ways in popular culture,” KFC said in a prepared statement. “The KFC and Lifetime mini-movie event is a perfect way to bring fans a fun opportunity to enjoy the holidays with family, friends, and loved ones.” KFC spent more than $195 million on traditional TV advertising in 2019, according to Kantar, a tracker of ad spending.

“A Recipe for Seduction” is just the latest ingredient in a long-simmering stew cooked up by Madison Avenue to foil the increasing disdain the average TV viewer has for traditional commercials. Streaming-video venues like Netflix, Disney Plus and Hulu allow subscribers to watch their favorites with fewer ads – and in many cases none. If advertisers can come up with commercial concepts that are as compelling as the programming they barge in upon, so the thinking goes, they might get consumers to pay more attention than has become the norm.

The Lifetime effort will look a lot like the stuff to which its fans might typically tune. Lopez is also starring in “FelizNoviDAD,” a network holiday movie that premiered last month and that will follow the KFC drama. After debuting on the network, “A Recipe for Seduction” will continue to be available throughout the holiday season on mylifetime.com/christmas-movies, and at all Lifetime apps, and video-on-demand platforms.

“Through a terrific cast, and with a wink to the unique sensibilities celebrated in Lifetime movies, this co-production spotlights each brand’s POV and marries them in a fun and authentic way,” says David DeSocio, executive vice president of ad sales marketing and partnerships at A+E Networks. The ad agency Wieden + Kennedy helped produce the KFC program.

Other advertisers have aspired to create commercials that try to look like independent content. NBC on November 25 aired a one-hour special co-produced by L’Oreal that celebrated female philanthropists. In 2014, WarnerMedia’s HLN aired a six-part reality series, “Growing America,” that was co-produced by Holiday Inn. The hotel chain figured prominently in some of the challenges faced by participants in the series. Discovery that same year aired a program that examined the familiar plagues from the story of Moses. Viewers were not expressly told that the show, “Surviving Exodus,” was commissioned by 20th Century Fox to drum up attention for the release of its movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

Some efforts are decidedly more creative. Arby’s in 2014 released a 13-hour commercial talking about how it smoked brisket. The marathon spot played out only on a local MyNetwork affiliate in Duluth, Minn., but word of the stunt was enough to lure 350,000 unique visitors to watch the video on a website where the average visit lasted 38 minutes.

Yum Brands and KFC have long tested these waters. The chicken emporium made Colonel Sanders the star of several bespoke titles from DC Comics in 2015 and 2017 that put him alongside characters such as Green Lantern and the Flash. The company was a charter sponsor of “The Ocho,” ESPN’s celebration of off-kilter sports probably best left to the sidelines ,and in 2018 supported those efforts with longer-form vignettes that had sportscasters John Buccigross and Kenny Mayne holding forth on an “ESPN Ocho” set introducing new contests in which top athletes try to accomplish their feats while wearing KFC’s signature buckets.

The parent company is certainly cognizant of the power of movies and movie trailers. In 2018, it ran a series of ersatz movie trailers for the debut of its Taco Bell Nacho Fries, realizing TV viewers tended to pay more attention to coming attractions than they did to ads for floor polish or toothpaste.

KFC will face a challenge of a different sort when the movie runs on Sunday. Program ratings from Nielsen will be readily available within 24 hours – letting Lifetime as well as a host fast-food competitors understand quickly just how many people watched the steamy chicken drama in real time. KFC’s fried-fowl recipe may be secret, but one measure of its commercial’s success will not be.

12-08-2020, 11:21 PM
It keeps surprising me. Lopez? Really?

Will she really be? Awesome!

12-28-2020, 10:11 AM
This thread...KFC marketing...I can't even. :eek:

KFC has created a console that's more powerful than the PS5 and has a built-in 'chicken chamber' to keep your meal warm (https://www.businessinsider.com/kfc-launches-games-console-that-keeps-your-fried-chicken-warm-2020-12)
Kate Duffy Dec 23, 2020, 8:28 AM
KFConsole heats up fried chicken. KFC

KFC announced Tuesday the creation of a new gaming console, KFConsole, which has a built-in "chicken chamber" to keep food warm in while users play.

The bucketlike console has a cooling system that transfers the heat from the components to the chicken chamber, keeping the hardware cool and the chicken warm.

The chicken chain has partnered with Cooler Master, Intel, Asus, and Seagate to create the KFConsole.

"If Sony or Microsoft want any tips on how to engineer a chicken chamber for their efforts next time, they'd be welcome to get in touch," the public-relations and social-media lead at KFC UK and Ireland said.
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The fast-food chain KFC has created a new high-end gaming console that comes with a built-in "chicken chamber" to keep your chicken warm while you play.

KFC teamed up with Cooler Master to create the "KFConsole," the chicken chain said in a statement on Tuesday. It is essentially a high-end gaming PC with components made by Intel, Asus, and Seagate.

It's a powerful machine: KFC says it can run games at 4K resolution at 240 frames per second — more than the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X can manage. It can also run virtual-reality games, according to KFC and Cooler Master's website.

The bucketlike console has a cooling system that transfers the heat produced by the components to the chicken chamber, helping to keep the hardware cool and the "finger lickin' good" chicken warm.

"The Bargain Bucket-shaped machine features the world's first built in chicken chamber, which is kitted out to keep its contents hot, ready for consumption during intense gaming sessions," KFC said.

The KFConsole chicken chamber. KFC
Cooler Master didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. An Intel spokesperson said they didn't have anything additional to share at this stage beyond the details on the Cooler Master website.

The cost and release date of the KFConsole haven't yet been announced.

It also includes an Intel Nuc 9 Extreme Compute Element and two Seagate BarraCuda 1TB SSD drives for storage, Cooler Master said.

"This machine is capable of running games at top-level specs, all on top of keeping your meal warm for you to enjoy during your gaming experience ... what's not to like?" Mark Cheevers, the public-relations and social-media lead at KFC UK and Ireland, said in the statement.

"If Sony or Microsoft want any tips on how to engineer a chicken chamber for their efforts next time, they'd be welcome to get in touch," he said.

Stephen James, the global PR and influencer manager at Cooler Master, said in the press release: "When we were approached by KFC Gaming to make the KFConsole, we jumped at the chance to get involved and enter the console war."

He added: "The KFConsole has been custom built with the gamer at the front of mind. The last thing we want is anyone to go hungry while playing!"

One Twitter user responded to KFC's tweet by asking how "Cyberpunk 2077," which has sold more than 13 million copies, would run on the console. KFC replied: "It runs better than any console."

This isn't the only mind-boggling invention KFC has come up with in recent years.

In February, the fast-food chain collaborated with Crocs to create shoes with fried chicken painted on them, topped with a chicken-scented charm. The shoes sold out within half an hour after their launch in July.

KFC announced the release of its 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog in December 2018 — basically a log that smells like fried chicken.

Will she really be? Awesome! She? Mario is a boy but I can see where you might make that mistake...:p

03-09-2021, 07:47 PM
China’s appetite for meat fades as vegan revolution takes hold (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/09/chinas-appetite-for-meat-fades-as-vegan-revolution-takes-hold?fbclid=IwAR06aNBZX6mOfZrRKheuEtUMwpDrNHcdWnMc UjMb0RfK5zVF9StRIQnPl2M)
Concerns over carbon emissions and food crises are fuelling a move away from meat consumption as a symbol of wealth

An advertisement for plant-based products at a KFC store in Hangzhou. International and domestic chains are expanding their range of meat alternatives. Photograph: VCG/Getty Images
Crystal Reid
Tue 9 Mar 2021 05.07 EST

The window of a KFC in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou hosts the image of a familiar mound of golden nuggets. But this overflowing bucket sporting Colonel Sanders’ smiling face is slightly different. The bucket is green and the nuggets within it are completely meat free.

Over the last couple of years, after many years of rising meat consumption by China’s expanding middle classes for whom eating pork every day was a luxurious sign of new financial comforts, the green shoots of a vegan meat revolution have begun to sprout. Although China still consumes 28% of the world’s meat, including half of all pork, and boasts a meat market valued at $86bn (£62bn), plant-based meat substitutes are slowing carving out a place for themselves among a new generation of consumers increasingly alarmed by food crises such as coronavirus and African swine fever.

China’s most cosmopolitan cities are now home to social media groups, websites and communities dedicated to meat-free lifestyles. VegeRadar, for example, has compiled comprehensive maps of vegetarian and vegan restaurants all across China. According to a report by the Good Food Institute, China’s plant-based meat market was estimated at 6.1bn yuan (£675m) in 2018 and projected to grow between 20 and 25% annually.

Yun Fanwei, a 25-year-old student from Shanghai, is one of a new breed of vegetarians hungry for more options. “I buy some of these fake meat products and a lot of them are pretty good. They don’t necessarily taste like meat, but it makes a nice change from tofu,” she said.

Eating meat has been closely connected with the growing affluence of China. In the 1960s, the average Chinese person consumed 5kg of meat a year. This had shot up to 20kg by the time of former leader Deng Xiaoping’s “reform and opening” of the late 1970s, and to 48kg by 2015.

A woman smells meat before buying it at Xihua farmer’s market in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. After the coronavirus outbreak China brought in new regulations on the trade and consumption of wild animals. Photograph: Alex Plavevski/EPA
But in 2016, as part of its pledge to bring down carbon emissions, the Chinese government outlined a plan to cut the country’s meat intake by 50%. It was a radical move, and so far very few other governments around the world have included meat consumption in their carbon-reduction plans.

The new guidelines, which called on citizens to consume just 40-75g of meat a day, were promoted with a series of public information adverts featuring the actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and director James Cameron. Since then there have been few other concrete steps taken, other than the president, Xi Jinping, last August launching a “clean plate campaign” aimed at reducing the “shocking and distressing” 40% of food that goes straight from Chinese dinner tables into the bin. Some commentators speculated that asking Chinese citizens to reduce their meat consumption was felt to be particularly unpopular.

But alternative proteins are seen as a possible route forwards. Last year at the annual “two sessions” parliament, Sun Baoguo, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, called for more investment in and regulation and promotion of artificial meat.

Some of the biggest international chains operating in China have been quick to bet on the growth of alternative meats. KFC is now selling vegan chicken nuggets, Burger King is offering an Impossible Whopper, and Starbucks is serving Beyond Meat pastas, salads and wraps.

But domestic companies are setting up shop too, betting that state backing will come soon, not least because the government may see alternative proteins as a way to let citizens continue to have the “luxury” of meat while also moving towards its carbon-reduction goals. That optimism has led to several Chinese competitors entering the market alongside international powerhouses such as Cargill, Unilever and Nestlé, as well as the vegan meat poster-children Impossible and Beyond.

Packets of plant-based OmniPork on sale at a Green Common plant-based grocery store in Hong Kong. Photograph: Getty Images
OmniFoods, which launched in Hong Kong in 2018, is one of a band of regional startups jostling for market share, having recently opened a multi-brand vegan shop and restaurant in Shanghai and secured its signature product, OmniPork, in McDonald’s in Hong Kong and Aldi, White Castle and Starbucks on the mainland. The company, which plans to operate in 13 countries this year, also just completed its UK soft launch for Veganuary, during which OmniPork was turned into everything from scotch eggs to Korean bibimbap at participating restaurants.

The OmniFoods founder, David Yeung, hopes the opening of a China-based factory next year will help bring down the price of his products. Plant-based proteins currently cost much more than their meat counterparts, a major barrier when it comes to getting China’s notoriously thrifty shoppers to make the switch. “Obviously minimising logistics and middle parties and creating economies of scale will have a big impact on the value chain. As we cut these expenses in China, we foresee a significant price drop,” Yeung said.

Shanghai-based Z-Rou produces a plant-based mince substitute which is already in the canteens of some of China’s top international schools, hospitals and businesses. Its CEO, Franklin Yao, is targeting opinion leaders and middle-class consumers who can afford to make conscious choices. “They would even be willing to pay more as they know they’re getting a healthier product that’s helping ensure the future of the planet their children are inheriting. That’s priceless.”

A chef makes spaghetti bolognese with plant-based OmniPork as David Yeung, the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Green Monday, looks on at the Kind Kitchen restaurant in Hong Kong. Photograph: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Other China players include Zhenmeat, which makes plant-based beef, pork and crayfish, and Starfield, whose seaweed-based mince alternative has been turned into dishes at some of China’s leading restaurant chains.

Yao admits the industry is still very small in China but he thinks meat-free substitutes will become mainstream very soon. “Chinese consumers are actively looking for more sustainable products. While the link between meat and the environment is still weak among the majority of the population, the interest is there and China learns fast.”

But weaning people off meat may prove harder than some of these companies would like to think. “I’ve tried a vegetarian braised pork dish before but it’s not the same as real meat,” said 64-year-old retiree Bao Gege. “The taste, texture and nutritional values are not comparable. I wouldn’t try it again, even if it was cheaper than meat.”

the-Kentucky-Fried-Thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?22096-the-Kentucky-Fried-Thread)
Vegan-Vegetarian (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?10601-Vegan-Vegetarian)

05-12-2021, 10:02 AM
Chinese Students Found a Way to Eat KFC for Free. It Didn’t End Well. (https://www.vice.com/en/article/dyvpza/china-kfc-fraud)
How far would you go for free fried chicken?

By Viola Zhou
May 12, 2021, 3:17am

Five students in China have been jailed for taking advantage of a loophole in KFC’s online ordering systems to get free meals and resell them for profits.

The students were recently sentenced to up to two and a half years in prison for swindling KFC out of more than $30,000 worth of food, Chinese news outlet Thepaper.cn reported on Tuesday, citing the Xuhui district court in Shanghai.

A 23-year-old university student surnamed Xu first spotted the loophole in April 2018. He accidentally found out that he could get free food by paying for food using coupons in one KFC app and seeking a refund of the coupons immediately using another app.

Since then, Xu had been getting free food at KFC for himself and reselling the coupons online, according to the report. He also reportedly shared knowledge about the apps’ flaws with four of his schoolmates.

From April to October that year, the free food Xu ordered cost KFC about $9,000, and the other four students each caused losses ranging from $1,400 to $7,300 to the company, the court said.

The court ruled that the five had committed fraud and the crime of imparting criminal methods by taking advantage of the data mismatch in KFC’s ordering systems.

They received prison terms ranging from 15 to 30 months, and were ordered to pay fines ranging from $155 to $930.

Responding to trending reports about the case, some internet users say the sentences levied on the students were too harsh, arguing that KFC’s online ordering gaps should be blamed.

KFC is one of the most popular fast-food chains in China. The brand has more than 7,000 stores in China, compared with about 4,000 in the United States.

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When it comes to dumb reasons to go to prison, this is way up there.