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    KFC & Alibaba

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    7/01/2015 @ 9:05AM 523 views
    McDonald's, 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
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    So ttt-able

    Osaka fried chicken is sibling devourin’ good, implies morbidly funny ad
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    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
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    中国ケンタッキーでピンク色バーガーが爆誕!! 『ローズ味バーガー』を




    ew
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    KF Salmon?!

    Kentucky Fried Chicken becomes Kentucky Fried Salmon with Japan-only seasonal specials
    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.



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    I would totally try this. If only I was in Japan....
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    Fight over fried chicken turns fatal


    Fight over fried chicken turns fatal in W. Houston

    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?
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    Chicken Licken FTW!

    I deem this double post worthy.

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    The Colonel of Two Worlds

    Oh DC. At what price?



    KENTUCKY FRIED COMICS

    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.
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    This thread has been surprisingly fruitful when it comes to Asian news

    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



    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
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    ttt 4 2016!

    I'm beginning to think this thread is our best China barometer.

    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.
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    Mutant chicken was a hoax

    KFC China Triumphs in Lawsuit Over Mutant Chicken Rumors
    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's east coast branch.

    AUTHENTICALLY NASHVILLE! ALSO AUTHENTICALLY HOT. ALSO AUTHENTICALLY 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!
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    mutant wormy secret recipe - works for China!

    BUSINESS

    FEBRUARY 3, 2016
    KFC CHINA BOOSTS YUM! BRANDS’ SALES — DESPITE HISTORY OF POOR PERFORMANCE
    CHRISTOPHER BROWN

    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

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    $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.
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    My my...

    ...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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    “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.
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    Valentine's bucket

    I really don't think you'll get any if you adopt this strategy for Valentines.

    KFC is trialling romantic date night table service for Valentine’s Day
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    I really don't think you'll get any if you adopt this strategy for Valentines.
    Might be a fun gimmick if the customers are 15 years old

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    KFC Tibet

    KFC Becomes First American Fast Food Chain to Enter Tibet
    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


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    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.
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