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Headquarters tour shows brand hard at work on quality, consistency.
Quick service restaurant icon KFC is improving menu options while focusing on consistency.
KFC opened a new store prototype in its hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Images of the late Col. Harlan Sanders are everywhere as you walk through the Louisville, Kentucky, headquarters of KFC and its parent, Yum! Brands. Not only are there plenty of photos and videos of the company founder and creator of the world’s most popular fried chicken recipe, but there are also statues of him both standing and sitting, as well as an animatronic version in the onsite Col. Sanders Museum.

KFC Looks to Fight Hunger with #FillUpForGood Campaign

The holidays are a time to be grateful and to give back, and that's what KFC plans to do with the launch of its #FillUpForGood campaign. Teaming up with Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, KFC invites consumers to help KFC reach its goal to fund 1 million meals to those in need this holiday season.

KFC Costa Rica Team Wins YUM!'s Regional Challenge

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YUM! holds an annual competition in Latin America and the Caribbean for the purpose of evaluating its KFC restaurants that are located throughout the region. This competition is known as C.H.A.M.P.S. Team Challenge. And this year, KFC Costa Rica, with a five-person team, earned First Place as Regional Champion for the second time in just three years.

Hold the Bread

The quick-service industry isn’t quite what it used to be. Gone are the days when a simple roll or slices of white bread sufficed as carriers for a burger or sandwich.

These days, with innovation required in an increasingly competitive field, sandwich carriers ranging from doughnuts and lettuce to ramen noodles and fried chicken are combining creativity with novelty to develop tasty twists on tradition.

Colonel Surprises Kentuckians for KFC's $5 Fill-Up Launch

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Paying homage toKFC’s humble beginnings in Corbin, Kentucky—where fried chicken pioneer Colonel Sanders first cooked for hungry travelers at his service station—KFC and the Colonel went back to their roots this week to celebrate the brand’s new $5 Fill-Up meals, presenting consumers with a bit of nostalgia for when you could get a hot meal and fill up your car for just $5.

KFC’s Canadian Fast Casual Opens 2nd Unit, Adds Beer

Nicolas Burquier, general manager of KFC Canada, with CMO David Vivenes.

KFC Canada is keeping things Fresh with the announcement that its new urban fast-casual concept, first piloted in December 2013 as KFC Select, is expanding. 

“KFC Fresh began as Canada’s incubator for signature innovation, so we’re delighted to announce that we’re expanding and evolving the concept with a new location at the Stockyards mall in Toronto and an expanded menu,” says Nicolas Burquier, general manager of KFC Canada.

Holding It Together

Grab-and-go items, once a staple of nontraditional spaces like college campuses and airports, have gone mainstream.

Today, operations ranging from convenience stores to standalone quick-service restaurants are adding prepackaged items like fresh carrots with ranch dip, pre-made chicken wraps, or yogurt parfaits. And they’re doing so for a good reason: Every day, 28 million Americans eat a grab-and-go snack, according to data from consumer market research firm The NPD Group.

Sizing Up Google Glass

Operators explore ways to leverage tech giant’s latest innovation.

Fast food operators use Google Glass product to train kitchen employees.
Capriotti's is testing Google Glass as a training tool in the kitchen.

While the majority of the restaurant industry is still trying to figure out how to leverage Google Glass to enhance operations, at least two limited-service operators have successfully used the new technology for training employees.

KFC, part of Yum! Brands, and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, a 104-unit chain based in Las Vegas, have tested Google Glass for training purposes. While the popular technology was previously only released to 8,000 users that Google selected via Twitter, Google recently offered Glass for sale for one day only.

All Aboard the Fast-Casual Bandwagon

Taco Bell the latest quick serve to add a fast-casual sister brand.

Quick service brands open new upscale concepts to compete with fast casual.
Taco Bell's new U.S. Taco Co. brand mixes a more comfortable store environment with premium menu options to compete for fast-casual customers. Taco Bell

Fast casual has dominated foodservice success stories in recent years, with the category sporting an 11 percent sales hike in 2013, according to Technomic. That success has inspired several traditional quick-service brands to jump on the fast-casual bandwagon with wholly new sister brands, the latest example being Taco Bell with its new U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Taproom brand.

With its edgy “Day of the Dead” theming and upscale fusion menu items, U.S. Taco Co. aims to stand out from both Taco Bell as well as other fast-casual operators.

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