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KFC Adds the Gravy to Original Recipe Bites

KFC is pairing its modern, grown-up Bites with a classic grown-up sauce to create the Original Recipe Bites with Dipping Gravy.

“When we introduced Original Recipe Bites last year, KFC set the standard for what bite-sized chicken should be,” says Jason Marker, chief marketing officer for KFC U.S. “Pairing Original Recipe Bites with Dipping Gravy is not only an homage to Colonel Sanders and the high standards he put on gravy taste; it’s also a direct response to the thousands of ‘fanatics’ that rave about our gravy every day.”

UFPC Renames Contracter Connection Division

Dale Holden, senior vice president of Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op (UFPC), announced that UFPC Contractor Connection, a value-added services program for restaurant owners since 2009, will be renamed UFPC Facilities Connection.

UFPC Contractor Connection, a construction products and services business, has been a strategic partner of UFPC Equipment Sales since its initial inception in 2009.

QSR International Celebrates 100th Quiznos Unit in Ecuador

QSR International, a 141-unit multibrand master franchise quick-service restaurant developer conducting business in 15 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, recently celebrated the opening of its 100th Quiznos restaurant in the new Paseo San Francisco Shopping Center in Quito, Ecuador.

Paseo San Francisco is located in the fastest-growing area of Ecuador’s capital city.

Africa: The Final Frontier?

They knew it wouldn’t be easy. Being the first U.S. quick serve to enter a foreign country always comes with a share of challenges.

But for Cinnabon’s executives, becoming the first U.S. franchise to open in Libya didn’t just include dealing with training and supply-chain difficulties. The brand also faced political instability that eventually resulted in a revolution.

KFC Goes Home-Style with Chunky Chicken Pot Pie

Featuring tender pieces of KFC's world-famous chicken, the Chunky Chicken Pot Pie is a combination of diced potatoes, green peas, and carrots in a home-style sauce and topped with a flaky, buttery crust.

“We know that people love classic, home-style meals, but they don’t always have time to make them, and then they have difficulty finding one that is made quickly and worth eating,” says Jason Marker, chief marketing officer for KFC US. “Freshly baked to golden perfection throughout the day, the Chunky Chicken Pot Pie is quick comfort food at its best.”

KFC Franchisee Partners with MonkeyMedia

MonkeyMedia Software, a provider of turnkey catering and off-premise solutions for multiunit restaurant operators, has announced that KBP Foods, the second-largest KFC franchise operator, will deploy MonkeyCatering and MonkeyOnlineOrdering to enable end-to-end visibility and control over the company’s catering business.

KBP Foods started in 1999 with five restaurants in Colorado, and has quickly grown throughout the U.S. to more than 170 restaurants in eight states.

KFC's Gameday Bucket Support Teaches Art of 'Couchgating'

There’s watching the game and then there’s “couchgating,” the act of enjoying a big-time sporting event from the comfort of your couch. KFC, Official Sponsor of Couchgating, understands that the latter hinges on a few key factors—a comfy sofa, a group of friends, and most importantly, the right game-day food. With that in mind, KFC is introducing the Gameday Bucket: 8 pieces of chicken, 8 Hot Wings, and 10 Original Recipe Bites, sure to be the MVP of any game watching party.

10 Trends for 2013

The menu items, promotional tools, and business strategies that will affect quick serves this year.

Menu items like Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad use popular buzzwords.
Wendy's used the popular buzzword "fresh" to promote its Berry Almond Chicken Salad. Wendy's

What would the start of another year be without predictions? Whether analyzing politics, the silver screen, or stock markets, experts try to offer a peek at the trends we can expect in the coming year.

The restaurant industry is no different. Throughout 2012’s fourth quarter, various consultants, chefs, and operators gazed into their crystal balls and forecasted the hot restaurant ideas and issues of 2013.

The following 10 trends, according to those experts, seem most likely to impact quick-service and fast-casual restaurants this year.

KFC Franchisee Sees Success with Oil-Management System

Every franchise group manager has an “efficiency” goal: How do you run locations better, maintain great food, and happy employees while doing more with less?

For Matt Hansen, senior vice president of operations at KBP Foods, adding an automated oil-management system was the answer. 



KBP owns 163 KFC restaurants across the U.S. Each location had a basic system to monitor oil usage, but managers didn’t have access to centralized reporting, oil-usage monitoring over time, or data to help use oil more efficiently.

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