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.

Strikes Hit the Big Apple's Largest Fast Food Chains

New Yorkers saw 200 workers on strike this week at the city’s largest fast food chains, as employees at dozens of McDonald's, Burger Kings, and Taco Bells held a one day strike to call for higher wages to support their families and the right to form a union without interference.

KFC Asks Fans to "Pass the Bucket" to Fight Hunger

Colonel Harland Sanders' secret recipe to a well-lived life included giving back to the community and helping those in need. This year, KFC will again honor the Colonel's legacy by raising money to feed the hungry through KFC's "Recipe for Hope," a part of Yum! Brands' annual World Hunger Relief campaign.

KFC is calling on fans to "Pass the Bucket" on Facebook this month to raise awareness and funds for World Hunger Relief. The brand has more than 5 million "likes" on its U.S. Facebook page, giving the brand plenty of potential recruits for the Colonel's fundraising army.

KFC Cooks Up Recipe for Safety in Oil Management

While Col. Sander’s famous “finger-lickin’ good” chicken taste has stayed the same for decades, some KFC restaurants have entered a new era when it comes to handling its fryer oil.

Restaurant Technologies, Inc (RTI) is helping Central Iowa–based KFC franchisee Kevin Schlutz optimize his oil-management operations with its innovative closed-loop process and services.

The RTI Total Oil Management (TOM) solution eliminates the often messy and time-consuming process of manually handling oil, while maximizing Schlutz’s food quality and bottom line.

For Subway and Dunkin' Donuts, Simple is Best

For three years running, the quick-service segment, including Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, and McDonald’s, is considered one of the simplest industries by U.S. consumers (ranking No. 2 out of 25 industries) according to results from the third annual Global Brand Simplicity Index.

The study, released by global strategic branding firm Siegel+Gale, also found that despite their simplicity, quick-service restaurants stand to gain $2.6 billion more from consumers who said they are willing to pay more for even simpler experiences.

Yum! Celebrates 4,000th KFC and 25 Years in China

Yum! Brands announced that Yum! China Division has recently opened its 4,000th KFC restaurant located in Dalian, China.

The milestone commemorates the company’s 25th anniversary in China, highlighting Yum! Brands’ leading position and rapid growth as China’s largest restaurant company.

Yum! has become the largest and fastest-growing restaurant company in China by pursuing a broad-based development program supported by a sophisticated supply chain infrastructure and more.