Industry News | January 6, 2010

Put Out Fires with the Help of KFC

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To help cities pay for needed fire safety repairs and improvements during difficult economic times, KFC unveiled an advertising campaign to bring the brand’s logo to neighborhood fire hydrants and fire extinguishers in public buildings. Designed to launch KFC’s new Fiery Grilled Wings, the advertising program supports the important issue of fire prevention and safety.

“With January being the peak month for residential fires, KFC wanted to raise awareness about this important issue and launch our new KFC Fiery Grilled Wings by supporting local fire departments nationwide,” says Javier Benito, executive vice president of marketing and food innovation for KFC. “This unique marketing concept will help pay for new fire extinguishers and fire hydrants in cities in exchange for branding the equipment with Fiery Grilled Wings logos.”

In Brazil, Indiana, 85 fire hydrants needed repairs the city couldn’t afford due to budget constraints. To help, KFC repaired hydrants while also branding them with the KFC and Fiery Grilled Wings logos.

“Brazil has been faced with budget constraints for several years, and unfortunately, fire hydrant maintenance has suffered because of them,” says Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw. “We’re thrilled that KFC recognizes that cities are being forced to make these difficult decisions and has stepped up to help us.”

Just over 60 miles east along I-70, KFC teamed up with Third Street Partners to provide Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard with branded residential smoke detectors as well as branded fire extinguishers for gyms and recreation centers throughout the city.

Creative public/private partnerships have become a mainstay in Indiana’s capitol city and have served as a way for many municipal agencies to overcome budget shortfalls. Third Street Partners represents the City of Indianapolis as it seeks to create revenue-generating public/private partnerships for the city.

Additionally, KFC issued an open offer to mayors nationwide, asking them to describe their need for fire extinguishers and hydrants in their community. Three other cities will receive KFC’s assistance.

“Public safety is job one in Indianapolis,” says Mayor Ballard. “Cities everywhere are working to overcome budget challenges, and partnerships like this one with KFC offer a welcome opportunity to support important fire prevention and safety efforts.”

KFC’s track record of private/public partnerships began last spring when the brand issued an open offer to mayors of cities nationwide asking them to describe their city streets’ state of disrepair. Four cities from coast to coast received KFC-refreshed potholes, branded via a large stencil that read “Re-Freshed by KFC” in eye-catching, but non-permanent, street chalk.

“We are always looking for outside-the-bucket marketing ideas,” Benito added. “Much like our ‘Re-Freshed by KFC’ pothole repair program that promoted our fresh chicken, this partnership was tailor-made for our new Fiery Grilled Wings.”

KFC’s new Fiery Grilled Wings are slow grilled to seal in the heat, marinated in a blend of chili peppers, and covered in spices.