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|Founded||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Key people||Col. Harland Sanders|
|Products||Fast food, including chicken and related Southern foods|
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc., and is based in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Originally founded by Col. Harland Sanders, KFC is known mainly for its fried chicken, which is usually served in a bucket.
Col. Sanders originally began selling his chicken at his gas station in 1939 in Corbin, Kentucky and later at a motel. He closed it down in the late 1940s when the Interstate freeway bypassed the town. In the early 1950s he began to travel the United States and he met Pete Harman in Salt Lake City, Utah and together they opened the world's first Kentucky Fried Chicken (his gas station and motel did not bear that name) in 1952. Sanders sold the entire KFC franchise in 1964 for $2 million, and it has since been sold three more times, most recently to PepsiCo, who made it part of their Tricon Global Restaurants division, now known as Yum! Brands, Inc. In 1997, Tricon was spun-off from PepsiCo.
The company adopted the abbreviated form of its name in 1991 for three reasons: to de-emphasize chicken (since the chain was moving to offering other foods), to avoid the unhealthy connotations of the word 'fried', and because a shorter name was considered more appealing to the youth market.  In 2004 the company tried to further re-brand itself, featuring the term "Kitchen Fresh Chicken" in its advertisements (and noting in the fine print that its freshness claim does not apply to the chicken wings).
In April 2005, KFC opened a new restaurant in its hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, under the original name of Kentucky Fried Chicken and plans to add at least 50 more.
The Colonel's secret recipe of eleven herbs and spices remains one of the best-kept trade secrets in business. The original, handwritten recipe is locked securely in a vault in Louisville, with partial copies stored elsewhere as backup. The two suppliers of the seasonings each only provide parts of the recipe, and do not know each other's identity. Not even the company's president knows the ingredient list, and the few people who do are subject to a strict confidentiality agreement. Several people have contacted KFC, claiming to have found copies of the recipe, but KFC claims that none have been correct. A couple who purchased the Colonel's original home found another handwritten recipe in the basement, and, although it was written by Sanders, it was determined to be nothing like the original.
However, author William Poundstone, in his 1985 book "Big Secrets", claimed that a chemical test revealed that the ingredients of the coating amount to nothing more than salt, ground black pepper, flour, and MSG. KFC continues to insist that their recipe has eleven herbs and spices.
Beyond the fried chicken, KFC also serves side-dishes like coleslaw, various potato-based items (including french fries, potato wedges, and whipped (mashed) potatoes with gravy), corn on the cob and biscuits. KFC also offers other entreés such as Popcorn Chicken, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, pork ribs and a variety of desserts – though not all may be found in all locations, particularly in non-US locations. Some sides are also unique and available only in a particular region.
KFC is also currently experimenting with pot pies and boneless and roasted chicken in addition to its core food offering.
In New Zealand, television advertisements for the chain featured the slogan "Kiwi For Chicken". In 2002 Greenpeace created a fake website dubbing KFC "Kiwi For Cheapskates", and KFC responded with a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) on a news website which had run ads linking to that fake site. 
On October 16, 2003, Playboy model and actress Pamela Anderson joined PETA in their animal rights campaign against KFC urging consumers to boycott the franchise until better treatment of its chickens is ensured.
On June 3, 2004, the FTC and KFC came to a settlement regarding KFC's advertising campaign claiming that "fried chicken can, in fact, be part of a healthy diet." The terms of the agreement were not disclosed; however, the TV commercials stopped airing after the settlement. 
On July 20, 2004, PETA released a video of cruelty to chickens taken at Pilgrim's Pride, one of KFC's suppliers in West Virginia. The supplier stated that it would investigate the claims.  Pilgrim's Pride fired eleven employees following the release of the video and provided animal cruelty training to its work force, however, none of the employees involved in the incident faced any criminal charges. 
On 26 January 2006, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher refused Pamela Anderson's PETA-backed demand to remove a statue of Colonel Sanders from the Kentucky Capitol Building after Yum! and Churchill Downs announced an agreement that Yum! would become the main sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. A few days later, Anderson announced she would not attend the horse race again.
A few countries have discovered that the MSG levels in KFC foods exceeded their regulations (such as India). Some scientists believe that MSG is a health hazard, and KFC was often put on the top of high MSG foods to avoid (an average 2% MSG was found in most analysis).
|Andorra||Only has 2 outlets, one in the Capitial Andorra La Vella, another one in Escaldes.|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Arab Emirates|
|United States||in addition to the initial franchises.|
KFC employs a high proportion of young and unskilled workers, and frequently pays at or just above minimum wages. Most KFC workers are not unionized.
In New Zealand, KFC youth workers earn NZ$7.13 an hour. Staff at the Balmoral, Auckland store went on strike for two hours on 3 December 2005 after Restaurant Brands, the franchise holder, offered no wage increase in contract negotiations.  On February 22, 2006, a rolling strike with flying pickets ground four stores to a halt (Balmoral, Massey, Manukau and Lincoln Road) in a day of action against youth rates, supporting Green MP Sue Bradford's bill to outlaw pay discrimination against young workers. This Campaign is led by Supersizemypay.com and the Unite Union. In March 2006, Restaurant Brands agreed to phase out youth rates in New Zealand, although no date was set.
In Australia many KFC stores are covered by an enterprise bargaining agreement with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA). Despite this, their wages are barely above the Award rate of pay.
In Calgary, a KFC outlet was forced to close temporarliy due to lack of staffing because of a labor shortage.
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