Yum! Restaurants International, Inc. (YRI) is the combination of three world-famous brands ( KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell). Bigger isn't always better, but for Yum! Restaurants International, size is an important asset.
Yum! Restaurants International
Over 37,000 restaurants in over 117 countries
A young Canadian named Bob Lapointe started the fast food revolution in Australia in 1968 when he opened the first KFC (formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken) restaurant at Guildford in Sydney's western suburbs.
KFC History - Colonel Sanders
Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken, was born on September 9, 1890.
After a series of jobs, in the mid 1930s at the age of forty, Colonel Sanders bought a service station, motel and cafe at Corbin, a town in Kentucky about 25 miles from the Tennessee border.
He began serving meals to travellers on the dining table in the living quarters of his service station because he did not have a restaurant.
It is here that Sanders began experimenting with different seasonings to flavour his chicken which travellers loved and for which he soon became famous.
He then moved across the street to a motel and restaurant, which seated 142 people. During the next nine years he developed his secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices and the basic cooking technique which is still used today.
He sold up and travelled the United States by car, cooking chicken for restaurant owners and their employees. If the reaction was favourable Sanders entered into a handshake agreement on a deal which stipulated a payment to him of a nickel for each chicken the restaurant sold.
By 1964, from that humble beginning, Colonel Harland Sanders had 600 franchise outlets for his chicken across the United States and Canada.
Later that year Colonel Sanders sold his interest in the United States operations for $2 million.
The 65-year-old gentleman had started a worldwide empire using his $105 social security cheque.
Sadly, Colonel Harland Sanders passed away on December 16th, 1980 aged 90.
KFC now stretches world wide with more than 9,000 stores in 86 countries serving the Colonel's Original Recipe.
At YRI in Australia we share…
"A passion for putting a ‘YUM’ on people’s faces around the world… that special eating experience that makes you smile and creates lifelong customers.”
And whilst creating such an experience isn’t always easy, we have a pretty good idea of what it takes - food that customers crave at “come-back” value and restaurant teams that deliver service so good that it drives sales!
At Yum! brands, we only succeed when you do - we share a vision for success and we offer a system to help franchisees achieve it.
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