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KFC plans to do something it hasn’t done in years: Grow U.S. units

The chain, buoyed by its chicken sandwich and digital efforts, expects to finish 2021 with more domestic restaurants than it had the previous year. It would be the first time in 17 years.


Will Burger King's chicken sandwich hurt its sister chain Popeyes? Probably not

The two sandwiches are similar, but RB's The Bottom Line notes that the burger chain is probably late with its version as the market for such items has exploded.

The leading chicken concepts in Technomic’s Top 500 sales ranking all showed positive growth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The chains are all taking national their own takes on the popular product that has engulfed much of the restaurant industry and drained supplies of chicken.

The tightening of chicken supplies is making it difficult to keep up with demand. Sister chains Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Habit all saw sales grow over 2019 levels.

Wingstop and KFC, among other chains, have struggled to source chickens amid intense demand and worker shortages among distributors and processors.

The chain’s Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich and Sticky, Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich feature dark meat instead of the more popular breast.

Chains in international locations are offering riffs on the trendy fried chicken sandwich.

The chicken wing concept now lets customers place pickup orders through Google and Google Maps.

White meat is the star in trendy fried chicken sandwiches. Why not use more flavorful dark meat? The answer is complicated by the size of today’s chickens, the export market, ease of execution and consumer preferences.

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