Yum Brands

KFC sees China sales drop slowing

Yum generates more than half of its overall sales in China, where most of its nearly 5,300 restaurants are KFCs. Photo: Reuters

Yum Brands, owner of KFC and Pizza Hut, said a key sales figure for the mainland dropped 19 per cent last month, as it began to see signs of recovery from the double-whammy of a bird flu scare and an earlier controversy over its chicken supply.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 3:12am

Yum's Little Sheep: tasty meal or indigestion?

Much has happened since Yum, operator of the KFC and Pizza Hut chains, first announced its plan to purchase Little Sheep a year ago. Photo: SCMP

An interesting new Chinese media report is questioning whether US fast food giant Yum is spoiling the Little Sheep chain of hot pot restaurants it acquired just a year ago.

6 Jun 2013 - 5:16pm

Yum reels as avian flu eases

A woman, wearing a mask, rides her bicycle past a KFC restaurant in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

Embattled hoteliers and restaurant operators whose businesses have been hit by China's H7N9 bird flu outbreak are finally getting some relief with Shanghai's formal cancellation of its bird flu emergency after the city went three weeks without any new cases.

13 May 2013 - 11:31am

Mutton scandal gives Yum new China headache

A hostess waits for customers at the entrance of a Little Sheep hotpot restaurant in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Global fast food giant Yum is getting a new round of indigestion in its most profitable market from a new food safety scandal that gets my personal award for "grossest" scandal of the year.

7 May 2013 - 4:24pm

Coke stumbles, KFC bounces back

Chinese officials are accusing Coke of using handheld GPS equipment to illegally gather classified information. Photo: Reuters

Most of recent scandals are related to food safety, but the latest crisis confronting Coke comes on the completely unrelated area of national security. 

13 Mar 2013 - 11:28am

Chicken scare takes bite out of KFC's reputation

A scare over levels of antibiotics and hormones in chicken products has hit sales at KFC's branches on the mainland. Photo: AP

Yum Brands, the parent company of US fast-food chain KFC, is facing its worst crisis in two decades on the mainland.

The company's vice-chairman apologised to Chinese consumers on Wednesday night after media reports that two of KFC's big suppliers fed chicken excessive amounts of antibiotics and hormones.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:02am

China food scandal takes bite out of Yum

Yum Brands, which operates KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants, says Chinese same-store sales fell six per cent in the fourth-quarter. Photo: Reuters

China remains a challenging and competitive retail market despite its huge potential, with KFC operator Yum Brands and German retailer Metro both suffering setbacks for different reasons.

9 Jan 2013 - 10:57am