KFC Zim franchise’s performance exceeds expectations

via KFC Zim franchise’s performance exceeds expectations – NewsDay Zimbabwe 26 August 2014 by Victoria Mtomba

KENTUCKY Fried Chicken (KFC)’s performance of its franchise in Zimbabwe has been pleasing and exceeded expectations, General Manager New Africa Markets Bruce Layzell has said.

“This has been a phenomenal market and it has exceeded our expectations,” Layzell said at the official opening of the Zimbabwe franchise yesterday.

The Zimbabwe operation is majority-owned by Country Bird Holdings, a Johannesburg-listed company, and the remainder is in the hands of a local partner.

Layzell said the shop is part of over 700 franchises that are owned by KFC on the African continent.

He said KFC products were expensive locally due to the import cost incurred by the company. Layzell said South Africa has a huge network compared to Zimbabwe, which was cheaper than East Africa.

Layzell said the company was getting its chickens locally while it is importing potatoes.

“We are working with local suppliers on potatoes,” he said.

Country Bird Holdings Limited chief executive officer Mathinus Stander said the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company was a poultry processor in partnership with KFC.

“Our responsibility is to work with Yum on how many stores that market can take,” he said.

Yum! Brands, Inc. or Yum! is a United States-based Fortune 500 corporation. It operates the licensed fastfood brands Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Wing Street worldwide.

KFC closed its outlets in Zimbabwe during the economic crisis in 2007. The fastfoods company reopened its doors in the country last month.


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    avenger/revenger 7 years ago

    Fast food outlets is hardly the investments zim needs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

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      John Thomas 7 years ago

      Kentucky is better than chicken inn. I like to have a choice.

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    A serving of cholesterol isn’t a bad thing in a country where the life expectancy is shyte anyway. If we don’t die of cholesterol we die by ZRP or Road Accidents or poverty still. So happy days all round.!!

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    Che'guevara 7 years ago

    @avenger/revenger you are spot on. We need manufacturing industry and infrastructure capacity building to get out of this hole. Not another roadside cafe!!!

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    Che'guevara 7 years ago

    @avenger/revenger you are spot on. We need manufacturing industries and infrastructure capacity building projects to get out of this hole. Not another roadside cafe!!! I think we already have enough of these for a small economy like ours.

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      We are going to become a nation of obese people with all these fast food outlets, but that said, at least it will be some competition for Chicken Inn.

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    Che'guevara 7 years ago

    After all one health conscious columnist in another local paper a few days ago wrote on how Zimbabweans are fast developing fat waists or is it worsts or wastes. Obviously this doesnt refer to our brothers in Chingwizi or even Dotito. Zim is fast becoming a spending and not saving country for those who have the loot. For the rest its “Heee todya marara here? Hee todya marara isu” if you remember the song by mukanya.