Entries in KFC (4)


Thieves Smash Wall, Miss Jewelry Store, Rob KFC

Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BEAUDESERT, Australia) -- In a jewelry heist gone incredibly wrong, just after 8 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, two thieves planned to rob Wrights Jewelers in Beaudesert, Australia, about 45 miles south of Brisbane.  But instead they knocked through the wrong wall and found themselves inside a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet next door.

Police say the suspects, Dwayne Doolan and Peter Welsh, were prepared to raid a store full of precious stones and gems. Instead, they found themselves surrounded by trays of the Colonel’s Original Recipe and Extra Crispy chicken as well as stares from surprised workers after smashing through the wrong block wall in a restroom.

But they quickly regrouped and robbed the fast food joint instead, police said.

The Queensland Police Service released a statement saying, “The men threatened staff with a metal bar and made demands for cash. Two female employees complied and handed over a sum of cash to the men.”

After robbing the fast food chain, the thieves left on foot with $2,600.

No one was hurt in the armed robbery, police said.

Queensland police arrested the two men in connection with the armed robbery. In the police report, one man is charged with one count of armed robbery and two counts of stealing. The other suspect is charged with “one count of armed robbery, two counts of stealing, one enter premises with intent to commit offense and one attempted enter premises with intent to commit indictable offence.”

Both suspects appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court on Jan. 3. One suspect made bail and returned to court on Jan. 5 while the other remained in custody.

Sgt. Barry McErlean with Queensland Police said, “Both have been remanded to appear again on March 5.”

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KFC Takes the Colonel’s Classic to the Skies in Japan

JAL/KFC(TOKYO) -- Just in time for KFC’s most lucrative holiday in Japan, Japan Airlines plans to take the colonel’s classic to a whole new level: on board U.S.- and Europe-bound flights.

The fast food chain and JAL are teaming up to offer packaged fried chicken meals between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28.  The so-called Air Kentucky trays will consist of a fried drumstick, boneless breast filet, flat bread and cole slaw -- similar to a two-piece chicken meal at a KFC store.  

They will be served as a second meal to premium-economy and economy class customers on board flights from Narita Airport to New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, Frankfurt and London.

The JAL-KFC partnership coincides with the American chain’s most popular holiday in Japan, Christmas.  KFC has used savvy marketing to establish fried chicken meals as a holiday tradition there.  The colonel’s recipe is so popular during Christmas, customers begin placing orders months in advance to secure their festive feast.

KFC is the latest in a long list of fast food chains JAL has tapped to offer special meals on board their flights as part of their “Air Series.”

In March, the carrier teamed up with restaurant chain Yoshinoya to serve their famous beef bowls on board international flights.

A few months later, JAL teamed with the popular hamburger chain MOS Burger to offer in-flight rice burgers, which included steamed rice patties with carrots and oyster mushrooms, among other vegetables.  

Chinese pork buns and donut chain Mister Donuts have also been featured in meals.

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KFC Must Pay $8.3M to Family of Brain-Damaged Girl

KFC/Hemera/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- The family of a girl who was left brain-damaged after eating a chicken wrap at a KFC restaurant was awarded $8.35 million ($8 million Australian) Friday by an Australian court.

Monika Samaan, then 7, and her family became ill from salmonella poisoning in 2005 after sharing a chicken wrap they purchased at a Sydney KFC. The girls’ parents and brother said they suffered from vomiting and diarrhea, but made a full recovery. Monika, however, spent months in a coma and is now confined to a wheel chair and unable to speak.

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The family’s attorney, George Vlahakis, praised the court’s decision and said Monika’s care had exhausted the family’s financial resources.

“Monika is now a big girl and they are finding it increasingly difficult to lift her and to look after her basic needs as well as look after Monika’s younger siblings,” Vlahakis told the Sydney Morning Herald outside of court.

In a statement posted on its website, KFC said it plans to appeal the case.

“This is clearly a very tragic case, but we are deeply disappointed and surprised by the judge’s decision,”  Sally Glover, KFC Australia’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, said. "We feel deeply for Monika and the Samaan family; however we also have a responsibility to defend KFC’s reputation as a provider of safe, high-quality food.”

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Christmas in Japan Means Dinner at...?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Forget Santa Claus. When it comes to Christmas marketing in Japan, Colonel Sanders may take the top prize.

While Christmas isn't a national holiday in the country, KFC has managed to make eating its packaged chicken meals a holiday tradition. The colonel's recipe is so popular in Japan, the fast-food chain recommends customers place their Christmas orders two months in advance.

KFC's popularity can be traced back to a highly successful marketing campaign that began nearly 40 years ago. At the time, the Christmas holiday wasn't as widely celebrated in Japan, but a KFC employee saw an opportunity to cash in, and the company launched its first Christmas meal in 1974: chicken and wine for $10, a pricey meal at the time.

The traditional Christmas party barrels sell for about $40 these days -- a family pack that includes fried chicken, a salad, and chocolate cake.

KFC's Japanese stores posted their highest holiday sales in 14 years last year, and a spokesman says they are on track to break that record this year.

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