KFC Canada Finds its Soul Mate

204 KFC Canada Restaurants Celebrate New Management

TORONTO, June 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Yum! Restaurants International, Canada and its KFC brand has found a new soul mate in its most recent Canadian franchise partner — Soul Restaurants Canada Inc. ("Soul Canada"), an affiliate of Soul Foods Group, which has a 30 year successful track record with the KFC brand.

Effective June 1, 2011, Soul Foods Group takes over the management of 204 KFC restaurants in BC and Ontario through its Canadian affiliate.  The company already operates more than 45 successful KFC restaurants in the United Kingdom and was voted Yum! UK franchisee of the year in 2010.

Investment & Innovation are KFC Canada's Original Recipe for Success

"The KFC Canada team is excited to welcome on-board like-minded partners who appreciate the appeal of the brand — and who, together with our existing franchise partners, understand the benefits of investment and innovation," says Sabir Sami, Yum! Restaurants International, Canada's President and General Manager.

"The quality of franchise partners and people in the KFC Canada organization is impressive and we believe the brand will flourish with more support," explains Aly Janmohamed, President, Soul Foods Group, adding that his company's UK restaurants are enjoying growth and success.

"Our team is committed to capital investment and a renewed focus on innovation to ensure that KFC reaches its full potential in Canada," promises Aly Janmohamed.

Sami confirms transition teams are ramping up to help Soul Canada accelerate improvements quickly.  "Canadian KFC fans can expect to see an aggressive renovation initiative, customer service upgrades and exciting, innovative new products," he says.

About KFC Canada

KFC Canada has been serving its famed Original Recipe chicken for more than 50 years — ever since Colonel Sanders opened the very first restaurant in Calgary in 1953.  To this day, KFC hand-breads and prepares chicken in our restaurants, fresh every day, according to the Colonel's exacting specifications.  There are more than 700 KFC restaurants across Canada.

About Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world's largest restaurant company with more than 37,000 restaurants in more than 110 countries and territories.  The company is ranked #216 on the Fortune 500 List, with revenues of nearly $11 billion in 2009.

Outside North America, the Yum! system opens an average four new restaurants each day of the year, making the company a leader in international retail development.  In Canada, Yum! Restaurants Canada markets the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands with close to 1,000+ restaurants from coast-to-coast.


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