colonel.gif (3534 bytes) A Brief History
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A Brief History Of KFC:

1939
Colonel Harland D. Sanders perfects secret blend of 11 herbs and spices in Corbin, Ky., restaurant.

1952
Pete Harman in Salt Lake City becomes the first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee.

1956
Colonel Sanders sells Corbin, Ky., restaurant and goes on the road to enlist new franchisees. The Colonel signs his first international franchisee in Canada.

1964
KFC sold to a group of investors including John Y. Brown Jr. and Jack Massey for $2 million.

1969
KFC listed on New York Stock Exchange. Colonel Sanders buys first 100 shares.

1971
KFC acquired by Heublein Inc.

1980
Colonel Sanders dies and is buried in Louisville's Cave Hill cemetery.

1982
KFC becomes a subsidiary of R.J.Reynolds Industries when Heublein Inc. is acquired by RJR (now RJR Nabisco, Inc.).

1986
KFC becomes a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc. for $840 million. Grand opening of Colonel Sanders Technical Center in Louisville, Ky.

1987
KFC opens first Western-style quick service restaurant in China.

1991
A new logo is introduced to emphasize chicken variety -- replacing "Kentucky Fried Chicken" with "KFC".

1993
KFC adds non-fried chicken to menus in the U.S. and Australia.

1994
KFC officially opens its 9,000th restaurant in the world- in Shanghai, China- and announces a $200 million investment over the next four years for 200 restaurants in 48 Chinese cities.

1995
KFC introduces Colonel's Crispy Strips
and smashes Guinness record with "World's Largest Pot Pie" in New York City to introduce Chunky Chicken Pot Pie. Opens first restaurant in Moscow.

1996
KFC introduces Tender Roast
chicken pieces and brings back one of the world's most recognized packages -- the bucket.

1997
KFC introduces Honey BBQ-flavored Tender Roast
, Spicy Buffalo Crispy StripsTM and Chicken TwisterTM -- chicken and veggies "like a meal all wrapped up and ready to go."

For further information, contact:

Public Affairs Department
KFC Corporation
P.O. Box 32070
Louisville, Ky.  40232
Telephone: 502-456-8353\
www.kentuckyfriedchicken.com

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