Around 130 more KFC stores will open in Africa during 2012, bringing its total number of outlets to 1,000 according to General Manager for Africa operations Keith Warren.
Warren is quoted as saying “Last year we opened about 70 KFCs. This year we plan to up the ante. The opportunities in Africa are enormous," in South Africa’s Business Day newspaper.
KFC aims to be in 20 countries throughout the continent and focusing on establishing successful supply chain partnerships, the company said.
US company Yum! Brands, which owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, owns more than 36,000 restaurants in more than 110 countries and had a reported turnover in South Africa of about R8 billion last year.
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Warren also added that Pizza Hut restaurants would be returning to South Africa by the end of the year.
KFC said it planned to expand into seven more African countries this year. "Stores are already being built in Angola and Malawi, with KFC outlets to be added in Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar," said Warren. The fried chicken specialist opened restaurants in Zambia, Ghana and Kenya in 2011.
By the end of this year, KFC aims to be in 20 countries throughout Africa. Part of this expansion plan was to establish successful supply chain partnerships, the company said.
Elsewhere in the food industry, Famous Brands, the owners of brands such as Steers and Wimpy, opened 60 restaurants in SA and 18 elsewhere in Africa in the three months to December. Spur’s expanded its restaurant number to 364 last year, too.
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