Based in Louisville, KY, KFC Corporation is the world's most popular chicken franchise specializing in Original Recipe®, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Extra Crispy Strips® with home-style sides, Honey BBQ Wings and freshly made chicken sandwiches. KFC has been serving customers complete, freshly prepared, family meals since Colonel Harland Sanders founded the concept in 1952.
Famous for its Original Recipe® fried chicken, which is made with the same secret blend of 11 herbs and spices Colonel Sanders perfected more than a half century ago, it is estimated that, on average, more than 185 million people see a KFC commercial at least once a week – that's more than half the U.S. population. At the end of 2008, KFC was the leader in the U.S. chicken quick serve restaurant (QSR) segment among companies featuring chicken on the bone as their primary product offering, with a 42 percent market share – more than three times the market share of the closest national competitor.
KFC serves more than 12 million customers each day in 109 countries and territories around the world. KFC operates 5,200 restaurants in the Unites States and more than 15,000 restaurants internationally. KFC's parent company is Yum! Brands, Inc., the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants, with more than 37,000 locations in more than 120 countries and territories and employing more than one million associates. Yum! is ranked number 239 on the Fortune 500 List, with revenues exceeding $11 billion in 2008.