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It’s unclear if these are left-over bags, after a year, or if the Russian KFC franchises are still using KFC logos. Perhaps Russia prints the KFC bags?
It’s interesting that President Xi, who spent time in Iowa, loves his standardized fried chicken. Perhaps he thinks that he’s less likely to be poisoned, if he made Putin mad, given Russian penchant for poisonings?
Maria Drutska @maria_drutska
“Dozens of packages from KFC were delivered to the five-star Soluxe Hotel in Moscow, where Xi Jinping was staying”. https://twitter.com/maria_drutska/status/1638115360938291201
Note that those unloading the packages appear to be East Asians, suggesting that Chinese were sent to a KFC franchise to secure safe food.
Euan MacDonald @Euan_MacDonald
“Replying to @maria_drutska KFC sold all its restaurants and franchises to Rostik’s. It looks like some kept some of the KFC branding, however. Maybe that was part of the deal, maybe not.” https://twitter.com/Euan_MacDonald/status/1638135376064700417
The owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Yum, closed the 70 directly company-owned KFC restaurants, but the fate of the 1,000 KFC franchises unclear:
“Yum announced Tuesday it was shuttering 70 company-owned KFC restaurants and was working with its master-franchisee to close all 50 of its Pizza Hut restaurants in Russia. But it didn’t say what will happen with about 1,000 Kentucky Fried Chickens that are owned by franchisees.” See: “Let them eat chicken. 1,000 KFC restaurants to remain open in Russia” JOSEPH GERTH, March 10, 2022, Louisville Courier Journal https://eu.courier-journal.com/story/news/2022/03/10/kfc-russia-1-000-franchisee-run-restaurants-remain-open/9440218002/
The most recent updates upon searching “Russia” are the two here:
March 9, 2022: “Yum! Brands is suspending operations of KFC company-owned restaurants in Russia and finalizing an agreement to suspend all Pizza Hut restaurant operations in Russia, in partnership with its master franchisee. This action builds on our decision to suspend all investment and restaurant development in Russia and redirect all profits from operations in Russia to humanitarian efforts”. https://web.archive.org/web/20220311073339/https://global.kfc.com/press-releases/yum-brands-is-suspending-operations-of-kfc-company-owned-restaurants
March 8, 2022: “Yum! Brands has more than 53,000 restaurants around the world, 98% of which are owned and operated by franchisees. In Russia, the business includes approximately 1,000 KFC restaurants and 50 Pizza Hut locations nearly all of which are operated by independent owners under license or franchise agreements”.
“Like so many across the world, we are shocked and saddened by the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine. Yum! Brands has suspended all investment and restaurant development in Russia while we continue to assess additional options. Yum! will also redirect all profits from operations in Russia to humanitarian efforts. As always, we remain focused on the safety of our people in the region and will continue to act decisively to support our teams in Ukraine.
The Yum! Brands Foundation is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to support those affected by the crisis, is activating the Yum! Disaster Relief Fund to support Ukrainian franchise employees and is matching donations from employees to the following charities providing relief in Ukraine: UNICEF, Red Cross, World Food Programme and International Rescue Committee. In addition, our franchisees in the surrounding region are providing support to refugees“. https://web.archive.org/web/20220308193438/https://global.kfc.com/press-releases/yum-brands-pausing-investment-and-development-in-russia/