KFC’s new grilled chicken contains “a new secret blend of herbs and spices.” What’s exactly in this secret sauce? If you read the ingredient document posted by KFC on its Web site, you’ll discover that some of the ingredients are beef powder and beef fat. Is that really a big deal? KFC’s plucky competitor El Pollo Loco thinks so. The company has recently launched TV spots that call attention to KFC’s beef-flavored chicken. “The use of beef ingredients in grilled chicken just seems wrong to me, and we believe most consumers would agree,” Steve Carley, chief executive at El Pollo Loco told the L.A. Times. You can watch El Pollo Loco take the piss out of KFC here.
Gary Condit back in hot water. Have you ever wondered what became of Gary Condit, the former California congressman who lost his seat after his mistress, Chandra Levy, disappeared and was later found murdered? Condit was completely innocent, but the scandal destroyed his political career. So what did Condit do? He went into franchising, purchasing several Baskin-Robbins stores in Arizona. But now, the ice-cream chaining is suing Condit and his family for $45,000 in unpaid franchise fees and $60,000 in attorneys fees, according to this report in the Modesto Bee. Some guys can never catch a break.
Hip or pathetic? You be the judge. In an attempt to lure young people into their eating establishments, Denny’s has launched a series of Rockstar Menu items, dishes created by real rock stars like Good Charlotte, Sum 41, and Rascal Flatts. (Rascal Flatts?? Are we the only ones who just don’t get this band — are they country, are they rock, are they just plain awful?) Anyway, the menu items are available between 10pm and 5am every night. Get it? Rock-star hours. Guess we’ll be seeing you at Denny’s. Or not.
The franchise formerly known as Pizza Hut? In a new rebranding effort, Pizza Hut is changing the name of some its restaurants to simply “The Hut.” It’s not clear home many units in the franchise chain will undergo the name change, according to this report. The reason for the switch? Once again, it’s to appeal to younger customers. The marketing mavens at Pizza Hut seem to think that their name has too many letters for trendy, text-savvy kids. Note to marketing mavens: the cool kids always know when you’re trying to hard.