OUR STORY

From the Colonel's humble beginnings to the restaurants you see today, the last 125 years have been quite a journey.

The story begins on September 9th 1890, the day little Harland is born in Henryville, Indiana. He spends his early years making his way around the southern states, trying his hand working as a steamboat pilot, railroad fireman and farmer.

When Harland turns 40 he buys a roadside motel in Corbin, Kentucky and begins serving his southern style chicken. By 1935, his restaurant is doing so well he is commissioned as "Kentucky Colonel" by the state governor, for outstanding achievement in the community.

1939

Finally, the Colonel perfects his unique blend of 11 herbs and spices that are still used today...and still top secret.

The Colonel dons his iconic white suit for the first time and from then on, wears one every time he's out in public. Seven years later, another icon is born. The KFC Bucket o' Chicken.

A network of franchises grow across the USA and by 1964, the Colonel feels it's time to slow down, and sells the KFC Company to investors. The Colonel quality remains high and the first UK restaurant opens the following year. By 1976, the Colonel is named the 2nd most recognisable celebrity in the world after an independent survey.

16TH DECEMBER 1980

AFTER A RICH AND FULL LIFE, HARLAND SANDERS SADLY PASSES AWAY AT THE AGE OF 90.

His legacy lives on through his Original Recipe chicken and the company logo adapts over the years, with the Colonel's face remaining at the forefront of the design. In 2006, the latest logo gets introduced in a big way, spanning 87,000 square foot of the Mojave Desert.

To create healthier food and lower the carbon footprint, palm oil is replaced with rapeseed oil in the UK in 2011. There are now over 860 restaurants in the UK, one that becomes a concept store in 2014.

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