Kentucky Fried Chicken was founded in 1952 but had its roots back in the days of the Great Depression. Harland Sanders began selling fried chicken from a small roadside restaurant in North Corbin, Kentucky, in 1930. He believed that his popular recipe for fried chicken could be a successful franchise operation. The first franchise was in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1952.
Today, Kentucky Fried Chicken, often referred to as KFC or even Colonel Sanders, is the second most popular restaurant chain in America, right behind McDonald’s. The company has almost 19,000 locations in 118 countries and was one of the first American chains to expand internationally. Although the company had a few problems in the early 1970s due to changes in corporate ownership, the company is now a subsidiary of Yum Brands, which also owns Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.
KFC received some unexpected “free” advertising when Representative Steve Cohen ate a bucket of chicken after Attorney General William Barr declined to show up for a hearing to the Judiciary Committee.
The company had $23 billion in sales in 2013 and continues to expand its locations both internationally and in the U.S.