Number of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants worldwide 2010-2019

Global fast food chain KFC, a subsidiary of YUM! Brands, accounted for 24,104 restaurants worldwide in 2019. This shows an increase of approximately a thousand and a half restaurants over the previous year's total.

KFC - additional information

KFC is a quick service chicken restaurant chain, founded by Harland Sanders commonly known as Colonel Sanders. The first restaurant was opened under the name Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The name was formally changed to KFC in the 1990s in an attempt to create a healthier brand image. Despite the restaurant chain’s efforts to appear healthier to consumers, KFC’s most famous dishes are still fried chicken based, such as their original recipe buckets, popcorn chicken and fried chicken wings.

KFC’s international expansion has helped it to become one of the most recognizable quick service restaurant brands in the world.

KFC is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, along with other leading chains such as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. The revenue of Yum! Brands has remained steady over the last few years, staying within the five billion U.S. dollars range.

Number of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants worldwide from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures for 2010 to 2014 come from earlier financial releases.

Fiscal years 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 include 52 weeks and fiscal year 2016 includes 53 weeks. Fiscal years ended December 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, December 26, 2015 and December 27, 2014.

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