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. In 1939, the Colonel finally perfects his unique blend of 11 herbs and spices that are still used today…and still top secret.
1950 - The iconic white suit
In 1950 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.
After a rich and full life, Harland Sanders sadly passes away at the age of 90 in 1980. 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.
Today - More than 18,000 KFC around the world
Today there are more than 18,000 KFC outlets in 115 countries and territories around the world. And you know what? There’s still a cook in a kitchen in every last one of them, freshly preparing delicious, complete family meals at affordable prices.
2013Pop corn chicken
2011Brazer & Krusher
2008Hot wings & Veggie meal
1993Zinger & Hot and Cripsy