Fast food chain KFC will tonight honour its leading business partners at its annual UK supplier summit.
Manufacturers and brands that supply equipment to the QSR will attend the event, which is the 12th award ceremony and dinner that the company has hosted for key partners in the UK.
The event, which is held at the Sofitel, Heathrow, comes off the back of a productive year for KFC in which it has introduced its first ever semi open-plan kitchen.
The chain has been working with key equipment suppliers such as Manitowoc, Middleby, TurboChef and Duke to create what it calls the ‘kitchen of the future’.
KFC’s Bracknell store has been the test site for the new UK concept, which includes a back-of-house redesign that allows speed of service to be much quicker. Diners are also able to see their food being hand-prepared by KFC kitchen staff.
Stores in Exeter and Reading have also undergone similar renovations and the company plans to roll out the new design concept nationwide throughout 2015.
KFC operates more than 870 stores in the UK and 19,000 worldwide. It boasts a turnover of more than £23 billion.
This year marks KFC’s 50th year in the UK market. To celebrate the milestone, the chain recently launched a major advertising campaign based around the concept of families, sharing and freshly prepared food.
Launching the campaign, David Timm, VP of marketing at KFC, said: “This is a landmark year for KFC and gives us the opportunity to remind our fans why they love KFC and to also hopefully bring some new fans to the Colonel’s great tasting chicken.
“2015 will be a busy year for us as we roll out a number of plans across the year to celebrate the anniversary and thank the UK for supporting KFC for 50 years.”