KFC Announces Switch to Zero Trans Fat Cooking Oil Following Two-Year Test for Same Great Taste

All 5,500 KFC Restaurants in U.S. Expected to be Converted by April 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--()--KFC Corporation announced today it is converting all of its 5,500 restaurants in the United States to a zero grams trans fat cooking oil. The new oil, a low linolenic soybean oil, will replace the partially hydrogenated soybean oil in current use in KFC restaurants. The conversion, which follows over two years of extensive testing of oil options to identify the same taste profile, has already begun in many KFC restaurants and is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2007 nationwide.

Once the transition is complete, KFC's most popular signature products, including Original Recipe and Extra Crispy chicken, will contain zero grams of trans fat. Other products that will have zero grams of trans fat are: Crispy Strips, Wings, Boneless Wings, Honey BBQ, Buffalo and Crispy Snacker Sandwiches, Popcorn Chicken, Twisters and Potato Wedges. Many KFC menu items today already contain zero grams of trans fat, including: all Tender Roast Products, Honey BBQ Sandwich, Honey BBQ Snacker, and many side dishes such as Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Corn on the Cob and Coleslaw.

We are pleased to announce KFC is switching to a zero trans fat cooking oil for all of our fried products, said Gregg Dedrick, President of KFC Corporation. This conversion follows more than two years of extensive testing to identify an oil that provides all the same delicious taste as our original recipes with zero grams of trans fat. The great news is that KFCs Original Recipe and Extra Crispy chicken, along with the majority of our menu items at KFC, will have the same delicious taste with zero grams of trans fat. This is a win-win for our customers.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend minimizing the consumption of trans fat as part of a healthy diet. As a result, the announcement by KFC was praised by leading health officials, including Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. I congratulate KFC on their decision to switch to a zero trans fat cooking oil, said Dr. Carmona. Trans fat has been shown to increase the risk for heart disease. The good news is that people can reduce their risk for heart disease through food choices and physical activity. Im pleased that KFC is making significant changes to help Americans make healthier choices, and I encourage other companies to follow their lead.

Dedrick said that todays announcement is the culmination of a two-year effort that has involved extensive research, development and testing. Weve tested a number of different oils and were pleased we have found one that keeps our chicken finger lickin good -- with zero grams of trans fat. Todays announcement is a breakthrough because consumers are oftentimes asked to compromise by choosing between eliminating trans fat, and better taste. We think Colonel Sanders would be proud that we have found a solution that keeps all the delicious taste of KFCs Original Recipe chicken, while making the majority of our menu zero trans fat.

About KFC

KFC Corporation (www.kfc.com), based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy and Colonel's Crispy Strips® with home-style sides, Honey BBQ Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches. Complete nutrition information is available at www.kfc.com and on restaurant brochures; these will be updated with the new trans fat information once the oil conversion is complete. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM.)

Zero Trans Fat Menu Items

(After KFC Conversion to Zero Trans Fat Cooking Oil)


  Serving Size (gms)   Trans Fat (g)   Revised Trans Fat (g)
Roasted Caesar Salad without Dressing & Croutons   301     
Crispy Caesar Salad without Dressing & Croutons   315    3.5   
Caesar Side Salad without Dressing & Croutons   76     
Roasted BLT Salad without Dressing   347     
Crispy BLT Salad without Dressing   360     
House Side Salad without Dressing   83     
Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® Dressing (1)   57     
Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® Fat Free Dressing (1)   43     
Hidden Valley® Golden Italian Light Dressing (1)   43     
KFC® Creamy Parmesan Caesar Dressing (1)   57     
KFC® Parmesan Garlic Croutons Pouch (1)   14     
KFC® Snacker   119    1.5   
KFC® Snacker, Buffalo   118    1.5   
KFC® Snacker, Fish   120     
Honey BBQ KFC® Snacker   101     
Honey BBQ Sandwich   147     
Double Crunch Sandwich   213     
Crispy Twister®   252     
Oven Roasted Twister®   269     
Tender Roast® Sandwich   236     
Tender Roast® Sandwich without Sauce   217     
OR Chicken- Whole Wing   47     
OR Chicken- Breast   161    2.5   

OR Chicken- Breast without skin or breading

OR Chicken- Drumstick   59     
OR Chicken- Thigh   126    1.5   
EC Chicken- Whole Wing   52     
EC Chicken- Breast   162    4.5   
EC Chicken- Drumstick   60    1.5   
EC Chicken- Thigh   114     
Crispy Strips (3)   151    4.5   
Crispy Strips (2)   102     
Popcorn Chicken            
Popcorn Chicken-Kids   85    3.5   
Popcorn Chicken-Individual   114    4.5   
HBBQ Wings (6)   157    4.5   
Boneless HBBQ Wings (6)   213    4.5   
Fiery Buffalo Wings (6)   171    3.5   
Boneless Fiery Buffalo Wings (6)   211    4.5   
Sweet & Spicy Wings (6)   158    3.5   
Boneless Sweet & Spicy Wings (6)   203    4.5   
Hot Wings (6)   134     
Sides (Individual)            
Green Beans   96     
Seasoned Rice   99     
Mashed Potatoes without Gravy   108     
Corn on the Cob (5.5")   162     
Baked Beans   136     
Potato Salad   128     
Cole Slaw   130     
Baked! Cheetos®   25     
Tropicana® Fruit Punch   7 fl. oz.    
Pepsi® (Small)   11 fl. oz.    
Pepsi® (Medium)   14 fl. oz.    
Pepsi® (Large)   22 fl oz.    
Diet Pepsi® (Small)   11 fl. oz.    
Diet Pepsi® (Medium)   14 fl. oz.    
Diet Pepsi® (Large)   22 fl oz.    
Mt. Dew® (Small)   11 fl. oz.    
Mt. Dew® (Medium)   14 fl. oz.    
Mt. Dew® (Large)   22 fl oz.    

Trans fat amounts calculated in accordance with FDA rules.

Nearly all KFC menu items will contain zero grams of trans fat. However, there are a few remaining products which will contain trans fat and KFC is committed to continuing to improve the nutritional quality of these items. These include Chicken Pot Pie, Biscuits, Macaroni and Cheese, Mashed Potatoes with gravy, the Ultimate Cheese Snacker, Famous Bowls and a few desserts. Trans Fat occurs naturally in dairy products, creating a challenge for those items containing natural cheese.


KFC Corporation, Louisville
Laurie Schalow/Rick Maynard, 502-874-8100
Matthew Forke, 202-729-4195


KFC Corporation, Louisville
Laurie Schalow/Rick Maynard, 502-874-8100
Matthew Forke, 202-729-4195