KFC declares Israel finger-lickin’ good

KFC — nee Kentucky Fried Chicken — is planning to bring the Colonel’s secret recipe back to Israel.

A delegation of 10 KFC representatives came to Israel to meet with several potential franchisees and real estate agents while launching negotiations with poultry suppliers, the Hebrew-language business daily Calcalist reported.

KFC plans to open 100 branches in Israel within five years of its return, the Calcalist reported.

Israel Hayom reported that KFC said in a statement this week: “We are very optimistic about the Israeli market and we strongly believe in the success of the network here. We are now in the process of planning the re-launch in Israel. We can give further details later.”

No date has been announced for a KFC relaunch.

KFC first opened in Israel in 1993 and lasted until 2013. It had as many as 10 restaurants, and the franchise changed hands twice. There are 700 KFC outlets, all halal certified, in Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. There also are outlets in four cities in the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

But it’s harder making the chain’s offerings kosher. KFC has had trouble reproducing the Colonel’s special recipe for a kosher clientele because it is milk-based. In its earlier Israeli incarnation, it used a soy-based substitute; KFC is not saying what it will do this time.

JTA Wire Service

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