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Yum! Brands, Inc.
FormerlyTricon Global Restaurants (1997–2002)
S&P 500 Component
FoundedOctober 6, 1997; 24 years ago (October 6, 1997)
Area served
Key people
RevenueDecrease US$5.597 billion (FY December 31, 2019)[2]
Decrease US$1.930 billion (FY December 31, 2019)[2]
Decrease US$1.294 billion (FY December 31, 2019)[2]
Total assetsIncrease US$5.231 billion (FY December 31, 2019)[2]
Total equityDecrease −US$8.016 billion (FY December 31, 2019)[2]
Number of employees
34,000 (FY December 31, 2019)[2]

Yum! Brands, Inc. (or Yum!), formerly Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc., is an American fast food corporation listed on the Fortune 1000. Yum! operates the brands KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, The Habit Burger Grill, and WingStreet worldwide, except in China, where the brands are operated by a separate company, Yum China. Yum! previously also owned Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurants.

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Yum! is one of the world's largest fast food restaurant companies in terms of system units. In 135 nations and territories worldwide, in 2016 it had 43,617 restaurants, including 2,859 that were company-owned and 40,758 that were franchised.[3]


PepsiCo fast food division[edit]

The company's history traces back to 1977, when PepsiCo entered into the restaurant business by acquiring Pizza Hut. A year later, PepsiCo purchased Taco Bell.[4] In July 1986, R. J. Reynolds sold KFC to PepsiCo[4] to pay off debt from its recent purchase of Nabisco. In 1990, Hot 'n Now was acquired via Taco Bell,[5] but the company would later be sold in 1996.[6] In 1992, PepsiCo acquired California Pizza Kitchen. In 1993, it acquired Chevys Fresh Mex,[7] D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches,[8] and the American division of Canadian chain East Side Mario's. These chains were later sold when PepsiCo exited the restaurant business and spun off KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (see next paragraph).[9][10][11] In 1997, PepsiCo sold PepsiCo Food Systems restaurant-supply unit to Ameriserve Food Distribution Inc.[12]

Tricon Global Restaurants[edit]

Yum! was created in 1997 as Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc. from PepsiCo's fast food division as the parent corporation of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurant companies.[13][14] The decision was announced in January and the spin off was effected on 6 October.[15] Tricon selected Louisville as its headquarters, near the KFC Restaurant Support Center from the Pepsi HQ in Purchase, New York, by early 1998.[14]

In 2000, Tricon Global tested multi-branded locations with Yorkshire Global Restaurants. By March 2002, the Tricon-Yorkshire multibranding test consisted of 83 KFC/A&Ws, six KFC/Long John Silver's and three Taco Bell/Long John Silver's and was considered successful by the companies.[16]

In 2001, KFC started test restaurants in Austin, Texas, called "Wing Works", a chicken wing line sold with one of a few flavored sauces. KFC also hired a consultant to develop a breakfast menu.[17]

Yum! Brands[edit]

Yorkshire in March 2002 announced it would merge with Tricon Global Restaurants to form Yum! Brands. The merger was finalized on May 8, 2002, and the name change became effective on May 22, 2002[18] On June 6, 2002, Yum! executed a two-for-one stock split.[19] Shortly afterwards, due to Yum!'s lifetime contract with Pepsi, Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurants (which previously served Coca-Cola products) began switching to Pepsi products, with A&W Restaurants retaining A&W Root Beer from a separate deal with Dr Pepper/Seven Up (now Keurig Dr Pepper).

In 2002, Yum! began testing co-branding locations pairing Pizza Hut with Pasta Bravo, Back Yard Burgers, and A&W.[20] The Pasta Bravo concept was acquired in 2003 from Pasta Bravo, Inc. of Aliso Viejo, California for $5 million to pair with Pizza Hut.[21]

In 2003, Yum! launched WingStreet as a hybrid combo unit with an existing Pizza Hut franchise.[22] In 2007 and 2008, a thousand WingStreet stores a year were opened. On October 19, 2009, Company president Scott Bergren publicized WingStreet's national launch.[22]

An East Dawning test cafeteria-style restaurant was opened in Shanghai in 2004. After initially failing, Yum! Brands chose the KFC business model (KFC is the most successful Western chain in China) and found greater success.[23] As of September 30, 2007, eight East Dawning restaurants were in operation.[24]

International focus[edit]

A single Yum! restaurant facility co-branded as Taco Bell and KFC in San Francisco, California
Another cobranded KFC and Taco Bell in Oscoda, Michigan

In January 2011, Yum! announced its intentions to divest itself of its Long John Silver's and A&W brands to focus on its core brands of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. For the decade leading up to the company's announcement, major growth had relied on international expansion. With little presence outside North America, the two chains no longer fit in the company's long-term growth plans.[25] The foreign expansion—particularly that of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut—was cited in the firm's January 18, 2011 announcement of its intention to sell the A&W and Long John Silver's chains. Both of those chains also suffered from poor sales, and had fewer locations compared to the other chains in the Yum! Brands portfolio. In September 2011, Yum! announced they had found buyers for the A&W and Long John Silver's chains. A Great American Brand will buy A&W, and Long John Silver's will be acquired by LJS Partners LLC.[26]

In May 2011, Yum! agreed to purchase Chinese hot pot chain Little Sheep for HK$4.56 billion.[27] The deal spent more than 4 months in antitrust review by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, to determine whether or not the transaction would result in a monopolistic positioning of Yum! in the country's restaurant industry. The Ministry approved the deal in November 2011, according to Little Sheep representatives.[28]

In 2012, a KFC opened in Ramallah and became the first American fast food restaurant to operate in the West Bank; a Pizza Hut is also planned.[29]

In 2013, a few KFC locations in China supplied chicken found to contain "excess levels of chemical residue". Yum! had lost 6% of sales from publicity in China as of January 25, 2013.[30]

The company opened its first restaurant in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in May 2013. For Mongolia, KFC is the first western fast food to open its doors in the country. The company is planning to open 15 more restaurants in Ulaanbaatar in the next 5 years, including the country's first drive-thru service.[31] Yum! Brands has also opened Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in newer Target stores.

Yum! Brands opened its 40,000th store in Calangute, Goa, India in October 2013.[32]

In 2013, its KFC subsidiary opened a fast casual version, KFC eleven, test location in Louisville on Bardstown Road. The sole KFC Eleven was closed in April 2015. [33] In the third quarter of 2013, Yum! Brands had to book an impairment of the goodwill resulting from the takeover of Little Sheep in 2011 in the amount of $222 million, which reduced profits for 2013.[34]

In 2014, Yum! launched a number of additional restaurant test concepts, Super Chix, U.S. Taco Co. and Banh Shop.[35] Yum! opened Super Chix in Central Arlington, Texas, a restaurant similar in format to Chick-fil-A, on April 9, 2014.[36] In the summer of 2014, Yum!'s Taco Bell subsidiary launched its U.S. Taco Co and Urban Tap Room fast-casual taco concept restaurant in Huntington Beach, California, to take on fast casual restaurants like Chipotle and Panera.[37]

In the first quarter of 2015, Third Point Management and Corvex Management separately acquired an unspecified stake in the company.[38] A second Chix unit opened in May 2015 with additional menu items. Super Chix was sold to founder Nick Ouimet and an investment group in August 2015.[35]

In 2017, Yum! announced plans to open 10 Pizza Hut restaurants in Ethiopia, after signing a franchise with the country's Belayab Foods and Franchise PLC.[39]

In January 2020, Yum! announced they were acquiring Irvine, California-based The Habit Burger Grill, for $375 million; the transaction has completed on March 18, 2020.[40][41]


The KFC Yum! Center, Louisville's largest arena

The current CEO of Yum! Brands is David Gibbs. Former CEOs include Greg Creed and David C. Novak.[42] Novak became CEO of predecessor firm Tricon Global on January 1, 2000, and chairman of the board on January 1, 2001.[43] Greg Creed replaced Novak in his role as CEO on January 1, 2015.[44] At the AGM in May 2016, Robert D. Walter became non-executive chairman. At the end of 2019 Greg Creed will retire as CEO and the current COO (David Gibbs) will be Creed's replacement.[45]

Since 2006, Yum! Brands has served as the corporate sponsor of the Kentucky Derby.[46]

On October 20, 2015, Yum! Brands, Inc., announced that it intended to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies.[47] Yum China was spun off on November 1, 2016.[48]




See also[edit]


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