Nutritional Improvement

As we work to make nutritional improvements to our products, we are committed to reducing sodium, eliminating trans fats, restricting allergens and sensitivities and lowering calories and fats--all while maintaining the delicious taste our customers know and love.

Sodium

KFC U.S. is working hard to reduce sodium in its products. The brand began this journey to reduce sodium in 2007 by working with suppliers to find options to reduce sodium without compromising product quality or unique taste. Great progress has been made to date, yet the brand recognizes there is still more work to do and is committed to addressing this nutritional improvement.

Taco Bell U.S. has an ongoing commitment to reduce sodium levels and has teams that are continuously evaluating ingredient technologies and functionalities with suppliers to help reduce sodium levels. Taco Bell’s efforts to reduce sodium across its menu has been taking place since 2008, and since then has reduced sodium on average by 15% across the menu.

Amid rising concerns of Americans sodium intake, Pizza Hut successfully removed over half a million pounds of salt from its menu in 2012 and has plans to remove another 1.5 million pounds of salt from core ingredients in 2015.

The brand teams in India continue to look for ways to reduce sodium in KFC and Pizza Hut menu options by working with suppliers and nutrition experts.

Before the introduction of the Public Health Responsibility Deal, KFC UK was the first quick-service chain in the UK to stop salting fries. We have maintained a program to reduce the amount of salt in our food every year for more than five years and recently became one of the first companies to sign the Salt Pledge as part of the Responsibility Deal, committing us to further reduce salt by training employees and changing our kitchen practices.

KFC UK is exploring an innovative technology that uses salt crystal to further reduce salt in our Original Recipe chicken without impacting taste. Our aim is to deliver an additional 15% reduction in salt from our best-selling products by the end of 2014.

  • KFC UK’s efforts successfully cut the salt content in five of our chicken options by 8 – 20% in 2012. Specifically, salt content in recent years has fallen by 24% in our popcorn chicken since 2009
  • 30% in our Zinger chicken since 2011
  • 15% in our Hot Wings in 2012
  • 15% in our mini fillets in 2013

In Australia, KFC has successfully implemented sodium reduction initiatives for a number of products, making significant reductions across a range of products including:

  • 2010: Reduced sodium across core chicken menu items by an average of 15% and seasoned chip salt by 21%
  • 2011: Reduced sodium in burger buns by 30% and dinner rolls by 37%

Further reductions across various menu items including tortillas, bacon and chicken products are currently in progress.

We have also been testing a number of sodium reduction initiatives to proactively help customers make more nutritional choices. During World Salt Awareness Week, KFC Australia actively encouraged customers via in-store communications to hold the salt when ordering KFC chips. The Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH) showed its support for the initiative, congratulating KFC for taking a proactive stance on educating customers about salt. This is just one educational initiative Australia will roll out to help customers make informed decisions when they visit KFC.

Since 2008, Pizza Hut has been testing significant sodium reductions in core products, which have been rolled out in Korea, Canada and Australia. Reductions of up to 50% have been achieved and our goal is to roll this out globally. The brand has also developed a broader global menu for the dine-in business including pastas, individual pizzas, plated salads, an enhanced salad bar and beverages broadening the brand's appeal through menu variety and choice.

Since 2009, KFC Germany has reduced sodium in several menu items including:

  • Original Recipe breading by 16%
  • Marinade for fillet bites by 20%
  • Tortillas by 35%
  • Buns by 25%

We are constantly working on further salt reduction options in our recipes at KFC Germany. In 2014 we focused on the chicken marinades to be launched in 2015.

In KFC Africa there has been a 5% reduction in the Original Recipe breading resulting in 45 tons of salt removed from our customer’s diets.

Pizza Hut Europe has reduced the salt in its mozzarella cheese by 15% and in its dough by 17%.

Trans Fats

Many of our markets including the U.S., Canada and India, have taken steps to remove as much artificial trans fat as feasible from product offerings. Since 2007, for example, all of our KFC UK products have been free from artificial trans fatty acids.

In 2007, Taco Bell’s® U.S. restaurants completely switched to using trans fat-free high-oleic canola frying oil. With the exception of a few ingredients containing one gram or less, all menu items are free of artificial trans fat. We are committed to completely phasing out all artificial trans fat from our menu by 2015.

Allergens and Sensitivities

Across all of our brands, we manage guidelines regarding allergens and sensitive ingredients and restrict them in current menu items and in future product development. For example, peanuts and tree nuts are not used at Taco Bell® restaurants.

We also identify potential allergens and sensitivities for all products and publish that information on our brand websites for our customers.

Calories and Fat

Pizza Hut U.S.’s Pan, Thin ‘N Crispy®, Hand-Tossed Style and Stuffed Crust pizzas contain:

  • Zero grams trans fat
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Only heart-healthy vegetable oils

Taco Bell’s Fresco Menu has seven signature items that are each under 350 calories and 10 grams of fat. Mayonnaise for the KFC burger in China was upgraded to  third-generation in which the fat content decreased from 70% to 35%.

KFC South Africa replaced the Original Recipe Fillet with a Skinless Fillet in March 2013. This resulted in decreasing the fat from 12 grams to five grams per 100 grams and the total energy from 247 Calories to 198 Calories per 100 grams.

KFC UK began testing non-fried options and investing in restaurant ovens to support this initiative in 2011. Three restaurants in the region have also been early adopters of the government's Food Standards Agency to test putting calories on menu boards.

MSG

With the exception of Frito-Lay branded products, Taco Bell is monosodium glutamate (MSG) free.

Pizza Hut India is monosodium glutamate (MSG) free while KFC India continues to explore ways to reduce MSG in menu items, particularly in grilled and vegetarian options.

KFC Germany is currently reviewing all marinades to assess potential for reducing the use of MSG in chicken products.

Palm Oil

As part of our global nutrition strategy, our goal over the next four years is to phase out palm oil wherever feasible. We have been working toward that goal and today, nearly 70% of our global restaurants do not use palm oil as their cooking oil.

For over four years now, KFC UK has consistently been removing palm from our products and replacing this with sunflower, rapeseed or soya oils. This began in 2011 when we stopped frying in palm oil, switching to High Oleic Rape and Sunflower Oils.

By the end of February 2015, KFC UK will have removed just over 4,521 metric Tonnes of palm from our frying oil, chicken, Buns, Tortillas, fries, Hash browns, cobettes & chocolate sauces. There is only a small amount of palm oil remaining that we will continue to work to remove. This means we have removed 1,763,268 kg saturated fat - that’s just over 7 million packs (250g) of butter/ lard removed.

KFC Australia introduced canola oil in May 2012 replacing responsibly-sourced palm oil for cooking their freshly prepared menu items.

In December 2013, KFC France phased out of palm oil, using a new oil mix consisting of sunflower and rapeseed oil. Remaining markets that are currently using palm oil in products are reviewing and testing alternatives.

At the end of 2014, KFC Germany phased out of palm oil as a cooking oil, using a new oil mix consisting of sunflower and rapeseed oil with a higher content of unsaturated fatty acids. In addition our French fries are pre-fried in a palm-free oil blend.

Taco Bell is phasing into only using sustainable palm oil in our ingredients by the end of 2015.

We remain committed to implementing a global nutritional policy that includes the removal of palm oil as a cooking oil. In 2015, an environmental palm oil policy will take effect requiring markets that will not meet our nutrition policy timeline to source sustainable palm oil. Read the full policy here.