KFC Finally Bows to Pressure:
Kenyan farmers now have a reason to smile as the KFC Kenya franchise finally bows to pressure, says plans are underway to source potatoes locally.
The company went ahead and disclosed that they source poultry, vegetables, flour, and ice cream online.
“KFC says plans initiated to source potatoes from Kenyan farmers amid the online furore,” reads part of the report as quoted via pulse live.
CEO of the National Potato Council of Kenya, Wachira Kaguongo, urged the franchise to work with local farmers explaining that the country is able to produce more than 62 varieties of potatoes. He affirmed that the country is ready to be contracted promising to meet the quality standard needed.
The move by KFC comes amid online protests after the company announced to have run short of potatoes. According to the CEO, the shortage came as a result of the high demand witnessed during the festive season and delays in shipping.
He had earlier stated that they cannot source potatoes locally as they had to meet global quality assurance across all their outlets internationally.
The news attracted many opinions of Kenyans who questioned why the franchise snubbed Kenyan farmers to import their potatoes.
Chief Executive for East Africa Jacques Theunissen explained to Business Daily that some of the corporate rules and procedures don’t allow the firm to source the key ingredient locally.
“The reason we cannot buy local at the moment is all suppliers need to go through the global QA approval process and we cannot bypass that even if we run out to ensure that our food is safe for consumption by our customers,” he said.