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If you wanted six pieces of hormone-packed poulet coated in brown gutter sealant, you went to Kentucky Fried Chicken

Last Tuesday I wrote about restaurants and the huge number of them that go bust every year. So this week I'd like to concentrate instead on a catering success story. There is a type of fastfood outlet that seems to be going from strength to strength, in London at least. This is what might generically be called the southern fried chicken joint. In the beginning, of course, if you really had to have six pieces of shagged-out, hormone- packed factory-farmed poulet coated in brown waterproof gutter sealant, then the only place to go was the Kentucky Fried Chicken shop.

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PepsiCo made $1.7bn (£1.09bn) in 1994 on the back of increased sales in canned drinks, up on $1.5bn(£967m) in the previous year. But the performance of its restaurants, which include Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut was flat. Turno ver forthe year was $28.4bn, up from $25bn last year.
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