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Old 09-09-08, 05:47 PM
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KFC shoring up security for secret recipe

KFC shoring up security for secret recipe
By BRUCE SCHREINER (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
September 09, 2008 10:51 AM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Pssst. The secret's out at KFC. Well, sort of.

Colonel Harland Sanders' handwritten recipe of 11 herbs and spices was removed Tuesday from safekeeping at KFC's corporate offices for the first time in decades. The temporary relocation is allowing KFC to revamp security around a yellowing sheet of paper that contains one of the country's most famous corporate secrets.

The brand's top executive admitted his nerves were aflutter despite the tight security he lined up for the operation.

"I don't want to be the president who loses the recipe," KFC President Roger Eaton said. "Imagine how terrifying that would be."

The recipe that launched the chicken chain was placed in a lock box that was handcuffed to security expert Bo Dietl, who climbed aboard an armored car that whisked away with an escort from off-duty police officers.

Eaton's parting words to Dietl: "Keep it safe."

So important is the 68-year-old concoction that coats the chain's Original Recipe chicken that only two company executives at any time have access to it. The company refuses to release their names or titles, and it uses multiple suppliers who produce and blend the ingredients but know only a part of the entire contents.

KFC executives said they decided to upgrade security after retrieving the recipe amid preparations to add a new line of Original Recipe chicken strips.

The recipe has been stashed at the company headquarters for decades, and for more than 20 years has been tucked away in a filing cabinet equipped with two combination locks. To reach the cabinet, the keepers of the recipe would first open up a vault and unlock three locks on a door that stood in front of the cabinet.

Vials of the herbs and spices are also stored in the secret filing cabinet.

Others have tried to replicate the recipe, and occasionally someone claims to have found a copy of Sanders' creation. The executive said none have come close, adding the actual recipe would include some surprises.

Sanders developed the formula in 1940 at his tiny restaurant in southeastern Kentucky and used it to launch the KFC chain in the early 1950s.

Larry Miller, a restaurant analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said the recipe's value is "almost an immeasurable thing. It's part of that important brand image that helps differentiate the KFC product."

KFC had a total of 14,892 locations worldwide at the end of 2007. The chain has had strong sales overseas, especially in its fast-growing China market, but has struggled in the U.S. amid a more health-conscious public. KFC posted U.S. sales of $5.3 billion at company-owned and franchised stores in 2007.


I dont think the chicken taste the same or is as good since they changed to Trans Fat Free oil. And with all the tecnology out there couldnt a chemist/whatever take a piece of fried chicken and tell what was in it?
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I know they fucked the good 'Colonel' over financially.
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Originally Posted by ernestrp View Post
Others have tried to replicate the recipe, and occasionally someone claims to have found a copy of Sanders' creation. The executive said none have come close, adding the actual recipe would include some surprises.
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Old 09-09-08, 06:03 PM
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Uh, if it's so secret, wouldn't the people making and mixing the herbs on the chickens know what the secret is?
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Originally Posted by salamander2 View Post
Uh, if it's so secret, wouldn't the people making and mixing the herbs on the chickens know what the secret is?
Originally Posted by ernestrp View Post
it uses multiple suppliers who produce and blend the ingredients but know only a part of the entire contents.
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If it was Washington Fried Chicken, the secret woulda been leaked years ago.
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Nice marketing scheme.

If no one announced anything about it moving, it wouldn't have been such a "security concern."
Old 09-09-08, 07:21 PM
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I personally used to like their chicken better before the Trans Fat situation.
Old 09-09-08, 08:23 PM
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I always thought the top secret recipe was just a myth...very surprised they have kept it a secret for so long.
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Sounds like marketing to me. Awhile back a guy who used to own the local KFC franchises opened up a chicken place called Roosters. People say it's the original recipe chicken, tastes just like KFC. Course the rest of the menu is different but the chicken is just like KFC.
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Do people really think the "original recipe" chicken is the best fast food chicken?

I don't even think its the best chicken at KFC itself. I'd rather have the extra crispy.

It's all marketing for sure.
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Originally Posted by ernestrp View Post
The executive said none have come close, adding the actual recipe would include some surprises.
Powdered beaks is my guess.
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I've made better tasting fried chicken than KFC. There. I said it. And I'm damn proud of it.
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Originally Posted by DthRdrX View Post
I personally used to like their chicken better before the Trans Fat situation.

Everything was better before the Trans Fat situation. Damn the food police !!!!
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Originally Posted by ernestrp View Post
I dont think the chicken taste the same or is as good since they changed to Trans Fat Free oil. And with all the tecnology out there couldnt a chemist/whatever take a piece of fried chicken and tell what was in it?
You can do that easily with some things (a few years back I posted the ingredients in Red Bull from a GC/MS).

The problem with something like a chicken coating is that, at best, you could only get the chemical components. So theoretically, you'd have to analyze the chicken to get the components, then run a series of potential ingredients, then run some sort of assignments algorithm with the components and the quantity (luckily, it's linear) to determine the recipe.

Assuming you could get all of the potential ingredients (if you miss even one, it would get screwy), it's possible. It's a lot of work, but would make for a completely useless, but probably interesting, master's thesis. Well, maybe another chicken place would hire you, I don't know.

Is it really that good? I've never eaten KFC.

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It's not bad, but it's the worst chicken place I've been to. I guess it's not easy to make bad fried chicken.
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Originally Posted by TomOpus View Post
Nice marketing scheme.

If no one announced anything about it moving, it wouldn't have been such a "security concern."
I was thinking the exact same thing. This is just a marketing ploy for KFC.
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Originally Posted by dx23 View Post
I was thinking the exact same thing. This is just a marketing ploy for KFC.
You think?
KFC executives said they decided to upgrade security after retrieving the recipe amid preparations to add a new line of Original Recipe chicken strips.
What?! A new line of chicken strips, you say? Tell me more!
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Well, this explains why gas went up 30 cents today in Louisville. Everyone was worried about the secret recipe getting out and destroying our local economy.

Yes, I'm sure that's the reason. Honest.
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Why don't we just as the Archite... er... Colonel, himself?
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Originally Posted by matta View Post
You can do that easily with some things (a few years back I posted the ingredients in Red Bull from a GC/MS).
Why didn't you just read the ingredients on the label?
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Originally Posted by Aphex Twin View Post
Why didn't you just read the ingredients on the label?
Because we were able to figure out concentration. The big question had to do with the claim that RedBull had very little caffeine, but a lot of amino acids, and that's what gives you energy. We found that 1 can of RedBull had a negligible amount of amino acids, but the caffeine equivalent of 3 or 4 cups of coffee.

This was an undergraduate chemistry lab from nearly 10 years ago. The basic idea was to bring something (anything) in and figure out the consistent of the product. Pretty much everyone else did Coke (liquids are much easier to analyze).
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Is it really that good? I've never eaten KFC.
I haven't had a banana in a month, you don't see me braggin' about it.

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