The global fast-food chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), has publicly announced its commitment to 100% reusable packaging. All plastic-based packaging in all franchises across the globe will be recoverable and reusable by 2025. This aligns with KFC’s long-term sustainability plan.
“As a global brand that operates more than 22 000 restaurants in over 135 countries, KFC is in a position to have a real impact on how the industry approaches waste and packaging management overall,” says KFC global division CEO Tony Lowings.
“With environmental sustainability as a core aspect of how we do business, this commitment represents a public acknowledgement of the obligation we have to address these serious issues,” explains Lowings.
KFC to partner with local suppliers
KFC will partner with selected suppliers in each country of its operations to identify suitable plastic packaging alternatives. It will also conduct audits of current systems at its franchises in order to see how and where it can reduce plastic waste.
The KFC global division will support its franchises around the world in the implementation of better sustainability processes and to meet the unique needs of local markets and consumers. As the laws and regulations around sustainability differ in each country, each market will have to have its own guidelines and objectives.
KFC South Africa joins the commitment
Several of these markets have already begun the process of reducing the use of plastics, including KFC South Africa. “As one of the leading QSR brands in the industry, KFC remains committed to embarking on initiatives that uphold environmental standards in the communities where we operate.” says the director of public affairs at KFC Africa, Thabisa Mkhwanazi.
“It is, therefore, our responsibility to take the necessary measures and implement practices that will ensure that we can reduce our environmental impact as much as possible,” he explains.
KFC South Africa is making headway with its goal for reusable packaging. Surveys around plastic usage have been fruitful and the South African chain will begin to eliminate plastic straws and other disposable packaging items.
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