This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 2 °C Monday 16 December, 2019

After more than two decades on ice, Colonel Sanders is back

In advertising form. Not the real one.

Image: KFC/YouTube

FIRST IT TRIED dipping its greasy fingers into the burrito business, now KFC is turning back the clock in a bid to kick-start sales.

In a move that echoes McDonald’s recent revival of the Hamburglar, the fried-chicken chain has turned to its founder after a two-decade absence from TV screens.

Colonel Sanders has made a reappearance in the latest US commercials for the company, 75 years after he supposedly invented the famous “secret recipe” (hint: it’s mainly salt and MSG).

Complete with banjo music and a slightly wheezing cackle, the world’s most famous chicken salesman was rolled out again for this “state of Kentucky Fried Chicken address”:

Source: KFC/YouTube

The company put the colonel, whose real-life namesake died a millionaire in 1980 at the age of 90, on ice in the early 1980s.

Most recently, its ad gurus have been trying to give the brand a slicker image with efforts like its “music video in a lunch hour” – which doesn’t have anything to do with chicken at all, really.

Our Honeymoon Source: navets

The throwback to the past comes as the big fast-food players struggle to hold onto customers amid demand for healthier food options, while they have simultaneously been hit by up-and-coming operators with new products and less baggage.

KFC’s parent company, Yum Brands, suffered under last year’s food scare in China, where its restaurants have been losing their lustre, although at least it has been faring better than rival McDonald’s.

KFC1 Source: YouTube/KFC

First published 4.05pm

READ: One of the world’s worst-rated beers is crushing all the competition >

READ: McDonald’s is 75 years old today – here’s what their first menu looked like >

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Peter Bodkin  / Editor, Fora

Read next: