Chick-fil-A top chicken chain

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 2:38 PM
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NEW YORK — Chick-fil-A widened its lead over rival KFC as the No. 1 chicken chain in the U.S. last year.

Preliminary data from food industry researcher Technomic shows that Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A held the lead because its locations are much busier, even though there are far fewer of them.

Chick-fil-A first surpassed KFC as the top chicken chain in 2012. KFC is still much bigger globally.

KFC, owned by Yum Brands Inc., has been struggling in recent years, despite a variety of new menu items like boneless chicken pieces and snack cups designed to fit in a car cup holder. It even began testing a more upscale restaurant concept called “KFC eleven.” Sales at established locations nevertheless fell 2 percent last year.

Chick-fil-A, which has its heaviest presence in the South, has developed a loyal following for its fried chicken sandwiches. Unlike KFC, the chain also offers a breakfast menu, giving it another way to boost sales. Chick-fil-A total U.S. sales have been growing steadily over the years and narrowing the gap with KFC, which has been suffering declines as it trims its store count.

Last year, Chick-fil-A had 1,775 locations and pulled in $5.05 billion in sales, according to Technomic. KFC had 4,438 stores that brought in $4.22 billion in U.S. sales.

A representative for Chick-fil-A said in an email the company was “deeply grateful” for its loyal customers as it expands into new markets. A KFC spokesman, Rick Maynard, noted in a statement that the chain “has seen a lot of competitors come and go since 1952,” when it first opened.

“Colonel Sanders wasn’t afraid of a little competition then, and we still welcome it today,” Maynard said in the email.

Technomic gets its data by surveying companies or estimating sales based on information provided by the company.

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deestafford
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deestafford 04/02/14 - 03:37 pm
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I bet the homosexual lobby is having a hissy fit...

I bet the homosexual lobby is having a hissy fit in that people have not run and cowered when they threatened Chick-fil-A with their shenanigans.

It just goes to show that when Christians stick by their principles they come out ahead. I wish more people and businesses would stand up to the bullying homosexuals who are only about 3% of the population and whose influence is well beyond its size.

KFC's problem is they quit dancin' with the one that brung 'em and started chasin' the pretty girl.

edcushman
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edcushman 04/02/14 - 03:48 pm
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Chick-fil-A's chicken is MUCH
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Chick-fil-A's chicken is MUCH better than KFC

OJP
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OJP 04/02/14 - 04:21 pm
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@deestafford

The owner recently back-tracked and abandoned his former brothers-in-hate in favor of the Almighty Dollar:

"Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by [recognizing] the mistakes that you make," Cathy said. "And you learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it."

I really am thankful we live in the Internet Age so comments like yours cannot be erased when you and others backpedal like crazy and try to claim that you were never opponents of equality.

That day is rapidly approaching: 81% of Americans under 30 support marriage equality, including 61% of Republicans under 30.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 04/02/14 - 04:35 pm
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Loving it

Best employer ever! Great training and all around good traditional Christian values! Well deserved!

deestafford
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deestafford 04/03/14 - 12:00 am
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OJP, You will not see me backing down on any principle...

OJP, You will not see me backing down on any principle. I will change on an opinion if I'm shown to be wrong.

Just because many under 30 have been brain washed by the educational system and the media that the deviant behavior called homosexuality is OK does not make it right.

Ruling by majority is what democracy is all about and that is why we are not a democracy which is mob rule. It can be likened to two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

I feel so strongly about what I write that I put my name rather than using some other identifier on my posts. I'm not ashamed of what I write or speak and will stand by all my communications.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/02/14 - 07:16 pm
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Good for you, Dee! Obviously,

Good for you, Dee! Obviously, you've got another "bully" on your hands, it seems, ready to turn your words to make you look like the intolerant bad guy!
As far as the under-30 stats, they mean nothing because it has been proven over and over how attitudes of young adults change over time. Life experiences form opinions.
As far as CFA goes, they've certainly been blessed because of their hard work and faithful service.

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Butterman 04/02/14 - 11:24 pm
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Chicken
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I am more concerned with their food than their politics. Aside from being delicious, they have one of the healthiest menus of any of the fast food chains. Nothing beats their classic Chik-fil-A sandwiches and I have always been a fan of their waffle fries. Their salads use top quality ingredients. The restaurants are always kept very clean and their staff is friendly and efficient. My only complaint is that they discontinued their carrot raisin salad. I loved that stuff.

deestafford
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deestafford 04/02/14 - 11:59 pm
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Butterman, You are so right. It just goes to show...

Butterman, You are so right. It just goes to show that when you give people what they want--in this case good food, cleanliness, and reasonable prices---they will line up around the block as they do with CFA. Here is this wonderful eating chain who was minding their own business when they were the targets of bullying by those with a political agenda.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 04/03/14 - 12:07 am
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I'd like to try their chicken

I'd like to try their chicken if they are preparing it differently than they were a few months ago. I didn't like the texture. Do you know if they've changed to the new presser yet?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/03/14 - 05:14 am
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OJP misconstrues Dan Cathy's

OJP misconstrues Dan Cathy's comment....only printing part of his comment makes it appear he has changed his view. If you actually read the whole interview you will find that Mr. Cathy's has not changed his view on SSM but that the part of comment you choose to publish, was in reference to how he handled the original statement as a business decision.

"In a rare and wide-ranging interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cathy admitted his anti-equality stance probably wasn’t a wise business decision, regretting “making the company a symbol in the marriage debate”: "

"Cathy himself hasn’t changed his own views on same-sex marriage. As he told the AJC: ““I think the time of truths and principles are captured and codified in God’s word and I’m just personally committed to that,” he said. “I know others feel very different from that and I respect their opinion and I hope that they would be respectful of mine.”

He also said "“I think that’s a political debate that’s going to rage on,” he told the Journal-Sentinel. “And the wiser thing for us to do is to stay focused on customer service.”

So OJP, he has not "back-tracked nor abandoned his former brothers-in-hate in favor of the Almighty Dollar". Mr. Cathy is still standing on the biblical principles he believes in.

KSL
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KSL 04/03/14 - 05:26 am
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OJP

Cannot bring myself to use the term "married" for unions of same sex people. My dictionary describes that as a relationship between men and women. Are there dictionaries out there that have changed that definition?

Union equality I can support. Back off on calling it marriage. That is just an in our face insult, which I am certain is intended. After all, what y'all are after is the same benefits.

KSL
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KSL 04/03/14 - 05:30 am
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The in our face is about

The in our face is about usurping the term "marriage." And that is hateful.

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nocnoc 04/03/14 - 06:23 am
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Thanks to the all those Protesters.

Because of the LIBERAL Protesters usual vain efforts, and the resulting out pouring of support from moral and loyal customers of the company.

Chic-Fil-A saw a 2012-13 year-to-year revenue increase from $4B
to $4,600,000,000.00 ($4.6 billion). Now another jump from 2013-2014 of 4.6B to $5.05B

That 2012-13 $600,000,000.00 ($600M) increase in sales, was accomplished without a major increase in advertising expenses, product changes, or other expensive adjustments.

The 2013-14 $460,500,000 ($460M)jump shows they have established themselves as a great place to eat and company founded on MORALS.

All it took was a few LIBERALS to put their foot in their mouth.

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Airman 04/03/14 - 07:30 am
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Customer Service

OK I did my own survey at three different times of the day, different days of the week and different locations. CFA served me 17% faster than Wendys or McDonalds, and 100% accurate on my order and had twice the employees in most locations. So how do they make money? They train, reward and therefore keep loyal employees, the lines move faster and they sell more food. The business is set up on Christian principles and they follow the golden rule

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seenitB4 04/03/14 - 07:35 am
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Carrot raisin salad

I loved that too....my fav there....the chicken is good too..

So the protests didn't work...just like with Paula Deen & Ole Phil on Duck Dynasty....finally the other side is just not taking it anymore.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/03/14 - 07:43 am
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OJP...by "brothers in hate"
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OJP...by "brothers in hate" do you mean those who are intolerant of Christians with Christian values?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/03/14 - 07:46 am
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Augusta is lucky

Chick Fl A and Wife Saver. But, I have a feeling this thread is no longer about chicken.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/03/14 - 07:51 am
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You may be right, JTF.
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You may be right, JTF.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/03/14 - 08:11 am
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If story changes on here

I blame it on butterman...every time I see that name I think of a butterball turkey, for some reason.hah

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Brad Owens 04/03/14 - 09:36 am
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Simple economics..

Great food, excellent service, super clean and well managed.

Plus the fact a lot of folks were reminded about CFA thanks to the gay marriage controversy, I know I was. I had not eaten there in years until that happened, then I remembered how good the food was. I eat there at least once a week now and I have not ONCE thought about anything but the food when making my choice to eat there or while eating the great food...

"Gay what? nom nom nom nom"

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Marinerman1 04/03/14 - 01:17 pm
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@AutumnLeaves

A few weeks ago, CFA announced that their grilled chicken has a new taste. It is REALLY good. I have never had a bad experience, or met up with a rude service person @ CFA. Can't say that about the other chains. The Mullins Crossing location had two protesters. They were given free bottled water. And Ice Dream rocks...!

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 04/03/14 - 02:47 pm
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I enjoy the food, but it's

I enjoy the food, but it's the commercials I like...those cows crack me up!

Dudeness
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Dudeness 04/03/14 - 03:03 pm
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KFC has much better chicken

KFC has much better chicken and sides, but CFA beats them in everything not related to food. I don't care for their food myself, but CFA blows away nearly everyone when it comes to customer service.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/03/14 - 03:05 pm
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Marinerman1, I find it
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Marinerman1, I find it interesting that you got a thumbs down for mentioning that they have wonderful service, and even treated their protesters with dignity and grace. SMH.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 04/03/14 - 03:08 pm
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Their peach shakes.....yum.

Their peach shakes.....yum.

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triscuit 04/03/14 - 03:12 pm
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They are tops to me because

They are tops to me because of superb customer service. The wait is minimal no matter what time of day you are there. You are greeted by people that can actually speak clear English, and act like they are actually glad you are there, instead of like you are inconveniencing them. McDonalds, you wonder why you are slipping? Take a look at the type of employees ChikFilA hires. ChikFilaA and (for the most part) Arby's have the best customer service and that is where I spend my lunch money. Plus ChikFilA food is ALWAYS fresh and served at the correct temperature.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 04/04/14 - 08:27 am
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@PondLife

I was asking myself the same question... I guess they thought that they should've gotten a free meal as well.

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