In true Colonel fashion, ensuring the highest-quality fried chicken starts with the chickens themselves, including how they’re raised and treated. This is why we’re committed to only sourcing our chickens from suppliers that adhere to established animal welfare practices.
You already know that KFC uses 100% real chicken and 0% mutant chickens, and that we’re committed to doing things the Hard Way. But our high standards for making Colonel-quality fried chicken also extend to how our chickens are raised and sourced. In fact, KFC’s parent company, Yum! Brands, established the Animal Welfare Advisory Council in 2003 to ensure that KFC chicken farms follow humane animal-handling practices.
So who are these suppliers? We source our chicken from 2,000 farms across the USA, many of which are family-owned small businesses. These KFC chicken farms are required to raise chickens humanely, in cage-free environments, based on the standards established with the Animal Welfare Advisory Council. The Council was also instrumental in developing a set of ethical sourcing principles that apply to all poultry, beef, and chicken suppliers in the US. These guiding principles focus on:
- Animal treatment
- Partnership with industry experts
- Ongoing training and education
- Performance quantification and supplier improvement
- Communication with industry leaders
At KFC, we feel a quality end product begins with chickens that are treated well.