Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), a global chain of fried chicken fast-food restaurants, opened a restaurant in Malawiâ€™s commercial city, Blantyre, on Sunday.
Minister of Trade John Bande said the opening of KFC Restaurant is an indication of investorsâ€™ confidence in steps President Joyce Banda has taken to put the economy on the recovery path.
â€œKFC is a modern restaurant and will have spillover effects to other sectors such as agriculture, poultry and potatoes which are major inputs in the food processing value chain.
â€œI know KFC is a high-standard and quality venture and I would not want to see its standards compromised,â€ said Bande.
The minister asked KFC employees to live up to the expected standards to protect the name and reputation of the restaurant.
KFC belongs to Afribrand Limited which is part of Tayub Corporation Limited.
Afribrands Limited director, Hamza Tayub, welcomed Malawians to the global KFC family.
Tayub said with the coming of the restaurant, Malawians will have a taste of truly global franchise.
The restaurant, with its operational headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky in the US, has donated K1 million to the Presidential Initiative on Safe Motherhood.
By December 2011, there were over 17 000 KFC outlets in 105 countries and territories, making it the second largest restaurant chain in the world after McDonalds.