Some of our important milestones over the years:

  • 1930s

    KFC’s founder, Harland Sanders, begins cooking for hungry travelers at his service station and motel, Sanders Court & Café in Corbin, KY.

  • 1952

    Restaurant owner Pete Harman becomes first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee.

  • 1958

    Two college brothers borrow $600 from their mother to open the first-ever Pizza Hut Restaurant in Wichita, Kansas. The menu consists of beer, soft drinks, and what has now become Thin ‘N Crispy pizza.

  • 1962

    Glen Bell opens the first Taco Bell “mission style” restaurant in Downey, California, serving up what his customers call “Tay-Kohs.”

  • 1970

    KFC International Headquarters (later named Restaurant Support Center) opens for business in Louisville, KY.

  • 1980

    Our new deep-dish Pan Pizza makes its debut, with an evolutionary crust that’s unlike anything America has experienced and it’s still #1 today. One out of every two Pizza Hut pizzas sold in America is a Pan Pizza!

  • 1987

    KFC opens the first western fast food restaurant in China – the Beijing Qianmen store.

  • 1997

    KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut spin off from PepsiCo to form Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc., the world’s largest restaurant company, and YUM trades for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • 2003

    Yum! Restaurants International, drives international growth opening its 1000th KFC in China.

  • 2007

    Yum! partners with the World Food Programme and launches World Hunger Relief fund-raising efforts.

  • 2008

    Yum! Brands Issues First Corporate Responsibility Report.

  • 2010

    Yum! Brands Recognized By Black Enterprise Magazine’s “40 Best Companies For Diversity” List For Sixth Consecutive Year.

  • 2013

    Yum! Brands Announces Opening of 40,000th Restaurant With KFC In Goa, India.

  • 2014

    Yum! Brands named one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America.

  • 2016

    Yum! Brands Announces Intention To Separate Into Two Publicly Traded Companies; China Division To Become Independent Company Focused On Growth In Mainland China, Yum! Brands To Become Global “Pure Play” Franchisor With Three Iconic Brands.