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KFC, Elias Ketema part ways

The deal to bring one of the world’s most successful food franchises to Ethiopia – Kentucky Fried Chicken – by the founder of the posh Italian restaurant Gusto and co-owner of Kaldi’s Cafe, Captain Elias Ketema, has faltered, The Reporter has learnt.

Global franchises challenged by knock-off brands in Ethiopia

Just in time for the opening its belated first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in the Addis Ababa and following the opening of two Pizza Hut franchises, Yum! Brands of South Africa, the company behind the famous fast food chain of restaurants, is facing unexpected competition from knock-off restaurants set to open in the Bole area next month, among which is the Kentaki Krunchy Fried Chekin (KKFC).

Kaldis set to open KFC

As Kentucky-based Yum! teams up with Belayab Foods to bring Pizza Hut in the capital, Kaldis – Ethiopia’s premier café is set to open KFC.

Kaldi’s to bring KFC to Ethiopia

The company behind Kaldi’s, Ethiopia’s most recognized coffee shop brand, is set to launch the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise in Ethiopia within a year, The Reporter has learnt. Owned by one-time Ethiopian model, Tseday Asrat and Ethiopian Airlines captain, Elias Ketema, KFC Ethiopia is to complement the brands owned by the duo, including Lori-Agro-Industry and Gusto Restaurant, the latter being one of the few fine Italian dining spots in the capital.