Tuesday, August 2, 2011

[pima.nius] KFC in Fiji closes, 80 jobs lost

2:00 PM |

KFC in Fiji closes, 80 jobs lost

Updated August 2, 2011 16:42:44

The international fast food chain KFC says it's had to close its three restaurants in Fiji because of a dispute over ingredients.

The company says the Fiji Quarantine and Inspection Division won't let them bring in a special milk and egg mix, and a specific kind of salt.

They say this means they can't cook fried chicken to the correct recipe, so their two stores in Suva and one in Nadi have had to stop operating, with the loss of 80 jobs.

Steve Johnson, the manager of Kazi Foods, which operates the KFC franchise in Fiji, says dealing with government agencies has been a long and frustrating process.

Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Steve Johnson, manager of Kazi Foods, which operates the KFC franchise in Fiji

And there's been a development with this story this afternoon.

Fiji's Attorney General, in his capacity as the Minister for Commerce and Industries, has called a meeting of all the stakeholders to resolve these outstanding issues which will happen on Thursday.

KFC has reiterated that government authorities should be helping investors and local businesses to enhance investment and job creation, and the company looks forward to resolving the issue amicably.


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