KFC introduced Kentucky Grilled Chicken (KGC) in 2009. KGC is a great option for consumers who love the flavor of KFC, but are looking for products that are lower in calories. It’s marinated, then seasoned with KFC’s famous secret herbs and spices and slow grilled to juicy perfection. KGC has between 80 and 220 calories, 4-10 grams of fat and 1-3 grams of saturated fat depending upon the piece.
KFC continues to offer a variety of sides to balance any meal including green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and cole slaw, each having less than 10 grams of fat per serving.
KFC introduced Kids Meal with plenty of meal options under 300 calories. For example, a Kids Meal including a Kentucky Grilled Chicken drumstick, green beans, GoGo squeeZ™ applesauce and Capri Sun® Roarin’ Waters has 205 calories.
As part of their strategy to provide greater choice in the U.K., in 2015 KFC United Kingdom and Ireland launched it’s rice box range, the zinger, original and pulled rice boxes - respectively 510, 500 and 370 Kcal. These provide a healthier option at lunchtime, with one-third fewer calories than burger and fries and was supported by a significant media campaign. It’s their first meal option to replace fries with rice.
In 2012, KFC India launched an oven product called Fiery Grilled Chicken. All of it’s KFC restaurants in India now have ovens and oven prepared products. Fiery Grilled Chicken was promoted heavily and has proven to be a successful addition to the menu.
KFC Germany offers three grilled products: Grilled KFC Gourmet Chicken, Grilled Chicken Salad and Yummy Twister. These lighter menu options are displayed on dedicated special green menu board spaces.
KFC France launched a new oven cooked sandwich in 2013 called the Brazer Parmesan, which offers a more balanced choice to customers.
In 2013, KFC Thailand launched Foilicious, chicken on the bone oven cooked in foil to preserve the flavor and juiciness. Customer satisfaction and product quality were very high.
At KFC Australia, they are passionate about great tasting food and are continually investigating how they can improve products and provide broader menu choices. They have been on a journey to improve balanced food choices for their customers and are committed to reducing sodium and sugar, and reducing trans-saturated fats to less than 0.5 percent without compromising on taste or quality. In 2013, they launched a permanent grilled menu, ensuring that customers can enjoy more options when visiting KFC Australia.
The KFC South Africa menu provides customers nationwide with a fresh green salad option, as well as a Grilled Burger, Grilled Twister, diet soft drinks and bottled water.
With more than two billion different topping combinations, Pizza Hut’s pizza is one of the most customizable products on the planet. For example, ordering a Thin ‘N Crispy® pizza with less cheese and toppings that are lower in fat (lean meats such as chicken or ham and fruit/vegetables), can mean consumers enjoy a great tasting pizza with up to 25 percent less fat than the regular Thin ‘N Crispy® pizzas. Customization is made simple through the “Create Your Own” ordering feature at PizzaHut.com and throughout all of their ordering options.
New to Pizza Hut’s menu are Gluten Free Pizzas and the option to Skinny It Up. Pizza Hut now offers cheese and pepperoni Gluten Free Pizzas in select locations throughout the U.S. These pizzas are made with Udi’s® gluten free crust that is prepared following a strict preparation process certified by the leading gluten free certification program, the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). See pizzahut.com/glutenfree for more information.
Skinny It Up Pizzas are delicious pizzas made with smarter portions, so you get the same great flavor, with fewer calories per slice. You can order any recipe on Skinny It Up crust or create your own Skinny It Up Pizza with select toppings for 300 calories or less per slice. See pizzahut.com/skinnyitup for more information.
Meeting the USDA’s National School Lunch Program and All Foods Sold in Schools nutrition standards, Pizza Hut offers kid-approved pizzas made of 51 percent whole wheat crust, lite mozzarella cheese, and reduced fat and sodium pepperoni.
Real and fresh ingredients are important to Pizza Hut. That’s why they offer an array of toppings including fresh vegetables like green peppers and mushrooms, naturally-preserved Italian sausage, 100 percent white meat chicken, and 100 percent real beef, pork, and ham. Further, Pizza Hut’s Pan, Thin ‘N Crispy®, Hand-Tossed Style, and Stuffed Crust pizzas contain:
- Zero grams of artificial trans fat
- No high fructose corn syrup
- No Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- No artificial colors/dyes
- No artificial flavors
In Australia, Pizza Hut offers a gluten free base that is a permanent option on the menu. They have also added a list of gluten free ingredients on their website for consumers interested in a gluten free alternative. In 2016, Pizza Hut Australia will introduce medium and family sized bases to offer consumers more choice. A new plain, uncoated wing will also be introduced into the range of sides in 2016 with a choice of three flavored sauces.
Pizza Hut Europe launched new balanced options in 2013:
- Tuscani pizza range with salad on top in Poland (Prosciutto & Arugula, Chorizo & Spinach)
- Pizza Sun in Germany, Romania, Luxembourg and Sweden
- Fresh fruit beverages, including grapefruit, cucumber and basil, and watermelon lemonades
- Salad bar enhancements
- New plated salad offerings in Poland, Greece, Cyprus and Romania
Pizza Hut Canada launched a range of balanced pizza and pasta options.
Pizza Hut India provides more than 15 percent of meals with less than one-third RDA, which includes personal portion pastas and Magic Pan Pizza.
At Taco Bell, they recognize the dietary and lifestyle needs of their customers are unique and highly personalized. They’ve committed to offering relevant options and evolving their menu to meet the ever-changing lifestyles that define today’s culture, without compromising the flavor and value people love and expect from Taco Bell. For example, in 2015, Taco Bell became the first and only QSR to offer menu items certified by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA). They offer 13 AVA-certified menu items and a number of individual certified ingredients that can be customized in millions of ways, including:
- 38 vegetarian ingredients, including reduced-fat sour cream and nacho cheese sauce
- Of 38 vegetarian ingredients, 28 are also vegan, including black and pinto beans and premium Latin rice
- 46 made-without-gluten ingredients, including regular taco shell, DLT shells and tostada shells, which are also AVA-certified vegetarian or vegan
For those looking for more protein, Taco Bell launched Cantina Power in 2014. This evolution of their Cantina menu combines high protein and big flavor. It features burritos and bowls packed with lean protein and nutrient-rich produce, with more than 20 grams of protein all under 500 calories or less. Because customers want the classic Taco Bell flavors they love, they also include real cheddar cheese, reduced-fat sour cream, premium guacamole and freshly prepared pico de gallo.
Taco Bell listens to their customers daily, and know that in addition to new menus that fit different lifestyles and cravings, customers also want choices that are balanced. That’s why three fourths of Taco Bell’s menu is 500 calories or less. And for breakfast, nearly 1/2 of the menu is 400 calories or less. For ways to enjoy lower calorie, lower fat options, almost all items on Taco Bell’s menu can be ordered “Fresco-style” – which replaces mayo-based sauces, guacamole, reduced-fat sour cream and cheese with freshly-prepared pico de gallo. This usually provides a 25 percent reduction in fat. Ordering from their signature Fresco Menu offers seven signature items with less than 350 calories and 10 grams of fat. Their Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco contains 150 calories and four total fat grams versus 200 calories and 10 total fat grams in the traditional Grilled Steak Soft Taco.
So whether people are looking for vegetarian, made-without-gluten, high protein, lower calorie/lower in fat, in the mood for something indulgent or all of the above, Taco Bell has food for all that is easy to customize and easy to order in their restaurants, on their website – Ta.co – or through the Taco Bell mobile app.
In China, they have steadily increased the number of menu choices since the mid-1990s. More than 40 different vegetable options have been served in their restaurants since 2001. They offer a variety of locally relevant, nutritionally balanced menu items, including the following:
- Seasonal vegetables and corn salad
- Egg and vegetable soup, and fish ball soup with green vegetables
- An entire line of delicious, healthy roasted foods, including Roasted Chicken Leg Burger in a variety of local and international styles; Roasted Pork Burger such as BBQ Flavored Double Mighty Burger; Roasted Wings; and local favorites with a distinctive KFC twister and wrap
- Chinese-style breakfast menu of Congees and Soya Milk
- Rice product with local and international flavor has been highly praised by customers since the first launch in February 2010