KFC Botswana has begun the process to source their ingredients locally.
Earlier in the year, the fast food outlet announced an expansion plan that will see them opening more outlets across the country, and more importantly sourcing their ingredients from local suppliers.
Before undertaking the expansion initiative, KFC undertook an intensive audit of their local suppliers to identify and fill any gaps to meet the health and food safety standards set by KFC Worldwide.
Despite the good intentions behind the audit, outlets countrywide were negatively affected.
“The audit process highlighted gaps that suppliers had to comply with before they could be approved as a supplier to KFC. There were therefore no “shortage” but merely bringing suppliers up to the KFC world class standard,” says KFC Marketing Manager, Annamarie Theron.
Suppliers have since been approved as ‘best in class’, allowing them to supply the restaurant chain with locally produced vegetables.
In order to ensure sustainability and consistency, KFC has also appointed a Quality Assurance Manager to work closely with suppliers.
Although KFC is eager to source their ingredients locally, they have also emphasized that all suppliers must meet their international standards.
“If any of the products or ingredients does not meet the KFC standards, we will not allow this into the restaurants as we will never put our customers at any risk,” adds Theron. KFC’s decision to source ingredients locally will boost Botswana’s agricultural sector.