Yum! Brands

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Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSEYUM) or Yum! is a Fortune 500 corporation. Yum! operates or licenses Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Wingstreet, and Long John Silver's restaurants worldwide, and A&W Restaurants (excluding A&W in Canada).

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, it is the world's largest fast food restaurant company in terms of system units—nearly 37,000 restaurants around the world in more than 110 countries and territories.[3] In 2009, Yum!'s global sales totaled nearly US$11 billion.

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History

Yum! was created on October 7, 1997, as Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc. an independent company, as a result of a spin-out from PepsiCo, which owned and franchised the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands worldwide. Because of the company's previous relationship with Pepsi, Yum! Brands has a lifetime contract with PepsiCo, with notable exceptions being the contract of A&W Restaurants with Dr Pepper Snapple Group to be the exclusive restaurant provider of A&W Root Beer, and the contracts of franchisees such as HMSHost and college-operated locations with Coca-Cola which override Yum's lifetime PepsiCo contract, along with some scattered KFC franchises across the United States which continue to maintain Coke fountain rights.

Yum! Chairman & CEO David C. Novak is a director of J.P. Morgan Chase and became chief executive officer of Yum! Brands on January 1, 2000, and chairman of the board on January 1, 2001. He is also a member of the Yum! executive/finance committee.

In March 2002, Tricon announced the acquisition of Lexington, Kentucky,-based Yorkshire Global Restaurants, owner of the Long John Silver's and A&W All-American Food chains and its intention to change the company's name to Yum! Brands, Inc. On May 16, 2002, the name change became effective after a vote during the company's annual shareholders meeting, and on June 17, 2002, Yum! executed a two-for-one stock split. Shortly afterwards, due to Yum!'s lifetime contract with Pepsi, Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurants (both of which previously served Coca-Cola) switched to Pepsi products once their franchise contracts expired, with A&W retaining A&W Root Beer from a separate deal with Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

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