Red Rooster’s new menu item sparks chicken war

 

Look out Colonel Sanders, there's a new rooster in town.

Red Rooster is ruffling feathers by taking on KFC - adding Crunchy Fried Chicken to their menu.

Their fried chicken items will be rolled out nationally from today - a week ahead of the NRL season kick-off where they sponsor the Sydney Roosters.

Director of Marketing Ash Hughes told News Corp Australia the decision to add the fried option - which had been trialled in 100 stores - had been part of their transformation to being a brand that offers more "treat and indulgence" meals.

Mr Hughes, who previously worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken, said the big difference with their offering is that it is made with fresh chicken in stores where it is marinated for 12 hours, before being battered and cooked in store.

"We've been entrenched in being a brand that is mum's helper with a roast chicken for so long, but we decided we needed to expand our range," Mr Hughes said.

He said they had gone to great lengths to create their recipe and tested multiple seasonings, brining processes, cooking temperatures and oils.

"We tried hundreds of fried chicken options in the US and then developed our own interpretation to bring to Australia," he said.

 

Red Rooster’s new crunchy fried chicken range. Picture: Supplied
Red Rooster’s new crunchy fried chicken range. Picture: Supplied

 

"We do not use frozen chicken pieces. It is not spicy - it's just crunchy. But we will expand on our flavour innovation as we go."

He also rejected suggestions they were trying to copy their competition.

"We like to do something that is distinctively us, not be a copycat," he said.

"We don't have plans to create a bucket full of crispy fried chicken for example.

"It will take time to roll out across our stores. For those who love fried chicken, we say give it a go."

The move comes as a recent IBIS World report into takeaway chicken shops in Australia found industry players have been changing their menus by offering more health-conscious meals and grilled chicken products.

But convenience still drives demand for such fast foods that replace home-cooked meals.

With a market share of 23.3 per cent, the report states Red Rooster's parent company Craveable Brands has faced "intensifying industry competition" which has caused

company profitability to fluctuate over the past five years.

 

Red Rooster launches its new fried chicken range. Picture: Supplied
Red Rooster launches its new fried chicken range. Picture: Supplied

 

"Like many fast-food providers, increased competition from new forms of fast food has

constrained Craveable Brands' industry-related revenue over the period," it stated.

"However, the company's focus on home delivery, which is considered a major growth area, and the expansion of its delivery offerings through Red Rooster ... has helped somewhat offset the company's losses over the past five years."

Queensland University of Technology retail expert Gary Mortimer said while there is an "indulgent element" that works for fast food chains, moving away from one's original product can be risky.

"I always say stick to your knitting, if you try to replicate what others are doing you will draw comparisons," he said.

"But if you're able to communicate your point of difference and do comparative advertising to inform customers, it will work.

"The art is in the message."

 

 

Where you can get Crunchy Fried Chicken:

 

 

NSW

ARMIDALE

BASS HILL

BLACKTOWN EAST

BOMADERRY

CAMPBELLTOWN

CARLTON

CHULLORA

DUBBO

EASTERN CREEK

ERINA

ERMINGTON

GLENDALE

GOSFORD WEST

GOULBURN

GREGORY HILLS

GUILDFORD

KEMPSEY

KURRI KURRI

LAKE HAVEN

LAKEMBA

LURNEA

MOOREBANK

MOUNT DRUITT

MOUNT OUSLEY

MT ANNAN

MT PRITCHARD

NEWCASTLE AIRPORT

PANANIA

PARKLEA

PENRITH

PRESTONS

ROUSE HILL

ST CLAIR

SUMMER HILL

THORNTON

TUGGERAH

WARATAH

WERRINGTON

WINDSOR

WOODBINE

 

 

QUEENSLAND

AITKENVALE

AYR

CHARTERS TOWERS

FAIRFIELD WATERS

KIRWAN

MOUNT LOUISA

THE LAKES

UNDERWOOD

FOREST LAKE

BUNDABERG

DEERAGUN

GRACEMERE

KALLANGUR

RUNAWAY BAY

KULUIN

CAMP HILL

NORTH LAKES DTR

LOGAN CITY

TWEED HEADS

NARANGBA

CURRIMUNDI

CANELAND DRIVE THRU

CANELAND FOOD COURT

CARRARA

 

VICTORIA

ASCOT VALE

CRANBOURNE NORTH

CORIO

FAIRFIELD

HOPPERS CROSSING

KEILOR ROAD

SPRINGVALE SOUTH

MORNINGTON

SUNSHINE

PAKENHAM CARDINIA LAKES

FERNTREE GULLY

RICHMOND

DEER PARK

GREENSBOROUGH

WAURN PONDS

BALLARAT

CRANBOURNE

SUNBURY

NORTH FRANKSTON

ALTONA MEADOWS

HAMPTON

COBURG

TAYLORS LAKES

EUMEMMERRING

KARINGAL

MELTON

 

ACT

CHARNWOOD

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MUNNO PARA

 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

FORRESTFIELD

JOONDANNA

ELLENBROOK

RIVERVALE

HAMILTON HILL

BALDIVIS

BELDON

MIDVALE

MIAMI PLAZA

INNALOO

ALEXANDER HEIGHTS

MALAGA

GERALDTON

BUSSELTON

 

 

 

Originally published as Red Rooster's new menu item sparks chicken war



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