Friday, 22 May 2009

KFC Back Down in Trademark Dispute With Scottish Pizza Shop

A small pizzeria in Angus, Scotland has won its battle with global fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) over the term "Family Feast".

The Titanic Pizza Co in Carnoustie was warned by KFC to stop using the slogan to describe one of its meal deals because it had trademarked the name.

The Angus takeaway said it had been using the phrase since 1992.

The chicken chain has now written to Titanic to say the matter would not be taken any further.

Titanic's Family Feast is made up of two pizzas, garlic bread, onion rings, chips and juice; while the KFC deal comprises 12 pieces of chicken, four portions of chips, coleslaw, beans and a drink.

KFC's lawyers sent a letter to Titanic saying it had trademarked the term Family Feast in in 1994 and 2003.

The Carnousite pizzeria owners wrote backing saying "we refuse to be bullied by a global conglomerate such as yourselves".

Co-owner Marie Fagan is pleased their tough stance paid off.

"The amount of support we've had from people has been amazing," she said.

"We even had a letter from a guy in Florida saying how disgusted he was and he has sent a really horrible letter to them [KFC] saying he's never going to set foot in the shop again."

And Ms Fagan has seen business boom since news of the row broke.

"People were asking where the shop was and ordering Family Feasts, it's really been great, so KFC kind of did us a favour.

"It's just a lesson to everybody to stand up for themselves."

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