'This ain't India': Man recorded verbally attacking, spitting on Indian man in a California Taco Bell
A Hindu man was verbally attacked in a hate incident by another man at a Taco Bell in Fremont, California. Krishnan Jayaraman was waiting to pick up his order at a Fremont Taco Bell on Grimmer Boulevard when another customer began to verbally attack him on Aug. 21. In an 8-minute video recorded by Jayaraman, the man can be heard spewing anti-Hindu speech.news.yahoo.com
Yum Brands reports mixed results, stronger sales for Taco Bell
A woman walks past a Taco Bell Cantina on July 30, 2020 in New York City. Yum Brands on Wednesday reported mixed quarterly results, but said Taco Bell had stronger sales. Shares of the company rose nearly 2% in premarket trading. Excluding items, the restaurant company earned $1.05 per share. Net sales rose 2% to $1.64 billion.cnbc.com
Taco Bell parent Yum Brands misses earnings estimates as higher costs weigh on profits
Customers wearing Taco Bell foam taco hats exit the company's restaurant, a unit of Yum! Yum Brands on Wednesday reported mixed results for its fourth quarter as higher costs weighed on profits, leading to an earnings miss. Shares of the company rose less than 1% in premarket trading. Excluding items, the company earned $1.02 per share, falling short of the $1.09 per share expected by analysts surveyed by Refinitiv. Net sales rose 8% to $1.89 billion, topping expectations of $1.88 billion.cnbc.com
Saturday Sessions: Kat Edmonson performs "Let It Snow"
On a special Christmas day “Saturday Session,” Kat Edmonson makes her return. Born and raised in Houston, she headed to Austin to pursue her music career. Her self-released first album zoomed into the top 20 on Billboard's Jazz chart. Then her last album debuted at number one. She's now out with a special Yuletide collection. From her new album "Holiday Swingin: A Kat Edmonson Christmas,'" Kat Edmonson performs "Let It Snow."news.yahoo.com
Running Out: Can Fast Food Favorites Beat Supply Shortages?
These supply chain disruptions are industry-wide, and Starbucks is not immune.”Share of U.S. retail supply chain executives willing to increase investments. This is due to a spike in demand for products with a long shelf life in addition to supply chain shortages. Technology research firm Gartner in May announced its annual list of “Supply Chain Top 25.”“The top performers offer valuable lessons in supply chain excellence,” Gartner said. Some supply chain disruptions will take longer to fixEven after pandemic-related squeezes on the supply chain ease, there will still be problems that will take longer to address. Edited by Judith Isacoff and Bryan WilkesThe post Running Out: Can Fast Food Favorites Beat Supply Shortages?thewestsidegazette.com
Tacos via text? There’s a new way to place your order
Soon placing a fast food order will be, well, faster. KFC, Taco Bell, Habit Burger and Pizza Hut will soon allow customers to place their fast food orders via text. YUM Brands Inc., the parent company of the national fast food chains, is in the process of acquiring an Israeli company that would facilitate fast food orders via text. There are even plans in the works for customers to be able to place orders through their social media messaging accounts like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Tiktuk Technologies Ltd. was founded in 2016 to facilitate fast food orders via text.
Taco Bell owner Yum Brands buys A.I. business to improve marketing
Yum Brands announced Tuesday that it has bought a Kvantum business unit that uses artificial intelligence for consumer insights and marketing performance analytics. The Taco Bell owner plans to use the acquisition to optimize its marketing spending, giving it a leg up on fast-food rivals. In 2015, Yum acquired Collider Lab, a consulting firm that hires sociologists and anthropologists to provide culture-based consumer insights. Yum plans to combine the newly acquired machine learning approach with Collider Lab's data. The Kvantum business unit will still consult with clients outside the restaurant industry once it's part of Yum.cnbc.com
Taco Bell enters chicken sandwich wars with its own spin: A taco version
The Yum Brands chain will become at least the fourth fast-food brand to announce a chicken sandwich in the last month. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich Tacos are served in flatbread with a piece of crispy tortilla chicken and chipotle sauce and will sell for $2.49 each. Taco Bell also teased that the taco won't be the only new crispy chicken item hitting menus this year. McDonald's told investors last year that it's doubling down on chicken, including the launch of its own chicken sandwich on Wednesday. Restaurant Brand International's Burger King is testing a hand-breaded chicken sandwich for a nationwide launch.cnbc.com
Taco Bell owner Yum Brands earnings top estimates, despite blow of international Covid restrictions
Yum Brands on Thursday reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analyst predictions, despite international dining room closures weighing on same-store sales growth at KFC and Pizza Hut. Worldwide, the company's same-store sales fell 1% during the quarter, and Taco Bell was its only brand to report positive same-store sales growth. While the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a blow to its sales, Yum has benefitted from the consumer shift toward digital ordering and off-premise sales. Taco Bell's same-store sales rose 1% in the quarter. The Habit Burger Grill, which was acquired by Yum last year, reported same-store sales declines of 5%.cnbc.com
Taco Bell's mea culpa to vegetarians: Potatoes are back and it will test Beyond Meat menu item
The Yum Brands chain is resurrecting its popular potatoes and will test a menu item with a Beyond Meat substitute after last year's menu cuts disappointed its meat-free customer base. Taco Bell eliminated eight menu options in two rounds of cuts to help simplify its operations when the coronavirus pandemic resulted in long lines at its drive-thrus. In another appeal to vegetarian customers, Taco Bell plans to test an item made with a Beyond Meat vegetarian substitute this year. For now, Taco Bell is staying tight-lipped on how it will be used. Taco Bell is a brand that we don't want to do what everyone else is doing," Matthews said.cnbc.com
Yum Brands quarterly revenue rises 8%, fueled by higher Taco Bell demand
Yum Brands on Thursday reported that its quarterly revenue rose 8%, fueled by Taco Bell's return to positive same-store sales growth. Same-store sales across Yum fell 2%, but the company's digital sales set a record for a quarter, reaching $4 billion. Taco Bell reported same-store sales growth of 3%. Last quarter, the chain saw its same-store sales fall 8%, hurt by lower demand from early morning and late-night customers. KFC's global same-store sales fell 4%, despite U.S. same-store sales growth of 9%.cnbc.com
How Popeyes is trying to beat Chick-fil-A in the chicken sandwich wars
The launch of Popeyes' chicken sandwich was an inflection point for the fast-food company and kicked off what industry insiders have referred to as the chicken sandwich wars. For much of Popeyes' history its Louisiana-style menu featured items like fried chicken, chicken tenders and fried shrimp. But after nearly 50 years, this was its first-ever chicken sandwich sold nationwide. Hype around the chicken sandwich and a lighthearted Twitter spat with Chick-fil-A turned the menu item into an overnight sensation. Can a simple chicken sandwich revitalize a company that once filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is trailing its two major rivals, Chick-fil-A and KFC?cnbc.com
Drive-thru times slow by nearly 30 seconds as demand soars during pandemic, study finds
Taco Bell said that it served an additional 4.8 million cars through its drive-thru lanes during its second quarter. The abrupt change in consumer behavior has motivated restaurant chains like Starbucks and Chipotle Mexican Grill to add more drive-thru lanes to their footprints. Total average drive-thru times slowed down by 29.8 seconds this year, weighed down by longer wait times, according to SeeLevel HX's mystery shoppers. In recent years, McDonald's, Wendy's and other chains have been upgrading their drive-thru lanes, in the hopes of cutting service times. This was the first time that the feature resulted in faster drive-thru times, shaving off an average of 12.3 seconds.cnbc.com
Yum Brands CEO to forgo 2020 salary to fund general manager bonuses
Yum Brands said Monday that CEO David Gibbs will forgo the rest of his base salary in 2020 to fund one-time $1,000 bonuses to the company's nearly 1,200 restaurant general managers across KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill. His salary will also help fund the Yum Brands Foundation Global Employee Medical Relief Fund, according to a regulatory filing. The fund will provide financial hardship grants to those directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including company and franchise restaurant employees. Gibbs stood to make $900,000 from his salary this year, excluding any performance-based bonuses. Among them: Darden Restaurants CEO Gene Lee, who is not taking a salary and The Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton, who is taking a 20% pay cut.cnbc.com
Taco Bell will test its alcohol-serving Cantina locations in the suburbs
Taco Bell will convert three of its traditional restaurants into Cantinas this year as part of a test to see if suburban consumers enjoy the more upscale locations as much as urbanites. Taco Bell plans to open a Cantina in Times Square by this fall. The chain did not share which suburbs will convert traditional locations to Cantinas in the test. A suburban Cantina, for example, could broadcast big sports games. By the end of the third quarter, Taco Bell customers will be able to play video games at the Cantina in San Ramone, California.cnbc.com
Chipotle is replacing its queso with a new recipe it hopes will lure more consumers
Chipotle Mexican Grill will launch its queso blanco on Thursday as a replacement for its current version of the cheese sauce as the restaurant chain tries to find a recipe that will better resonate with consumers. Chipotle released queso nationwide in September 2017 to tepid reviews. The new cheese dip is made with Monterey Jack and white cheddar cheeses and serrano, poblano and chipotle peppers. The chain has been testing the replacement queso since late July in Dallas, Detroit and San Diego. The previous cheese sauce was a yellow queso with aged cheddar, tomatillos, tomatoes and several pepper varieties.cnbc.com
Taco Bell Cantina serves up more than gorditas at Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Place
You pull up Taco Bell, order your favorite value meal(can never go wrong with the cheesy gordita crunch), scarf it down on the way home, and go to bed happy. That is what Taco Bell is doing at their new Taco Bell Cantina at Fort Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Place. It’s the first state-of-the-art Taco Bell party place in South Florida. The food menu is the same, but the drink menu is what makes this Taco Bell stand out. Taco Bell Cantina is open until 2 a.m.
Taco Bell to offer jobs with $100,000 salary
LOUISVILLE – Think a job at a fast-food restaurant means low pay? Think again... and then make a run to Taco Bell. The popular fast-food chain is set to offer store managers at some stores a competitive $100,000 salary to help attract and keep workers. Brands, which owns Taco Bell, will begin to offer the competitive salaries, as well as beginning new roles for employees who want leadership experience, but don’t want to be managers. Labor inflation is forcing companies to find new ways to attract employees and keep them happy.
Taco Bell wants you to spice up your Thanksgiving
Thanks to Taco Bell, these painfully generic holiday dishes will plague American families no longer. Instead, the food chain wants you to serve blended Taco Bell Rolled Chicken Tacos at your traditional holiday dinner. Taco Bell headquarters hosts an annual Friendsgiving dinner for its employees, where every dish features an innovative Taco Bell spin. Taco Bell has taken your mother's beloved bisque recipe and turned it into its Rolled Chicken Tacos Bisque. Obviously, you will need to hit up Taco Bell for its Rolled Chicken Taco party pack featuring six Rolled Chicken Tacos and six Crunchy Tacos.
Get FREE tacos at Taco Bell on Wednesday
Elijah Nouvelage/Getty ImagesMIAMI - Despite another miserable season, Miami Marlins fans can still reap the rewards of World Series heroics with a free taco on Wednesday. Taco Bell will be handing out free Doritos Locos tacos after a player in the Fall Classic "won" the fast-food restaurant's Steal a Base, Steal a Taco promotion. Nationals shortstop Trea Turner accomplished the feat on Oct. 30, and thanks to him fans of any team and any sport can walk into a Taco Bell between 2 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday for the free taco. Almost makes you want to cheer for the Nationals. Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Suspect arrested after woman set on fire inside Florida Taco Ball
Authorities in Florida say a woman poured gasoline on another woman and set her on fire inside a Taco Bell restaurant. News outlets report 32-year-old Mia Williams was arrested Thursday and charged with premeditated homicide, aggravated assault on an officer and resisting arrest with violence. Police records say the attack occurred Wednesday night in Tallahassee. Police are trying to determine if Williams, who they said identifies as a black woman, is connected to several other fires that occurred hours later near the Taco Bell, including a church that was completely destroyed. Tallahassee police Officer Damon Miller says authorities are still investigating the fires.
Taco Bell recalls seasoned ground beef due to metal shavings
In a news release, the USDA reports some Taco Bell ground beef may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal shavings. IRVINE, Calif. - About 2 million pounds of seasoned beef used in Taco Bell burritos and tacos have been removed from restaurant locations across the country. By Monday, 100% of the product had been removed from all restaurants across 21 states, a Taco bell news release said. The beef products were produced from September 20 to October 4, the USDA said. The recall comes a few months after Taco Bell announced it was experiencing supplier shortages of tortillas and was "working diligently to replenish the supply."
Some Taco Bell restaurants face tortilla shortages
Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images(CNN) - Taco Bell has a tortilla problem. Taco Bell, which has about 7,000 locations in the United States, did not share how many restaurants are dealing with shortages. "We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause," Taco Bell added in a statement. Taco Bell encouraged customers to order menu items that aren't made with tortillas, like the Power Menu Bowl or Cheesy Gordita Crunch. Last year, KFC which, like Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, is owned by Yum!
Pop-Up Taco Bell hotel sells out in 2 minutes
Taco Bell is opening a hotel sort of to give it an edge over other fast food chains. PALM SPRINGS, California (CNN) - Taco Bell's latest marketing venture, a pop-up hotel, opened at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday. The resort has been called "The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort." Or, as Taco Bell executive Jennifer Arnoldt said in a statement: "We're excited to give a peek into Taco Bell's first hotel that is truly Taco Bell luxury at a value as we evolve how fans can celebrate with the brand this summer and beyond." Guests will wake up to a room service breakfast and dine on a variety of tacos, burritos, and other cheesy items throughout the day -- catered by Taco Bell, of course.