Mexican Pizza returning to Taco Bell menus next month after 18-month hiatus
When popular fast-food chain Taco Bell announced it would remove the popular Mexican Pizza from its menu in 2020, it was met with backlash from customers who’d come to love the dish. “Our menu is full of fan-favorites, but the Mexican Pizza is at the top of that list,” said Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell in a press release. It’s one of the many reasons Taco Bell is more than just another fast-food restaurant.”The Mexican Pizza is made with two crispy flour shells, layered with beans, pizza sauce, seasoned beef, tomatoes and a melted three cheese blend. The Mexican Pizza will be available to order starting on May 19, however Taco Bell Rewards loyalty members will be able to order on May 17. READ MORE:Taco Bell offering 30 days of tacos through subscription serviceTaco Bell is bringing back Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, other favoritesmlive.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
Taco Bell building engulfed in flames, significant damage, firefighters say
KENT COUNTY, MI – A fire Tuesday, Jan. 25, caused extensive damage to a Taco Bell restaurant in Wyoming. When firefighters reached the scene, the fire had spread and the building was engulfed in flames, Wyoming Department of Public Safety said. Firefighters determined no one was inside. The building sustained significant damage but an estimate on the loss has not been determined. Grand Rapids and Grandville firefighters responded along with Wyoming firefighters.mlive.com
Taco Bell offering 30 days of tacos through subscription service
Taco Bell has launched a new subscription service that allows customers to receive one free taco per day for a $10 monthly fee. Known as the “Taco Lover’s Pass” the service is only available through the company’s app at participating locations. Customers who want to buy a pass must first download the Taco Bell app and then select the location they will get their taco at each day. Items available on the menu include:Crunchy TacoCrunchy Taco SupremeSoft TacoSoft Taco SupremeDoritos Locos TacosDoritos Locos Tacos SupremeSpicy Potato Soft TacoCustomers then visit their specified location and receive their free taco. More information on the pass, visit the Taco Bell website.mlive.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
Taco Bell Foundation announces $7M in Live Más scholarships up for grabs
College and high school students across the country can vie for Taco Bell’s 2022 Live Más Scholarship Program by answering this question: What is your passion and how will you use it to change the world? The Taco Bell Foundation announced Nov. 1 that $7 million worth of scholarships are available in the 2022 Live Más Scholarship Program. The Live Más Scholarship is eligible to students ages 16-26 who are pursuing post-high school education. How do you plan to use your passion to uniquely make a positive change in your community or the world? The application isn’t a contest over who can make the best video, but an opportunity for students to tell the story of their passion, Taco Bell wrote on the scholarship website.mlive.com
Ozzie Albies stole a base, everyone gets a free Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell
America didn’t have to wait long to get free Taco Bell. Atlanta Braves second baseman stole second base in the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, meaning everyone can get a free Doritos Locos Taco on Thursday, Nov. 4. It’s all part of the chain’s “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” promotion, which turned 10 years old in 2021. To commemorate the 10th year of the promotion, Taco Ball partnered with the Baseball Hall of Fame to send the first base stolen during the 2021 Fall Classic to Cooperstown for display in the museum. “In Cooperstown, we tell the stories of the game on the field and baseball’s impact on fans,” said Josh Rawitch, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.mlive.com
Taco Bell celebrates return of breakfast with free breakfast burritos Thursday
The breakfast menu has returned to nearly every Taco Bell location and to celebrate, the national fast-food chain is giving away free toasted breakfast burritos. Taco Bell announced today that from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, participating locations will give away one free breakfast burrito to each customer while supplies last. No purchase is necessary to receive the free breakfast burrito. Grande Toasted Breakfast Burrito -- Made with a double serving of scrambled eggs (compared to the Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito), three-cheese blend, potato bites, tomatoes, and fans’ choice of bacon or sausage. Taco Bell offers the breakfast menu at approximately 90% of its locations in the U.S., the company says.mlive.com
National Taco Day: Freebies, deals from Taco Bell, 7-Eleven and more
National Taco Day 2021 is on Monday, Oct. 4, and for hungry taco fans out there that means free snacks, deals and special offers at some of your favorite taco and Tex-Mex spots, like Taco Bell, Del Taco and more. Tacos are an historic snack, with evidence suggesting the first tacos predate the arrival of Europeans in Mexico, according to National Day Calendar. Here are some of the best deals and freebies being offered by restaurants for National Taco Day. Find a location »Del Taco: Rewards members get a free quesadilla taco with any purchase on Monday. Find a location »GoPuff: Enjoy 25% off all Old El Paso products on Gopuff for National Taco Day.mlive.com
‘Man, I’m drunk’: Sterling Heights man falls asleep at wheel of running pickup in Taco Bell drive-thru
A Sterling Heights man told police, “Man, I’m drunk,” after initially denying he had consumed alcohol when they found him asleep behind the wheel of a running pickup truck in the Taco Bell drive-thru, officials said.
Taco Bell offering free taco during upcoming ‘Taco Moon’
Everyone can soon get free Taco Bell thanks to the Moon. To celebrate the Moon entering a new lunar phase, dubbed “the Taco Moon,” presumably because it resembles the shape of a taco, the fast-food giant is offering a free Crunchy Taco all day on May 4. “Taco Bell has been an established brand in the U.S. for nearly 60 years and we are thrilled by the accelerating fandom we’re seeing globally,” said President of Taco Bell, International, Julie Felss Masino. Taco Bell added in its release that it does not claim to own copyrights to a lunar phase of the moon, but stands behind the fact this really does look like a Taco Bell taco. Taco Bell is bringing back Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, other favoritesmlive.com
Taco Bell is testing a veggie taco, should it come to Michigan?
Taco Bell’s vegetarian taco is here. And while the offering isn’t currently available in Michigan, the fact that Taco Bell is already testing the creation means it could be released nationwide soon. The announcement comes after Taco Bell aggressively expanded its vegetarian menu in 2020. The Cravetarian Taco is similar to the chain’s Crunchy Taco Supreme, featuring cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream, but instead of meat it includes a custom plant-based protein crafted from peas and Chickpeas, according to Thrillist. Do you want the new vegetarian taco to come to Michigan?mlive.com
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 is bringing back Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, other favorites
They’re back! Taco Bell announced Thursday that it is bringing back potato products nationwide beginning on March 11. That means the much-desired Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and other favorites like the Spicy Potato Soft Taco will return to the menu after a brief hiatus. Taco Bell says the items were temporarily removed to simplify the efforts of employees who had to deal with increased drive-thru traffic amid the COVID-19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/JHHJMrPEJH — Taco Bell (@tacobell) January 14, 2021Taco Bell is also teaming up with Beyond Meat to create an innovative new plant-based protein that will be tested in the next year.mlive.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
Does fast food get a bad rap?
Grab a burger and some French fries, What’s the Buzz is all about fast food because it is National Fast Food Day! First up, does fast food get a bad rap? Both Blaine and Melanie like fast food for the unhealthy guilty pleasure that it is. Are there too many fast food options? Now many chains are offer meat substitutes so vegetarians and vegans can enjoy some fast food as well.
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
Mookie Betts wins everyone a free Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell for second time
Mookie Betts likes to win free tacos for America. For the second time in three years, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder won everyone a free Doritos Locos taco from Taco Bell by stealing a base in the World Series. In addition to the stolen base, Betts also hit a home run in the sixth inning. The free tacos will be available in restaurants across the country on Oct. 28. This is the ninth time Taco Bell has offered a World Series promotion.mlive.com
Taco Bell to join eateries in new Michigan Union in January
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – When it opens in January, the newly renovated Michigan Union in downtown Ann Arbor will welcome a Taco Bell franchise. A budget-friendly favorite among students, Taco Bell offers a varied menu of items including vegetarian options and customizable choices. The franchise is owned by Great Lakes Taco, a mid-Michigan company operating 25 different Taco Bell locations. It will also contain a Barnes & Noble, a U-M Credit Union, the U-M Tech Shop, a PNC ATM, and the Michigan Union Ticket Office. Read: Renovated Michigan Union retail, food partners announcedFor updates on the renovations in the Michigan Union, visit its website here.
How to get your free taco at Taco Bell today
Thanks to a stolen base at the World Series, you can get a free taco at Taco Bell today. The annual Steal a Base, Steal a Taco promotion takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Taco Bell is giving everyone in the United States one free Doritos Locos Taco; specifically, one Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco. To get your free taco, simply visit your local Taco Bell and request the freebie on any time between the hours of 2pm and 6pm while supplies last. If you order your free Doritos Locos Taco through the Taco Bell mobile app, you dont have to abide by the time limitations; you can get it any time throughout the day for pickup (no additional fee) or delivery (for an additional fee).
Taco Bell giving away free tacos Wednesday as part of promotion
DETROIT - Friday night, the Astros got a 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals. If you didn't catch game one of the series Tuesday, you might have missed out on the fact that all of America won a free taco! This comes as a result of Taco Bell's "steal a base, steal a taco" promotion. National's shortstop Trea Turner swiped second base during the first inning of game one of the World Series. So you can grab a free taco at any Taco Bell from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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."
2 arrested after fatal shooting during fake marijuana sale outside Warren Taco Bell, police say
The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Sunday outside the Taco Bell on Eight Mile Road near Ryan Road, according to authorities. But Rice and Walker were planning to rob the man instead of sell him marijuana, police said. When the two men arrived, they fired shots into the car, striking Richards, according to officials. After the shooting, Rice and Walker dragged the driver out of the Mercedes, took his Rolex, robbed him and took the car, according to authorities. Walker is charged with felony murder, carjacking, armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and two felony firearm violations.
Taco Bell saying bye to 9 menu items in revamp
Elijah Nouvelage/Getty ImagesTaco Bell is revamping its menu, which includes saying bye to several items. In a press release, Taco Bell asked customers if they'd ever "had that moment... where you just want to chop all your hair off, buy new clothes and get a fresh, new start?" "Well, we kind of did a thing"Here are the items leaving the Taco Bell menu:Beefy Mini QuesadillaChips & SalsaChipotle Chicken Loaded GrillerDouble Decker TacoCool Ranch TacosFiery Doritos Locos TacosDouble TostadaPower Menu BurritoXXL Grilled Stuft BurritoEarlier this summer, Taco Bell announced plans to reduce antibiotics in the meat it serves. By 2025, Taco Bell plans to reduce antibiotics specifically those important to human health in the majority of its beef supply by 25 percent. Taco Bell is not alone in its efforts to reduce antibiotics in its supply chain.
Police say man stole purse from vehicle parked at Taco Bell in Waterford Township
Police are searching for a man accused of taking a purse from a vehicle in Waterford Township on May 17, 2019. (WDIV)WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Police are searching for a man who stole a purse from a vehicle parked at a Taco Bell restaurant in Waterford Township, according to authorities. A man accused of taking a purse from a vehicle in Waterford Township on May 17, 2019. (WDIV)A man accused of taking a purse from a vehicle outside Taco Bell in Waterford Township on May 17, 2019. (WDIV)A man taking a purse from a vehicle in Waterford Township on May 17, 2019, police say.
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.
Taco Bell hosting 32 hiring parties across metro Detroit
DETROIT Taco Bell is hosting 32 hiring fairs across metro Detroit for college students looking for a part-time job or residents looking for a management career. Taco Bell is making the hiring process fun and easy with a new staffing approach called Hiring Parties a unique spin on a job fair. The hiring parties will be from April 22-27, and there will be free food and festivities served up alongside on-the-spot job applications and interviews. Job-seekers may even have the opportunity to be hired on the spot. Attendees will get to learn about the education and career opportunities a job at Taco Bell offers, such as tuition assistance, scholarships and career development programs.