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Taco Bell May Count on Waffle Taco to Anchor Expanding Breakfast Effort

Posted by Dale Buss on August 7, 2013 02:48 PM

If Taco Bell really wants to reach its goal of doubling global revenues to $14 billion, the answer might not be within its Doritos Locos Tacos or Cocoon-like Super Bowl commercials, but rather the chain's ability to convince some of its cheap-lunch munching, late-night eating fans to drive through for breakfast.

The Yum! Brands-owned chain is adding to and extending a long test of breakfast items, including the "waffle taco." The test will extend to about 100 units in three markets, along with other potential additions and tweaks to its still-in-progress breakfast menu, according to Nation's Restaurant News.

The waffle gambit is interesting. In their increasingly crucial searches for innovative products and ways to spread their menu to other day parts, other QSRs also have picked up on the potential of the waffle. Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, for instance, is testing waffle batter-coated chicken tenders.Continue reading...

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In the News: Yahoo, Target, Taco Bell and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 7, 2013 09:01 AM

In the News

Yahoo will debut new logo next month. 

Target acquires online skin-care retailer DermStore.

Taco Bell adds waffle taco to breakfast-menu test.

AOL acquires online-video company Adap.tv

AT&T will replace water-damaged Samsung Galaxy S4 Actives. 

British Airways targets India ex-pats.

Chrysler won't invest in EVs until pricing improves.

Darden faces foodborne-illness lawsuit.

Evian still struggles for relevance in US market.

Facebook gets transparent about news-feed issue.

Famous Brands refocuses on innovation to grow TCBY and Mrs. Fields brands.

GE quits solar panels and sells technology.Continue reading...

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Taco Bell Teases New DLT Flavor with Social Media, Mystery Box

Posted by Dale Buss on August 2, 2013 11:52 AM

Will the third time be as charmed as the previous two for Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos? The chain is teasing the identity of its third flavor, which will be introduced August 22.

Not surprisingly, the Yum! Brands-owned chain is stoking all the buzz it can for the newest development under the Doritos Locos Tacos sub-brand, which has energized Taco Bell sales over the last couple of years in a struggling QSR market. The introduction of DLTs in their first flavor, Nacho Cheese, sparked the new chapter, and last spring's launch of the second flavor, Cool Ranch, proved a worthy sequel.

Now, Taco Bell is teasing DLT fans via Twitter, Vine and Instagram, saying that it will bring "mas heat" this summer with the arrival of the third flavor. In June, the brand used Instagram and Vine videos to spell out "New DLT" in flames. Taco Bell also is pulling out all the PR stops with deliveries of a mystery box to media outlets (brandchannel being one of them).Continue reading...

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In the News: Walgreens, AT&T, Taco Bell and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 2, 2013 09:17 AM

In the News

Walgreens opens training center for young workers with autism.

AT&T seeks warmer shopping experience at its stores.

Taco Bell tries building buzz by holding back on third Doritos Locos Tacos flavor.

American Express launches 13th "Unstaged" concert.

Apple still searches for new head of retail stores as ITC delays ruling in its import case against Samsung.

Avon says feds rejected its settlement offer in bribery probe.

Baxter found expense violations in China as Sanofi and AstraZeneca report new government scrutiny there.

Chick-fil-A surpasses KFC as top chicken QSR in US.Continue reading...

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Fast Food Workers Kick-Off Nationwide Strikes in NYC in Support of Higher Pay, Unions

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 29, 2013 05:32 PM

And the wage wars continue. Hundreds of workers at fast food chain outlets across New York City took to the streets Monday to strike for higher wages, demanding the standard wage be raised to $15 per hour, more than twice the $7.25 minimum wage that fast food employees currently earn. 

Organizers from New York-based Fast Food Forward said the strike affected around 60 restaurants operated by McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC and Burger King. "A lot of the workers are living in poverty, not able to put food on the table or take the train to work. They are striking because they can't continue to maintain their families on the wages they're being paid in the fast food industry, said director Jonathan Westin, according to AFP. 

Protests are scheduled to take place this week in Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Mich., Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis. "It will be by far one of the biggest actions (in the sector) this country has seen so far," Westin predicted.Continue reading...

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Taco Bell Drops Kids' Meals as it Looks to Corner Millennial Market

Posted by Dale Buss on July 23, 2013 01:47 PM

Maybe we should have seen it coming when, in its most recent Super Bowl commercial, Taco Bell celebrated a bunch of old geezers' night on the town. Or maybe it was evident in the brand's years and years of incessant messaging to teenage males.

In any event, it's hardly a surprise that Taco Bell is dumping its kids' meals so that it can focus even more on the maws and fast-food needs of the vital Millennial demographic. It's actually a bit more jarring that other QSR brands are undercutting their own kids'-marketing efforts by sending their well-known mascots—including the Colonel—the way of the dinosaur.

Yum! Brands-owned Taco Bell plans to drop kids meals and toys at all of its US restaurants by around January, USA Today reported. "The future of Taco Bell is not about kids' meals," Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed told the newspaper. "This is about positioning the brand for Millennials."Continue reading...

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In the News: Taco Bell, JCPenney, Netflix and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 23, 2013 09:14 AM

In the News

Taco Bell eliminates kids' meals.

JCPenney names former Kraft marketing exec Debra Berman as VP brand strategy.

Netflix sees subscriber growth fall short of expectations.

Al-Jazeera taps ABC veteran to run editorial operations in US.

Bentley invests heavily to boost UK car industry.

Chevrolet aims new Silverado ad at women, who buy 15 percent of pickups.

Cisco to buy cybersecurity firm Sourcefire for $2.7 billion.

Dell founder presses shareholders on his proposed buyout.Continue reading...

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In the News: Carnival, Barnes & Noble, Square and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 26, 2013 09:17 AM

In the News

Carnival CEO to step down.

Barnes & Noble pulls back after losses in tablet wars.

Square takes on PayPal online.

Daimler outsources development of driver-assistance software.

Paula Deen's awkward TODAY interview furthers PR nightmare

Dow Jones plans to eliminate some newsroom staff as it unifies newswires and Wall Street Journal.

Fiat adds seven-seat minivan to 500 range in Europe.

Ford ushers great-great grandchildren of founder into management.

Google gets boost in EU privacy case.

Heineken says it is "absolutely on top" of issue of fake beer in emerging markets.Continue reading...

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