July 23, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Taco Bell
today announced that it will discontinue kid's meals and toys at its U.S. restaurants, becoming the first national quick service restaurant chain to do so. Select restaurants will begin the removal in July, with nationwide implementation anticipated by
"As we continue our journey of being a better, more relevant Taco Bell, kid's meals and toys simply no longer make sense for us to put resources behind," said
, chief executive officer of Taco Bell. "What does make sense is concentrating on expanding choices that meet and exceed the diverse needs of consumers of all ages, without losing focus on what makes us great today."
Kid's meals are not part of Taco Bell's long-term brand strategy and have had an insignificant impact on system sales. Taco Bell will continue to focus on new menu options that provide a broad range of choices and define the brand, such as the Doritos Locos Tacos
, the Cantina Bell
Menu as well as offering more balanced menu items.
"Pioneering this change on our menu is a bold move for our industry, and it makes sense for Taco Bell," said Creed. "We'll be able to better focus on creating new and inventive items that our customers love."
Menu items on the current Kid's Meals Menu will remain available individually on the regular menu, including the Crunchy Taco, Soft Taco, Bean Burrito and Cheese Roll-up.
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About Taco Bell Corp
Taco Bell Corp
., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive
Doritos® Locos Tacos
, gourmet inspired
Cantina Bell® Menu
and lower calorie
. The company encourages customers to "Live Más," both through its food and in ways such as its
Feed the Beat
® music program and nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell
Foundation for Teens
. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across
the United States
that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.
SOURCE Taco Bell Corp.