NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Taco Bell wants the world to know one simple fact. Yes, the fast food chain has got beef.
In response to accusations about whether Taco Bell’s beef is in fact beef, Taco Bell is coming clean about exactly what goes into its tacos. The company recently posted a video to YouTube (above) in which Greg Creed, president of Taco Bell, asserts that the tacos contain 88% beef, with the rest coming from seasonings in its previously secret recipe.
“Think of when you’re making chili. You add your own recipe of seasonings and spices to give the beef flavor and texture. Otherwise it would just taste like unseasoned ground beef ,” he says in the video. “Well, we do the same thing with our recipe for seasoned beef.”
According to Creed, the missing 12% in the beef is a compnay “secret,” which he then reveals as being water (3%), Mexican spices and flavors (4%) and a mix of oats and citric acid (5%).
Delicious? Maybe. But that is not how I make my chili.
Earlier this month, Taco Bell (Stock Quote: YUM) was hit with a class action lawsuit for selling beef tacos that allegedly contain about 35% meat, less than what the Food and Drug Administration requires for taco filling to be labeled as beef.
To ensure that the message gets out, Taco Bell is reportedly going one step further in its advertising campaign and buying up certain keywords on search engines like “taco” and “lawsuit,” so that the first thing users see when they search for these phrases is Taco Bell’s response video.
In this sense, Taco Bell may actually be playing its cards perfectly. As one public relations expert told MainStreet at the beginning of this beef controversy, Taco Bell’s best bet is to focus on new media options to reach out to its customer base.