May 24, 2016 | 79° | Check Traffic

Top News

Taco Bell will no longer serve kids meals and toys

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSFILE - This Wednesday, June 6, 2012, file photo shows a Taco Bell restaurant in Richmond, Va. Three people who ordered food at a Taco Bell drive-thru in western Michigan on Saturday, June 29, 2013, got $3,600 from an employee who mistakenly passed a bag of cash to the trio instead of their food. The money, which had been put in a store bag for bank deposit, was returned a short time later. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    FILE - This Wednesday, June 6, 2012, file photo shows a Taco Bell restaurant in Richmond, Va. Three people who ordered food at a Taco Bell drive-thru in western Michigan on Saturday, June 29, 2013, got $3,600 from an employee who mistakenly passed a bag of cash to the trio instead of their food. The money, which had been put in a store bag for bank deposit, was returned a short time later. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

NEW YORK >> Taco Bell said today it will stop serving kids’ meals and toys, which weren’t really boosting sales anyway.

The chain said it will start removing the options this month at select restaurants, and that it anticipates that no U.S. restaurants will have them by next January. Taco Bell has traditionally gone after younger men who want to load up on fast-food for cheap.

In a press release set to be issued Tuesday, Taco Bell hails itself as the first national fast-food chain to get rid of kids’ meals and toys.

“Pioneering this change on our menu is a bold move for our industry, and it makes sense for Taco Bell,” CEO Greg Creed is quoted as saying in a statement.

That’s notable because advocacy groups have criticized fast-food chains such as McDonald’s Corp. for targeting kids in their marketing.

But in an interview, Creed said that kids’ meals accounted for less than half of 1 percent of Taco Bell’s sales, meaning that it’s not really a sacrifice. The chain also hasn’t dedicated national advertising to them for at least 12 years. As Taco Bell tries to extend the success of its Doritos-flavored tacos introduced last year, it’s also trying to build its credentials with people in their 20s and 30s.

Kids’ meals don’t fit with that image.

“We’re trying to be this Millennial edgy brand, and having a kid’s meal was inconsistent,” Creed said.

He said the energy the company had to devote to organizing its kids’ meals and toys throughout the year would be better spent on its core menu.

Taco Bell is owned by Yum Brands Inc., of Louisville, Ky., which also owns KFC and Pizza Hut. KFC offers kids’ meals in little buckets, but they don’t come with toys.

No comments
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.