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July 8, 1998 | Greg Johnson
The popular Chihuahua featured in Taco Bell Corp.'s commercials is turning into an attack dog in a print and television advertising campaign pitching the chain's Gorditas tacos as tastier fare than Burger King's Whopper sandwich. Taco Bell spokeswoman Laurie Gannon said market research conducted in recent years "shows that the Whopper is the gold standard for hamburgers among our customers. Now we're saying that Gorditas' taste beats that standard."
April 3, 1996 | Greg Johnson
The third player is Taco Bell Inc., the Mexican-style fast-food leader that flirted with controversy during a brief television fling with comedian Dana Carvey and, more recently, irritated some consumers with an April Fools' Day claim to have purchased the Liberty Bell. Taco Bell signed up as a "title sponsor" for Carvey's new half-hour comedy show. The Irvine-based company got its name in the show's title and the comedian took several playful pokes at its corporate sponsor during the show.
June 17, 1999 | Greg Hernandez
Taco Bell Corp. scored a victory in a Michigan federal court when a judge dismissed a lawsuit from a small design shop that claimed the Irvine-based chain's popular Chihuahua advertising campaign borrowed heavily from their ideas. U.S. District Judge Gordon J. Quist last week threw out the case filed by Thomas Rinks and Joseph Shields, who run Wrench Inc. in Michigan. The men claimed the Chihuahua commercials were derived from one that they had created.
April 11, 1999
I read with exasperation the story on Taco Bell's unsettling settlement with Mukesh K. Rai, a Hindu who bit into the bean burrito he ordered only to find it contained beef, the eating of which is strictly prohibited by his religion ["Taco Bell Settles Suit With Hindu Over Meal Order," Heard on the Beat, Feb. 11]. He sued Taco Bell for $144,000 after having to fly to England to consult his religious guru (he couldn't call?) and then to India to cleanse his tainted soul in the Ganges River.
December 10, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Taco Bell fired its produce provider in the Northeastern states after green onions supplied by the company were suspected in an E. coli outbreak believed to have sickened more than 160 people, company officials said Saturday. The Irvine-based Mexican food chain also said that it had tested more than 150 ingredients from its restaurants and, with the exception of a preliminary positive result for green onions, everything was contamination-free.
July 25, 2008 | From Reuters
Rapper 50 Cent has sued Taco Bell, saying the restaurant chain made him the star of its hip-hop themed ad campaign without his permission and without paying him a fee. 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, accuses the Mexican-style fast food chain of "diluting the value of his good name" and employing a guerrilla advertising campaign to fool consumers into thinking he had endorsed the chain, said the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court...
April 30, 1992
Taco Bell Inc. saw an increase in both sales and operating profits during the first quarter. The Irvine-based unit of Pepsico Inc. had operating profit of $33.2 million, up 6% from $31.4 million for the corresponding three months a year ago. Revenues were $485.4 million, up 20% over the $405.5 million recorded in the first quarter of 1991. The company credited the growth to more sales, more restaurants and lower administrative expenses, which offset higher food and labor costs.
February 1, 2011 | By Gregory Karp and Ellen Gabler
Taco Bell fans have spent the last week wondering what's really in their meals after a lawsuit was filed alleging that the popular fast-food chain's meat contains a whole lot of mystery. Some consumers cringed at the term "taco meat filling," which is how the lawsuit says Taco Bell should advertise its seasoned beef. It alleges that the product contains mostly substances other than beef. Taco Bell Corp., a Yum Brands Inc. subsidiary based in Irvine, has fired back, refuting the lawsuit's allegations and defending its menu ingredients.
May 3, 2007 | Dog Davis, Special to The Times
TWO years ago, Taco Bell unveiled the Crunchwrap Supreme, which featured a crisp corn tortilla, seasoned beef, nacho cheese sauce, shredded lettuce, diced tomato and sour cream bundled and toasted inside a humongous, hexagonal, easy-to-hold flour tortilla. It was extremely successful and a whole lot of fun. After that, T-Bell produced a Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap and even tested a Breakfast Crunchwrap, but neither captured America's imagination like the original.
May 13, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
It can be argued that all foods get better when introduced to a little heat. And we're not just talking fire. A bagel isn't a bagel without a slice of smoked salmon, and a hunk of tri tip is elevated to another level after a couple hours in the smoker. Hit that meat with your favorite hot sauce and you've got a bite made in heaven. During Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter, participants shared their hot and smoky bites. Here are the highlights: Jessica Christensen, chef at City Tavern in Culver City, shared a photo of smoked tri tip for two. Check out the smoke ring on that meat!
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