Taco Bell Announces Major Change to Wildly Popular Hot Sauce Packets

by Josh Lanier
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Everyone has a sauce packet drawer or container somewhere in their kitchen. And every once in a while you’ll dig through it and throw out the expired sauces that end up in a landfill. Taco Bell hopes to change that.

The fast-food restaurant chain announced that its sauce packets would be compostable or reusable by 2025, Fox News said. That could save 8.2 billion hot sauce packets from ending up in the garbage, Taco Bell said.

This coincides with a reported nationwide shortage of ketchup because restaurants that have remained open during the pandemic pulled them from the tables and used packets instead. And with online orders increasing, more ketchup packets became the norm, Fox also reports.

And Taco Bell isn’t the only fast-fast chain wanting to reduce its garbage output. Last year, Burger King said it would test out a reusable packaging program for its food and drinks. Starbucks is also selling reusable cups in selected stores. In the pilot program, customers pay a $1 deposit for the cup but get a credit once they return it to one of the Starbucks’ locations.

Taco Bell Opens Digital Open Store in Times Square

Taco Bell has gone touch screen. The chain is opened a digital-only store in Times Square where customers will use touch screens at kiosks across the restaurant. Their meals will arrive at one of the 15 designated cubbies set up around the location.

Per Daily Mail, the futuristic location opened its doors on the ground floor of the historic Paramount Building in the heart of Times Square last week.

As part of the chain’s new Cantina brand, the spot will offer beer and specialty cocktails in addition to the classic fan favorites from their original menu.

However, this isn’t the first time the fast-food chain has utilized its digital kiosks. Taco Bell restaurants nationwide have previously used them to help speed up the ordering process at stores. As for the Times Square location, the kiosks will help employees handle the constant high-traffic flow of customers at that location.

While plans for this overhaul have been in the works for some time, the timing does hit well with COVID-19 restrictions and regulations. This keeps the food handled by fewer people and keeps customers and staff separated.

According to Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum Brands, its digital business, its online orders and online sales, jumped 45 percent last year to a record $17 billion.

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