Taco Bell is dropping its kid's meals.
"Kid's meals and toys simply no longer make sense for us to put resources behind," said Greg Creed, chief executive officer of Taco Bell, in a statement early Tuesday. He added that the move will have an "insignificant impact on sales."
Taco Bell is owned by Yum Brands (Fortune 500), which also owns KFC and Pizza Hut. KFC plans to continue to offers its Li'l Bucket Kids Meal, but that combo does not have a toy in it. Instead, it has a "Weird But True" fact card from National Geographic. ,
Kids meals have been criticized by some public health groups for contributing to childhood obesity by making young children more eager to eat high-calorie, fast food meals. The decision was cheered by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which called on competitors such as McDonald's (Fortune 500), , Burger King ( and )Wendy's ( to follow suit. )
"Taco Bell is taking a constructive step forward by no longer using toys to encourage kids to pester their parents to go to a restaurant," said the group. But at the same time, it expressed concern that parents will now get adult meal combos for their children. "It's not as if its adult menu is full of health food," it said.
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