April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Taco John's® is teaming up with PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division for its latest menu item. The Mexican fast food chain is launching the Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® Burrito this week as a limited time offer.
"Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® are extremely popular, and they offer a great, distinctive flavor. We decided the snack would be the perfect accent to our new spicy burrito," said Bob Karisny, Vice President for Menu Strategy and Innovation at Taco John's. "We couldn't be happier with the combination. We think the Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® Burrito will perform very well."
The burrito combines spicy chorizo sausage, jalapeno slices, bold nacho cheese and chile de arbol salsa with the crunch of Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® snacks all inside a fiery tortilla. The spicy burrito arrives at a time when consumers are voicing an appetite for bolder flavors. In its recent Flavor Consumer Trend Report, Technomic found a majority (54%) of Americans say spicy foods are appealing. Guests 18 to 34 show the greatest preference for hotter menu items.
"Everything is lining up for the Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® Burrito. We have the right flavors, at the right time, with the right partners," says Jeff Linville, CEO at Taco John's. "I think the Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® Burrito will help us attract the attention of guests who currently aren't familiar with Taco John's. Raising awareness is very important for us as we work to grow the Taco John's brand and add new restaurants across the country."
Taco John's is supporting this new launch with a regional TV commercial campaign featuring Chester Cheetah, the official spokes-cheetah for the Cheetos brand, as a mischievous co-conspirator for this crunchy and spicy new menu item. Taco John's will also be launching a new mobile app to promote the Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® Burrito. Available for iPhone and Android, the Mission: PAWSible app offers access to free food, games and more.
Taco John's operates and franchises over 400 quick-service restaurants in 25 states. Privately owned, the business opened its first restaurant in 1969 in Cheyenne. Taco John's prides itself on serving generous portions, menu items prepared fresh to your order, high quality ingredients and special recipes, seasonings and sauces. For more information, visit www.tacojohns.com.
CHEETOS is one of the billion-dollar brands that makes up Frito-Lay North America, the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about CHEETOS by visiting www.facebook.com/Cheetos.
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