Taco Bell trounces Burger King, Domino's outdoes Pizza Hut, KFC catches up

Taco Bell has overtaken Burger King in sales, according to a comparison by research firm Technomic on last year's sales data. The company still puts McDonald's, Starbucks and Subway Restaurants in the No. 1, 2 and 3 spots, respectively, but according to Technomic's Top 500 Chain Advance report, Taco Bell's systemwide U.S. sales experienced a healthy 5 percent hike in 2017 to $9.8 billion, while Burger King U.S. sales rose 1.5 percent last year. 

Meanwhile, on the pizza side of the aisle, Domino's rode right over Pizza Hut last year to claim the title of top pizza chain sales nationally and globally last year,according to an earnings call with the company, with CEO J. Patrick Doyle.  

"Scale matters and the fact that we're now the largest globally and in the U.S. in the pizza industry matters," Doyle said in the quarterly call earlier this week. "Clearly, we're going to press that with our partners." 

Finally, KFC U.K. is still struggling to get right-side-up after its new chicken delivery service, DHL, failed to deliver chickens to many of the chain's U.K. locations. In fact, a Wired UK article exploring the causes of the fiasco said it all started with a massive auto crash outside the DHL warehouse in Rugby, but the Wired article said that the situation continued to worsen because of "planning failures."

"Disruption is fairly common in supply chains," the article said, explaining that about 10 percent of food chains experience them annually. "Normally these aren't noticeable because only a small number of locations or a certain item would be affected. But in KFC's case, with its specialised menu and single warehouse, the problem was much larger, and quickly noticed by customers"

Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Chicken, Financial News, Operations Management

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