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Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC Are the First Fast-Food Brands to Do This

Ordering from these fast-food chains is about to get way easier.
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"May I take your order…on Facebook?" We all know companies like Door Dash and Uber Eats have made pandemic-era food delivery super accessible. But now, the parent company of such beloved fast-food chains as Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut is stepping up to simplify the way you get fast food even further… and, if you're a lover of these chains, this might just be a game-changer.

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Yum! Brands, the parent company that owns Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Habit Burger Grill, saw nearly 50% growth in its reported 2020 earnings. To keep that momentum going strong, the company announced earlier this week that they have acquired TicTuk Technologies, according to Fox News. The Israeli-based tech company will bring Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut on to a dialogue-based platform that "allows customers to complete orders and interact with brands through a variety of social media and chat channels, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, SMS, QR codes, and email," Yum! Brands shared in a statement.

The deal shows Yum! Brands' commitment to engaging customers in a way that meets us exactly where we are… on our phones texting our friends and on social media scrolling through the latest posts. It's a smart move that may make getting your favorite go-to Taco Bell or Pizza Hut order delivered to you for far less effort than it ever took before. But, there's no word just yet on when TicTuk's feature will officially launch for KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut.

That's not the only recent move Yum! Brands has made. Earlier this month, it also bought another company that "uses artificial intelligence for consumer insights and marketing performance analytics," according to CNBC. We'll soon see what kind of effect that has on your fast-food experience.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more
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