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El Pollo Loco picks Jefferies, Morgan Stanley for IPO: sources

By Olivia Oran and Greg Roumeliotis (Reuters) - El Pollo Loco Inc has selected investment banks Jefferies Group LLC and Morgan Stanley to lead an initial public offering of the private equity-owned fast-food chicken chain later this year, according to people familiar with the matter. The move makes El Pollo Loco the latest among several private equity-backed restaurant chains hoping to go public this year amid strong demand by stock market investors hungry for exposure to the fast-growing casual dining sector.

Taco Bell continues teasing McDonald's with 'Old MacDonald' tune in new ad

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Taco Bell is taking another jab at McDonald's in a new ad for its breakfast menu. The fast-food chain will begin airing a TV spot that is set to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and shows a man who has been eating Egg McMuffins since 1984. After trying Taco Bell's breakfast, the man trims his mullet, switches to tighter pants, gets a smartphone and takes down his "Loverboy" poster.

Taco Bell taps real-life Ronald McDonalds in television ads to promote new breakfast menu

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu — Ronald McDonald. The fast-food chain will begin airing ads Thursday that feature everyday men who happen to have the same name as the McDonald's mascot known for his bright red hair and yellow jumpsuit. The ads, by Oscar-winning director Errol Morris, are intended to promote Taco Bell's new breakfast menu, which features novelties like a waffle taco.

New machine sells Mexican burritos 24/7

Los Angeles, Mar 12 (EFE).- The Burrito Box, a new machine featuring cutting-edge technology, is dishing out hot burritos to hungry consumers at any time of day all 365 days of the year. "The Burrito Box is the food dispenser of the future," Denis Koci, co-founder of Burrito Box creator The Box Brands, told Efe. "There are already prototypes of flying cars and rocket packs you wear on your back for the future, and we are in the vanguard when it comes to kiosks for hot fast food," Koci said.

Taco Bell takes aim at McDonald's with national breakfast, coffee menu

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Egg McMuffin, meet the Waffle Taco. Taco Bell is readying for the launch of its national breakfast menu on March 27, with items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap designed to appeal to its fan base of younger men. And the chain says breakfast will be available until 11 a.m. — a half hour longer than McDonald's offers its Egg McMuffins. "We can turn the breakfast conversation into a two horse race," Taco Bell president Brian Niccol said in an interview, noting that Taco Bell intends to be a "strong No. 2" after McDonald's.

Mayors' Super Bowl wager prompts NM to back up reputation as the 'Green Chile State'

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A friendly Super Bowl bet between the mayors of Seattle and Denver is causing a stir in New Mexico. If the Seahawks win on Sunday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has wagered a few things he says are indicative of his city. Among them: handmade skis, a hoodie and a sampling of Denver's "amazing green chile." Chile from the Mile High City? The question has fired up New Mexicans, resulting in a flurry of social media posts on New Mexico's long history with the hot peppers.

The hottest chili peppers come from South Carolina, not Latin America

Washington, Jan 13 (EFE).- The producer of the world's hottest chili peppers is in South Carolina, home of the Guinness-record "Carolina Reaper" pepper, not Mexico. "This chili is 300 times hotter than the jalapeño. The jalapeño has 1,000 units on the heat scale and the 'Carolina Reaper' has 1.5 million," Ed Currie, holder of the Guinness record, said. "Chili" is a Nahuatl word and the spicy peppers are believed to have been part of the diet in the Americas since about 7,500 B.C.

The hottest chili peppers come from South Carolina, not Latin America

Washington, Jan 13 (EFE).- The producer of the world's hottest chili peppers is in South Carolina, home of the Guinness-record "Carolina Reaper" pepper, not Mexico. "This chili is 300 times hotter than the jalapeño. The jalapeño has 1,000 units on the heat scale and the 'Carolina Reaper' has 1.5 million," Ed Currie, holder of the Guinness record, said. "Chili" is a Nahuatl word and the spicy peppers are believed to have been part of the diet in the Americas since about 7,500 B.C.

US city hails ruling in smelly sauce row

A US city welcomed Wednesday a court ruling which could force the closure of a US factory that makes famed Sriracha chili sauces, after neighbors complained of spicy smells. The California city of Irwindale, outside Los Angeles, asked last month for Huy Fong Food's facility to be closed and that the company be forced to improve odor-filtering measures. On Tuesday LA Superior Court judge Robert H. O'Brien ruled in favor of the city, ordering the sauce maker to stop any operations that could cause smells and immediately take steps to lessen the odors.

Ruling on odour from California hot sauce factory raises worries among residents about jobs

IRWINDALE, Calif. - A judge has ordered a plant that produces the popular Sriracha chili sauce to stop emitting annoying odours in a ruling that left some nearby residents worried about a possible loss of jobs at the factory. Judge Robert H. O'Brien on Tuesday ruled in favour of the city of Irwindale, where Sriracha recently relocated, saying sauce maker Huy Fong Foods must stop any operations that could be causing the odours and make unspecified changes to mitigate them.
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