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U.S. Fast Food Giant Taco Bell Opens it’s First Outlet in Bangkok

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BANGKOK – U.S. fast food giant Taco Bell has opened its first outlet in Thailand, continuing the Yum! Brands chain’s Asia expansion, offering adapted menu items and local beer.

The fast-food chain’s new Bangkok outlet opened on Thursday and introduced new items with local flavors including an extra-spicy sauce to compete with the multiple quick-service chains and higher-end Mexican restaurants in the city center.

It will also serve Thai beer brands Singha and Chang as well as Philippines beer San Miguel Light.

Its Thai franchise partner, Thoresen Thai Agencies Pcl (TTA), owned by the billionaire Mahagitsiri family, a shipping company that branched out last year into the food and beverage business with quick-service restaurant, Pizza Hut, also owned by Yum.

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Taco Bell International president Liz Williams said that Taco Bell had opened its first restaurant in Southeast Asia about 10 years ago in the Philippines.

“Taco Bell will appeal to the young generation, particularly millennial’s,” Chalermchai Mahagitsiri, CEO of Taco Bell’s Thai franchise partner Thoresen Thai Agencies (TTA), said in a statement, adding that his family “fell in love” with the chain while visiting the United States.

TTA, owned by the billionaire Mahagitsiri family, is a shipping company that branched out last year into the food and beverage sector.

Taco Bell’s Asia Pacific’s managing director, Ankush Tuli, said Thailand’s “strong food culture, adventurous spirit and appetite for trying new things” make it a good market for the brand.

The latest store was unveiled by Taco Bell President Liz Williams on Tuesday. The chain, known for serving burritos and tacos opened its first store in China in 2016 and last year signed a deal to expand in New Zealand and Australia.

By Chayut Setboonsarng Reuters

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