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Taco Bell will take away Mexican pizza and different objects when menu optimization is full

A customer rides his bicycle outside a Taco Bell restaurant in Novato, California.

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Taco Bell announced a second wave of menu cuts after completing a review of its food and beverage offering.

The Yum Brands chain is among those restaurant companies that are constantly rethinking their menus during the coronavirus pandemic. Fewer kitchen staff and higher demand in the thoroughfares led McDonald's and others to temporarily cut their menus, only to realize it resulted in faster service times and happier customers.

Earlier this month, Taco Bell stopped serving items like Nachos Supreme, Spicy Potato Soft Taco, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, Spicy Tostada, and the 7-Layer Burrito.

Mexican pizza, a fan favorite of the chain, is among the departing items. The chain said the packaging for the pizza in the U.S. amounted to more than 7 million pounds of cardboard annually, so the departure will help Taco Bell move closer to its sustainability goals.

Taco Bell is also swapping its pico de gallo for freshly diced tomatoes and removing its option for shredded chicken protein, signifying the move away from Shredded Chicken Soft Taco, Shredded Chicken Burrito, and Shredded Chicken Quesadilla Melt.

Fans of the menu items still have time to say goodbye for good. The menu changes will take effect on November 5th, which also marks the launch of the Dragonfruit Freeze Drink and Chicken Chipotle Melt. Taco Bell is also testing the Quesalupa's return in Knoxville, Tennessee before making a nationwide return next year.

Yum stocks, valued at $ 29 billion, are down less than 5% since the start of the year. On Thursday, the stock was recently trading 1.8% at $ 96.25.

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