By Abby Ellin
It may take a village to raise a child. But all it takes to raise employment is a taco.
That seems to be the situation at Taco Bell, anyway, which added 15,000 employees last year, company chief executive Greg Creed told the Daily Beast, largely on one new product.
Creed attributes the success to Doritos Locos Tacos, which the company rolled out in March 2012. The product -- whose tortilla shell, in a collaboration with Frito-Lay, is made from the recipe for Nacho Cheese Flavored Doritos -- was the "biggest launch in Taco Bell history," he told the Beast. Throughout 2012, 375 million of the 170-calorie tacos were gobbled up, which averages about 1 million per day.
"We believe we can add 2,000 new restaurants in the next 10 years, because what we have is proprietary and exclusive. Nobody else can make a Cool Ranch Doritos Taco. And that's just in the U.S.," Creed told the Beast. Creed was traveling today and unavailable to talk to ABC News, a spokesman said.
Taco Bell is part of Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Ky. It's one of the world's largest restaurant companies, with more than 39,000 locations in 125 countries. Its brands include KFC and Pizza Hut.
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