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Today in the World of Food: Bell Tolls for Taco Bell Founder Glen Bell

January 19th, 2010 · No Comments


Glen Bell died this past weekend. He was the founder of Taco Bell – the now ubiquitous face of Mexican fast food in the U.S.

The original Taco Bell

He started Taco Bell in California in 1962, after owning several other quick-serve eateries. In 1978, there were 868 of them spread across the U.S. He sold them to Pepsico. Today the chain, now serving 36.8 million customers a week, is owned by YUM brands, the largest restaurant owner in the world.

Could use more of him today

Glen Bell

Bell didn’t retire: he started a demonstration farm that taught kids about agriculture, how their food gets from farm to table, and how to respect the earth and the farmers who tends it. He was a partner with 4-H – an organization that still focuses on the importance of agriculture around the world.

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