April 27, 2015

Chipotle just did something no other restaurant let alone chain has done, anywhere.

Relephant: McDonald’s sales continue to plummet worldwide, with plans to close 700 stores. Meanwhile Chipotle reported a 10% increase, and Taco Bell’s breakfast is a hit, stealing customers away from McDonald’s. (sfgate.com)

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On the front page of the NY Times:

In a first for a major restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday will begin serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients.

“This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” said Steve Ells, founder and co-chief executive of Chipotle…

…last December it announced that it could not supply all of its restaurants with the pork needed for carnitas after an audit found that one of its suppliers had failed to meet its standards for raising pigs.

That shortage continues, cutting into the company’s sales, and last week it said it probably would not be able to offer carnitas in all of its more than 1,800 restaurants until this fall….

…More than 90 percent of corn and soy grown in the United States is genetically modified, and Chipotle used soy oil to fry its chips and tortillas. Canola oil comes from rapeseed, another large G.M.O. crop.

…The flour tortillas posed a bigger problem. “The shortening had an oil in it that was derived from soybeans,” said Chris Arnold, Chipotle’s spokesman. “We won’t use lard for tortillas because of our vegan and vegetarian customers, and we can’t use palm oil because of the environmental impact.”

Read the full story here: NY Times.

Read all our Chipotle coverage here.

Relephant bonus: Butter, Salt & a Side of Poison: How to Protect your Family from Monsanto & Genetically Modified Foods. ~ Marylee Fairbanks

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Relephant: Lyfe, one of many restaurant chains seeking to emulate Chipotle’s eco, healthy & financial success.

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