6/19/2013 04:50:00 PM

Chipotle Announces Commitment to Locally Grown Produce

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By Kelly Dobkin
Chipotle announced today that the gourmet chain plans to serve more than 15 millions pounds of locally grown produce in its restaurants this year, up from last year's 10 million pounds. In a press statement, founder and co-CEO Steve Ells remarked: “We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food. That means pushing ourselves to find the best quality ingredients - ingredients that have traditionally been available only in high end restaurants and specialty food markets - and making them available in way that is accessible and affordable.”

All of Chipotle’s locally grown produce comes from within 350 miles of the restaurants where it will be served and the brand will work with a network of more than 70 family-owned farms to provide locally grown vegetables and herbs for its restaurants. All the dairy products are derived from hormone-free milk and its meats are raised humanely and without antibiotics and hormones. Piece of mind for your next Burrito Bowl binge.

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