Chipotle commits to buy-local in Pacific Northwest


Chipotle Mexican Grill has strengthened its commitment to buying local from food suppliers in Oregon and Washington.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill has strengthened its commitment to buying local from food suppliers in Oregon and Washington.

The company has 1,100 locations nationally, including 12 in Oregon.

The growing focus on locally supplied food ingredients at Chipotle stems from its “Food with Integrity” initiative, which founder Steve Ells has used to press the chain’s ingredient quality toward increasingly sustainably grown and naturally raised products since 2001.

The expanded purchasing in the Northwest follows a commitment to serve 10 million pounds of locally grown produce in its restaurants in 2011, doubling the amount of locally grown produce served in Chipotle restaurants in 2010. Other food ingredients are also being sourced locally, including tortilla chips and wraps from Don Pancho.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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