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Chipotle Mexican Grill sets goal for locally grown produce in stores
Chipotle Mexican Grill sets goal for locally grown produce in stores

(WXIA) -- Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced that their teams plan to serve over 15 million pounds of locally grown produce for 2013, up from 10 million in 2012. 

A spokeswoman for Chipotle said Georgia's Coggins Farms and Produce in Lake Park, along with J&J Produce in Adel are working with the restaurant chain to make that goal happen. Chipotle restaurants seek to support local farming communities in all markets that have Chipotle eateries. 

For customers, that means Chipotle will offer fresh, better tasting food, the spokeswoman said. The restaurant hopes to continue to increase the amount of fresh produce it serves, as each location has helped since 2008.

Steve Ellis, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle said his restaurants are changing the way people think about 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 a way that is accessible and affordable," Ellis said.

Some of the produce selections Chipotle will serve include bell peppers, red onions, jalapenos, oregano and romaine lettuce. The spokeswoman said Chipotle believes supporting local farms creates and sustains opportunities for family farms in rural communities. 

 

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