Chipotle Mexican Grill launches spicy new sausage chorizo in all U.S. restaurants

DENVER, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting tomorrow (Oct. 3, 2016), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) will serve chorizo in all U.S. restaurants. The spicy new sausage was introduced in five markets in June.

“The reaction to chorizo in the cities that have had it has been overwhelmingly positive, so we’re making it available in all of our restaurants across the country,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “Our chorizo is made with Responsibly Raised chicken and pork, and provides a delicious new option that fits perfectly with the rest of our menu.”

Made with a blend of pork and white-meat chicken, Chipotle’s chorizo is seasoned with paprika, toasted cumin and chipotle peppers, then seared on a hot grill to give it a perfect char. Chorizo is available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads and can be combined with other signature ingredients.

The nationwide launch of chorizo comes just in time for National Taco Day, which is celebrated each year on October 4. Chipotle is excited to offer customers another delicious way to enjoy tacos on this fun national “holiday”, and throughout the entire year.

For years Chipotle has been providing fresh, Responsibly Raised ingredients grown and raised with respect for farmers, animals and the environment. This includes serving Responsibly Raised meats, ingredients that are not genetically engineered, certain organic produce items and a majority of dairy from cows raised on pasture.

For more information, please visit Chipotle.com/chorizo-info.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 2,000 restaurants, including 26 Chipotle restaurants outside the US and 14 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates four Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

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Chipotle Mexican Grill launches spicy new sausage chorizo in all U.S. restaurants
Chipotle Mexican Grill launches spicy new sausage chorizo in all U.S. restaurants

 

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

IKEA U.S. to sell only cage-free eggs in all its U.S. restaurants

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced that as part of its commitment to sustainable food offerings, it will only be selling cage-free eggs* in all its IKEA U.S. restaurants. This supply chain improvement also supports the well-priced food offerings at all IKEA restaurants.

“At IKEA, we want to improve our contribution to a better everyday life through a wider offer of delicious, healthy food that is sustainably produced and well-priced. We trust this latest transition to offering cage-free eggs in all our restaurants will be meaningful to our customers while influencing the advance of animal welfare,” stated Gerd Diewald, IKEA US food manager.

“We are pleased to support IKEA in their transition to serving only cage-free eggs in their restaurants in the U.S. IKEA sets an impressive standard for businesses wanting to give their customers humane and wholesome options. They know that people want food choices that better reflect their core values including sustainability, positive impact, compassion and health. Making the switch to serving only cage-free eggs can deliver that. We applaud IKEA for giving hens in the U.S. a better life,” stated Darren Vanstone, corporate engagement manager for World Animal Protection.

Why cage-free eggs?
IKEA believes that good animal welfare practices is an important criteria for high quality food products, and offering cage-free eggs is integral to the food offering. It’s also good for people and the planet, and good for the business.

Cage-free eggs means the chickens are housed in an open concept barn with access to a nest box, perches and scratch area. The chickens are given 147 square inches of space per bird with plenty of room to move around, nest and roost. IKEA restaurants also serve chickens raised with no antibiotics.

IKEA announced in April 2015 that its restaurants would be serving a new veggie ball, GRÖNSAKSBULLAR, a good alternative to the popular IKEA meatball, offering tasty chunks of vegetables and a good protein level to support a main meal. Then later in September, IKEA announced it would only sell and serve fish and seafood in its stores from sustainable and responsible sources certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). This includes all IKEA salmon, certified by the ASC, and all wild caught fish and shrimp served and sold at IKEA, independently certified by the MSC.

*Came into effect August 2016. Whole egg products come from shelled eggs

World Animal Protection’s Top 10 facts about the flock
The inner lives of the intelligent and social hen and the real deal on the eggs they lay

  • A big impact: There are 300 million egg laying hens in North America (about 28 million in Canada and the rest in the U.S.) living in small cages
  • On most farms: Each hen is forced to live her life in a space smaller than an iPad. She has little room to stretch her wings or turn around
  • Be a hero for hens: We have a responsibility to treat the animals who produce our food with respect. Choosing cage-free eggs (organic, free range, free run) gives hens a better life and supports producers and businesses who are doing it right
  • What’s in a name: Cage-free/free run labels mean the hens who lay those eggs can move freely in a barn and express behaviors like dust bathing; free range labels mean hens may also get access to the outdoors
  • A positive trend: Changing consumer attitudes means that leading businesses and chefs are making the switch to cage-free.
  • More than Facebook friends: Chickens form complex social relationships and like hanging out with their peers. A hen can recognize and remember up to 100 other chickens and even tell people apart.
  • Almost an egg a day: The average hen lays over 300 eggs per year
  • A unique family tree: Chickens are the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. And a chicken was the first bird to have its genome sequenced.
  • Sweet dreams! Like people, chickens experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which enables them to dream (probably about endless fields of worms!)
  • A global presence: Humans and chickens have lived together for thousands of years and chickens are one of the few domesticated animals found worldwide.

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 340 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries, and 40 franchises. There are 42 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 16, IKEA Group had 783 million visitors to the stores and 2.1 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

Contact:
Mona Astra Liss
IKEA Corporate PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
610.834.0180, ext. 5852

Source: IKEA