Chipotle restaurants to serve more locally grown produce

Nick Fetty | June 26, 2014
Chipotle burrito bowl. Photo by punctuated; Flickr
Chipotle burrito bowl.
Photo by punctuated; Flickr

Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced plans to purchase more than 20 million pounds of locally grown produce for its restaurants this year, up from 2013’s goal of 15 million pounds.

The Denver-based restaurant chain will rely on 45 local farms around the country to provide bell peppers, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, oregano, red onions, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes when seasonally available. Locally grown avocados and lemons will also be available at select locations.

Recent reports show that consumers are embracing locally grown produce initiatives at restaurants and grocery stores. Locally grown produce was listed as #2 for Top Trends according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Culinary Forecast. The National Grocery Association 2014 Consumer Panel found that 87 percent of consumers regard the availability of locally grown produce as “very/somewhat important” during grocery store visits.

Chipotle has been environmentally sustainable with other efforts such as serving more Responsibly Raised meat than any other restaurant company in the country as well as opening the nation’s first platinum LEED-certified restaurant. Despite these efforts, Chipotle has received criticism for importing beef from Australia and also for misleading advertising campaigns.

There are more than 1,650 Chipotle restaurants nationwide with six locations in Iowa.

Iowa company supplying biodiesel to power Super Bowl generators

Photo by Anthony Quintano; Flickr

Renewable Energy Group will provide as much as 15,000 gallons of biodiesel blends at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., during the Super Bowl. It also will supply biodiesel for more than 18 generators along Super Bowl Boulevard in New York City leading up to the game

The National Football League environmental program director, Jack Groh, says that this is one of the many steps the NFL is taking to make Super Bowl greener. 

To learn more, head over to The Gazette.