By Kris Trites
Chipotle is going transparent where GMO’s are concerned. Please let this trend take off!
The chain began labeling its ingredients in March on its website, including such details as “pasture-raised dairy” for the sour cream and cheeses. There are no plans to post the data on the menu boards in restaurants because of the boards’ “limited real estate,” Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold says. The company hasn’t noticed any change in sales due to the menu disclosure. “It’s not a concern to us that we’re going to lose business over this,” says Arnold. “If anything, it engenders more trust when you’re more forthcoming about the food you serve. Any downside there may be … is going to be eclipsed by the upside with being transparent.” The chain is working to reduce the GMO content of its ingredients but doesn’t expect to achieve a 100 percent GMO-free menu, given the nature of the U.S. food industry, Arnold says. “Our food system is so dominated by these big industrial food producers.” To get away from one heavily modified crop, the company is switching from soybean oil to sunflower oil for frying taco shells; the change is expected to be completed by Sept. 1. The chain is also experimenting with rice bran oil in some markets, to reduce the use of soybean oil. Along with the modified organisms, the company also labels foods that contain hydrogenated oils and preservatives in a “room for improvement” section.
I’m off to lunch at Chipotle..
via The Genetically Modified Burrito: Chipotle Tells All, Business Week