Chipotle has a carnitas fix, but it’s not a fast one

On the company’s earnings call Tuesday, founder Steve Ells said shortages will continue through summer.

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In January, when Chipotle announced that it would have to remove its popular carnitas from the menu at a third of its locations, PR Daily (and other sites) called it a PR win.

Reputation-wise, it upheld the chain’s values of only serving food sourced from suppliers who treat animals humanely. In terms of sales, however, it’s been a bit of a problem. Though sales are still growing, they’re not growing as fast as investors had predicted. The stock is down.

According to Quartz:

The company removed a large pork supplier in January because it didn’t mean the company’s standards for humane treatment. That led to a carnitas shortage, which CFO Jack Hartung said is hurting sales by as much as 2 percent.

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