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Chipotle GMO Free as of This Week, Says Mexican Food Chain

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 11:56 AM

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced on its website Monday that the chain is no longer using any genetically modified food as of this week.

Chipotle, which has around 1,800 locations, has enjoyed strong sales growth in recent years in part by positioning itself as a more wholesome alternative to traditional fast-food chains. The chain said it was the first national restaurant chain to disclose the presence of GMOs in its ingredients in 2013, reported The Associated Press.

Then in January, it said it would stop serving pork in about a third of its restaurants after finding one of its suppliers violated its animal welfare standards. The company said it doesn't expect the pork shortage to be fully resolved until late this year.

Chipotle still serves Coca-Cola fountain drinks, which are made with high-fructose corn syrup. But this past summer, Chipotle started testing a root beer that is organically sweetened in Denver. That test is ongoing, said Chris Arnold, a company spokesman.

Chief Financial Officer Jack Hartung said in October 2013 that the company was starting to see higher oil costs as it converted from GMO soybean oil to non-GMO sunflower and rice bran oil. Hartung said at the time the higher costs might be reflected in an eventual price increase, but that it would be a "pretty exciting time" when the company announced its transition was complete.

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