You want to know what I honestly think about Chipotle? I think if you put aside the sodium and the calories, I think this company has its heart in the right place. Last year we wrote to Cuisinart and never ever got a response so to actually get a response is top notch in my book and quite frankly just ol’ good customer service, which seems to be on the decline these days doesn’t it?
So my email to Chipotle went like this:
“I love what your company is doing by using sustainable and ethical ingredients. Your Chipotle veggie salad rocks (I’m a vegetarian) but I’m just wondering if Chipotle is using all organic produce, specifically corn because I am concerned with GMO’s.”
To which their reply was this:
Thank you for writing to us. We appreciate your business as well as your support of our Food with Integrity mission. To answer your question, other than our beans, our vegetables are not organic. Currently 45% of the beans we serve are organic and that percentage will continue to grow over time. As far as the corn in our chili-corn salsa goes, I have some good news for you. Our supplier does not purchase GM seed (it’s not however, specifically organic), and maintains a more-than-safe buffer zone between their fields and neighboring fields to prevent any cross pollination. While there is GMO sweet corn out there, this is a different, generally more controlled crop than field corn, and our sweet corn in the salsa is from non-GMO farmers.
Again, we appreciate your support and look forward to serving you again soon!”
Worth mentioning, his reply was cc’d to 17 other Chipotle employees.
But of course I’ll be going back to Chipotle again (ahem last night) and I’ve even figured out how to lower the sodium in my beloved salad: I’m down to two of the salsas vs. three. I’ve switched to the green tomatillo salsa, which has more than 1/2 the sodium of the red tomatillo salsa and I’m keeping the corn salsa, but those two are it. Just by doing that I’ve lowered the sodium from 1390 mg to 640 in the salsa department alone.
So how do you feel about Chipotle now?