OUR $10 MILLION LOCAL GROWERS SUPPORT INITIATIVE
We’re also committed to sourcing fresh produce from local farms, because they’re a big part of what we do.
In 2015, Chipotle restaurants in the U.S. served more than 30 million pounds of produce sourced from local farmers—or about 12% of the fresh produce brought into our restaurants. But for some of the smaller farmers in our local produce program, implementing Chipotle’s food safety standards may be a challenge. Some of these growers don’t have the financial resources, personnel, or technology necessary to meet Chipotle’s new safety standards.
That’s why we created the Chipotle Local Grower Support Initiative. We’re committing up to $10 million to help our suppliers meet our new safety standards. Not only is this good for our suppliers, it will help to ensure that our customers have access to an even larger supply of fresh and safe local produce. These funds will enable us to support some of the best local growers around the country—from small- and medium-sized local growers to farmers who use techniques like greenhouses.
This program will focus on three key objectives:
- Education and training: Provide the food safety support and education necessary to meet our standards and help offset the costs of enhanced testing and food safety practices.
- Financial assistance: Provide financial assistance in the form of grants or premiums to help cover the higher costs of enhanced food safety practices.
- Develop new partnerships: Seek out farmers using greenhouses and other technologies around the country that meet Chipotle’s food safety standards.