Chipotle Mexican Grill announced that it has reached an important milestone in its efforts to serve sour cream and cheese made with milk from pasture-raised dairy cows. Beginning in June, 2012, 100 percent of the sour cream served in its restaurants has been produced with dairy from pasture-raised cattle. Under this protocol, cows have daily access to outdoor pastures, are never given added hormones, and are fed an all vegetarian, plant-based diet.
“We are constantly looking at every ingredient we use to make our food and how we can get them from better, more sustainable sources,” saysSteve Ells, founder, chairman, and co-CEO of Chipotle. “For too long, food made with more sustainably raised ingredients has been out of reach to many consumers, but we are changing that. It’s one of the ways we are changing the way people think about and eat fast food. Food made with these great ingredients should be available and affordable to everyone.”
Chipotle has long believed that animals should live in a way that allows them to display their natural tendencies. In addition to its commitment to serving dairy from pasture-raised cattle, Chipotle also serves all naturally raised meat, from animals that are raised in a humane way and never given antibiotics or added hormones, in all of its restaurants.
Posted by Ann Chen
Edited by Melanie Figueroa