Half a year after Chipotle first suspended a key pork supplier for not meeting its animal welfare standards, about 40 percent of its locations still do not carry carnitas, and that’s a problem for the chain.
On Tuesday, the restaurant reported comparable restaurant sales growth of 4.3 percent. For many other restaurant chains, this would have been a blockbuster quarter. But at Chipotle, investors have grown accustomed to high figures – helped in part by a price increase last year – and the number missed forecasts.
Partly to blame was the lack of carnitas at a large number of locations.