Mexican fast food chain Chipotle dropped a green bombshell this week when it announced that it may have to remove guacamole from its menu. Citing the effect of climate change on the price and availability of avocados, the chain announced that guacamole and certain types of salsas may become too expensive to keep on the menu.
Despite the unappetizing news, there is still a ray of hope for avocado aficionados – permanent changes to the menu are not definite. The US Securities and Exchange Commission required Chipotle to file a report in which it describes possible risk factors to its success in the coming year. In addition to troubles such as food-borne illnesses and competition, the company cited climate change as a threat to its bottom line.
“Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients,” Chipotle stated in its assessment last month.
Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocados every day, and most of them come from California – however the state is currently experiencing one of its worst droughts in recorded history. If prices jump significantly, Chipotle plans to at least temporarily remove the costly condiment. The business briefly stopped the sale of antibiotic-free steak in a number of its restaurants earlier this year, and if climate change continues at its current pace avocados could be next on the chopping block.
Via Business Insider
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