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Chipotle still seeking food safety; Ells says ‘esoteric’ plan failed

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Repeating phrases they have been using for the past year, officials with Chipotle Mexican Grill this week announced food safety enhancements and dismal sales numbers. The news broke Monday that the Denver-based burrito chain would be installing new air purifying equipment and ice machine sanitizers in all of its existing 2,200 fast food restaurants and… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Is no news really good news, or just no news?

Opinion

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Dozens of headlines in recent days proclaimed that Chipotle is still doing what it’s executives said it would start doing months ago. It’s been a testament to the power of the Denver-based burrito chain’s marketing team to generate ink without actual news. The media blitz regurgitates the food safety plan and staff that Chipotle has… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The New Normal

Opinion

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Not so long ago, errant food industry managers and executives did not have to worry about going to jail. But they do now. The government once did not have any intentions, plans or strategies for obtaining convictions of food industry managers and executives. But they do now. Before 2010, a corporation with contaminated food that… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What do Dole, Blue Bell, Bidart and Chipotle have in Common?

Opinion

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Yes, they are all under criminal investigation. Over the last week I have been in New York, Dallas, Phoenix, Boise, Fayetteville and San Francisco – and I was supposed to go to Chicago.  I really need to mow my lawn and clean the chicken coop, so I will let this speech by a U.S. Attorney… Continue Reading

Chipotle using games, brains and off-site cooks to turn corner

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Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has a new game online, a new executive director of food safety on payroll, a new public relations firm in New York City and new ways of cooking its food away from its restaurants. Now all it needs is new sales. Keeping with corporate promises about transparency in the wake of… Continue Reading

Expert survey says: You can’t test your way to food safety

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Recent foodborne illness outbreaks have pushed pathogen testing into the headlines, with national restaurant chains and local eateries touting negative test results as positive news. Executives for the Denver-based fast-food burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill are relying on pathogen testing of fresh produce as part of their response to six foodborne outbreaks in the last… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Could announcing July E. coli outbreak have prevented Chipolte’s fall

Opinion

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Yesterday, with the announcement of an expanded criminal investigation and slumping sales, combined with a stock price creeping slightly back up from the bottom after a multi-billion dollar free fall, it does make you wonder if Chipotle could have turned its bus around before it drove off this cliff? Now it could be facing criminal… Continue Reading

Chipotle plans $50 million ad blitz amidst expanded federal criminal investigation

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Characterizing a string of foodborne illness outbreaks as an “unfortunate set of events,” Chipotle Mexican Grill’s founder Steve Ells reported the chain’s net income dropped 44 percent in the last quarter of 2015. Ells’ co-CEO Montgomery Moran revealed more bad news yesterday during the Denver company’s quarterly earnings conference call — the Department of Justice… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: It’s Always the Cover-Up

Opinion

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“It is almost always the cover-up rather than the event that causes trouble.” -Howard Baker, Republican of Tennessee California law is pretty clear. The state has  a mandatory notification requirement for the manager or person-in-charge of a food establishment to immediately file a report with the local environmental health agency if any employee is known… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Chipotle – Parallels with Jack-in-the-Box and Odwalla

Opinion

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The more things change the more things stay the same. Friday a Chipotle stockholder brought suit against the company, filing a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. In the complaint, the investor accused Chipotle of failing to disclose that its “quality controls were inadequate to safeguard consumer and… Continue Reading