Chipotle Test Proves What We Already Know: Everything Is Better With Bacon

Bacon (BLT Quesadillas!), Nachos, Late Night eats and a Chips and Drink bundle are new items and promotions Chipotle is testing in select markets nationwide.

DENVER - Aug. 9, 2018 // PRNewswire // - Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) is piloting two new menu items and promotions in select cities nationwide as part of its overall commitment to make the brand more accessible and give fans the food they love when they want it.

First up is a dream come true for bacon lovers. Applewood Smoked Bacon begins its journey on the road to a national rollout after receiving a tremendous response from consumers at the NEXT kitchen in New York City. In September, bacon will expand to an eight-restaurant operations test in Orange County, Calif. before being considered for a full market test.

"Consumers have always said 'everything tastes better with bacon' and that is exactly what we confirmed in our New York test kitchen," said Chris Brandt, chief marketing officer at Chipotle. "We found consumers added bacon to their traditional bowls, burritos, tacos and nachos while also enjoying new items such as the BLT quesadilla with bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese grilled to perfection." Quesadillas are currently only available in the NEXT kitchen in New York City.

Build Your Own Nachos, Late Night Deals and More
With positive results from the recent ten-restaurant test, nachos are expanding to full-market tests in Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul this October. Chipotle nachos, which are a top customer request, include homemade corn tortilla chips topped with an all new genuine queso and choice of meat, beans, salsas and lettuce.

From now until September 30, customers at participating locations in Miami and Dallas can get $2 tacos with the purchase of any drink after 8pm. The participating Chipotle restaurants in Miami and Dallas will now stay open later, until 11pm, helping to satisfy demand for food experiences outside of standard business hours. An additional pilot underway offers customers at select Philadelphia and Indianapolis restaurants the option to add regular-sized chips and a fountain drink to their entrée order for just $3.

"A cornerstone of our new strategy is to make Chipotle more culturally relevant and to meet our customers where they are with flavorful food they can feel good about eating," added Brandt. "We know that Chipotle is a great place to start or end the night, which is why we're excited to test this pilot with our Miami and Dallas night owl fans."

Available in-restaurant and for a limited time only, the promotions are being tested via Chipotle's new stage-gate process, which allows the company to test, learn, listen to customer feedback, and iterate extensively before moving ahead with a national launch. Both offers and new menu items are subject to availability and may not be combined with other promotions, offers or coupons.

About Chipotle

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) is cultivating a better world by serving responsibly sourced, classically-cooked, real food with wholesome ingredients without added colors, flavors or other additives. Chipotle had more than 2,450 restaurants as of June 30, 2018 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Germany and is the only restaurant company of its size that owns and operates all its restaurants. With more than 70,000 employees passionate about providing a great guest experience, Chipotle is a longtime leader and innovator in the food industry. Chipotle is committed to making its food more accessible to everyone while continuing to be a brand with a demonstrated purpose as it leads the way in digital, technology and sustainable business practices. Steve Ells, founder and executive chairman, first opened Chipotle starting with a single restaurant in Denver, Colorado in 1993. For more information or to place an order online, visit www.chipotle.com.

Contact:

Laurie Schalow
303-222-5912
lschalow@chipotle.com

SOURCE Chipotle Mexican Grill

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