Chipotle issues statement saying there won't be a 'guacapocalypse'

Company filed with SEC that item was threatened

CINCINNATI -- Fans of Chipotle guacamole, rest easy.

Despite a mention in the Mexican fast food chain's annual report, a spokesperson for Chipotle says there is no looming '"guacapocalypse."

The restaurant announced in recent Securities and Exchange Commission filings it could temporarily suspend sales of guacamole and some salsas due to an increase in food costs as a result of climate change.

But in a statement to NPR Wednesday , company spokesman Chris Arnold said the warning included in the SEC filing is just a routine disclosure of risk factors for their business.

"There is no looming 'guacapocalypse' and I wouldn't read too much into this," Arnold told NPR.

Chipotle said this of the potential removal of guacamole from menus in their filings:

"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 officials said.

"In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients, we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients."

"Any such changes to our available menu may negatively impact our restaurant traffic and comparable restaurant sales, and could also have an adverse impact on our brand."

But Arnold told NPR that dealing with weather-related product volatility is just part of routine business when a company like Chipotle relies on fresh ingredients as much as they do. 

"With regard to avocados, we saw similar issues in 2011 and incurred higher prices for the avocados we used, but never stopped serving guacamole," he said.

According to ThinkProgress.org , Chipotle uses an average of 97,000 pounds of avocados every day to make its guacamole -- that's 35.4 million pounds of avocados every year.

Chipotle often promotes its commitment to organic and sustainable farming practices for its ingredients. The company also claims that its ingredients are grown on farms within 350 miles of the restaurant they are served when possible.

The ThinkProgress report states scientists are anticipating drier conditions due to climate change, which may have negative effects on crops. Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory predict hotter temperatures will cause a 40 percent drop in California‘s avocado production over the next 32 years.

But Chipotle insists, for now, it won't limit your guacamole option along the burrito assembly line.

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