May 17, 2020

Our long national Chipotle Carnitas Shortage nightmare is almost over

Chipotle Mexican Grill
carnitas
shortages
Sustainability
Frazer Jones
2 min
Our Long National Chipotle Carnitas Shortage Nightmare is Almost Over
If theres one thing Chipotle Mexican Grill fans love, its their carnitas. But for months now weve been without our precious and delicious carnitas, wait...

If there’s one thing Chipotle Mexican Grill fans love, it’s their carnitas. But for months now we’ve been without our precious and delicious carnitas, waiting patiently with no end in sight as Chipotle searched for a supplier that could live up to the burrito chain’s ethical standards. Now, however, it seems like our long national nightmare may finally be over. According to a new report, Chipotle may have found the supplier it’s been looking for all this time.

Huffington Post reports that Chipotle founder Steve Ells addressed the carnitas shortage during an investor conference call this week. “We believe we have found a new solution to help fill the gap with a new supplier,” Ells reportedly told shareholders. “We’re encouraged by what we have seen so far.”

It’s still going to be a little while until consumers get their hands on carnitas, though. Ells doesn’t expect to see pork make it back into Chipotle locations until autumn at the earliest:

Ells said he anticipates the shortage will continue to affect about one-third of the chain's restaurants this spring and summer, Chipotle’s peak period. Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told The Huffington Post the company “expects to see carnitas coming back to a significant number of restaurants in the third quarter, and to have it in all of our restaurants in the fourth quarter.”

 

But from that point on, as long as this new supplier can uphold its end of the bargain and provide Chipotle with ethically raised antibiotic-free pork, we should be back in business full stop. Not that this means all of our Chipotle meat woes are over. Eater points out that, while we’ll have our Carnitas back, we’ll also be paying a premium for beef this year—barbecoa and steak prices are expected to rise by 4 to 6 percent due to inflation issues.

But while this is unsurprising, studies in the recent past have shown that consumers are more than willing to keep paying for beef even as prices rise. So Chipotle should not have too much to worry about on that front—and for consumers who’d rather pass, there will soon be carnitas.

[SOURCE: Huffington Post via Eater National]

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Jul 15, 2021

Deliveroo boss, Will Shu, goes undercover as food courier

Food
restaurants
Deliveroo
Business
Helen Adams
2 min
Deliveroo
The millionaire Deliveroo founder posed as a delivery man in London, to see how the business operates on the ground

The co-founder of Deliveroo, Will Shu, has taken a humble approach to leading the company, by delivering food to customers himself to find out what his employees deal with. On one recent trip, he noted how restaurant staff were ‘rude’ to him when he pointed out that the food he was due to deliver was cold.

Co-founder Will Shu is based in London. The University of Pennsylvania graduate hatched Deliveroo in 2012, with the target of getting local restaurant meals to hungry people quickly. The company has a revenue of £476m. 

 

Please tell your staff to smile, says Deliveroo boss

The Deliveroo app allows users to order takeaway food, which is then delivered by independent food couriers, often cyclists in weather-proof backpackers, to a house, place of work or even a public location. The company is now active in 12 countries and has helped many through the stress of the pandemic by delivering delicious meals to the doorstep. 

Shu has chosen to do several undercover rounds and he told The Diary of a CEO podcast that on one delivery in Notting Hill, he was rudley disregarded by the staff of an eatery where he collected the food. 

“I did five deliveries last night in Notting Hill. I’m not like a celebrity so no one recognises me. Then I got the food and it was kind of cold, and I’m like ‘hey, you know this food’s kind of cold’ and they were like ‘just deliver it buddy.”

Shu refused to name the location but said he would tell their bosses about the incident. 

“We need to figure out a way to get this to work. Please tell your staff just smile, say ‘hey, how are you doing’. It makes a big difference in people’s days.”

 

Deliveroo set to expand its business with new tech roles

Deliveroo has recently announced that it will create 400 high-skilled tech jobs, to support its rapid growth and to help restaurants improve efficiency.

The company is seeking to hire across a range of skill sets including software engineers, product managers, user researchers, designers, and even data scientists.

 

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