Chipotle’s Marriage of Tofu and Tacos Goes National

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Earlier this summer when Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) rolled out its latest menu item, “Sofritas,” in a select number of markets, the popular fast-food chain had some jealous customers on its hands. Sofritas, made up of “shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos, and a blend of aromatic spices,” was only introduced to the menu in restaurants stationed throughout the West Coast, and all other consumers, particularly of the vegetarian and vegan variety, felt short-changed. Was Chipotle playing favorites?

Maybe so, but the Denver, Colorado-based company is now officially leveling the playing field. According to Fox News, Chipotle says it is ready to roll out the Sofritas nationally, starting as soon as next week. Though the spicy shredded tofu has been available in cities like Baltimore and Philadelphia for a while now, customers in New York City and Boston will see it on the menu starting March 3, and all other consumers will see it soon thereafter.

In order to come out with its organic, GMO-free, soy-based protein that now serves as the filling for many tacos and burritos, Fox News reports that Chipotle teamed up with soy producer Hodo Soy to perfect the recipe. The fast-food company has enjoyed significant success as of late, partly due to its commitment to more healthful options and non-GMO ingredients, and its success with Sofritas in Northwest markets only represents yet another victory Chipotle has secured thanks to health-conscious consumers. While restaurants like McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) and Burger King (NYSE:BKW) have suffered slowing sales thanks to customers’ flattening demand for calorie-packed foods, Chipotle has only benefited from the new trend, thanks to customers driving away from the McDonald’s Drive-Thru and into the Chipotle one.

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