Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

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Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:48 am

Chipotle will stop serving GMO foods — despite zero evidence they're harmful to eat

Chipotle Wants to Sell “Food With Integrity.” Dropping GMOs Is the Wrong Way to Do It.

Last time I visited my my parents in California we stayed at the same hotel where we had always stayed before. In the past there was a Taco Bell near by we liked to go to because there is no Taco Bell and few other choices for Mexican food in Japan. I realize they don't have a very good image these days, but my family likes it because it is cheap and yummy. Anyway, the Taco Bell was gone and in its place was a Chipotle. So we tried it. It's pricier but I liked their food. The wife and kids not so much. That was about 2 years ago. Now they are going all GMO-free, and I can't imagine the price of their food won't go up as a result. I honestly liked them myself at the time, but if GMO-free means paying 7 or 8 bucks for a burrito I think I'll pass if a cheaper option is available. I don't care about GMO-free or organic and I'm not going to pay a premium for it. Basically I think they are pandering to the Food Babes of the world.
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by whitefork » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:17 pm

If it's a winning economic strategy, it's "the right way to do it". If they get their non-GMO lunch eaten by G'Motle or FrankenHooters (I'd eat that for a dollar) or whoever, then we'll know it was the wrong way.
Otherwise I'll regard it as a marketing ploy.
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:42 pm

The wife likes Chipotle. I do not. I don't care what they do. They're pandering to a particular market segment and it won't really alienate their larger market. It may work for them. I don't know how they are going to do that and keep the prices the same. Higher prices will alienate everyone except those that shop at Wholefoods.

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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:56 pm

They are going for the ninny market segment, and betting that non-GMO will not drive away any significant number of non-ninny customers.

Probably a good strategy.

If it's shit bottom of the line quasi-Mexican you want, they are still better than Taco Bell, ninnies and all.
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:08 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:They are going for the ninny market segment, and betting that non-GMO will not drive away any significant number of non-ninny customers.

Probably a good strategy.

If it's shit bottom of the line quasi-Mexican you want, they are still better than Taco Bell, ninnies and all.
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:10 pm

Rob Lister wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:They are going for the ninny market segment, and betting that non-GMO will not drive away any significant number of non-ninny customers.

Probably a good strategy.

If it's shit bottom of the line quasi-Mexican you want, they are still better than Taco Bell, ninnies and all.
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What part of my opinion?

Non-ninnies not being driven away?

Or Chipolte being shit?
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:35 pm

Chipolte being lesser shit than Taco Bell. 'Tis greater shit, IMcO. Not that Taco Bell is great, or even good. And "Real Mexican" cuisine is like the proverbial Scotsman that never was.

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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:39 pm

... And "Real Mexican" cuisine is like the proverbial Scotsman that never was.
I'll take this bit first.

100% agree.

Authenticity is overrated, and yes there is olive oil in my recipe for green chile stew. 8)
Rob Lister wrote:Chipolte being lesser shit than Taco Bell. 'Tis greater shit, IMcO. Not that Taco Bell is great, or even good ...
As long as we both agree that both are shit, we are essentially on the same side of this issue. :mrgreen:
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:46 pm

In my younger and poorer days, Taco Bell was the place of choice. I could get full for no more than the change in my pocket so long as I forewent the soda. Even today I can get a dozen tacos for 12 bucks.
That wouldn't even buy me two tacos at Chipotle.

I'm not [too] poor anymore. We eat mexican about once or twice a month at local Mexican eateries. I don't know how "authentic" it is but if you want a free meal, just yell "La Migra! La Migra!" when the bill arrives. Nobody left to take the check.

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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:03 pm

Rob Lister wrote:That wouldn't even buy me two tacos at Chipotle.
I think that's the price for 3 tacos actually, so you could get like six for $13.

OTOH, you can't buy just a single taco there.
You can see pictures of what you get for that price here:
http://chipotle.com/menu

And the burritos are bigger than the Taco Bell burritos. One burrito is a meal at Chipotle. My wife and kids couldn't finish theirs.
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:22 pm

my bad. it still isn't very tasty. it lacks the grease i need to keep my body happy.

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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by gnome » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:41 pm

Around here we have a pretty awesome spot called Taco Bus. I think it started as a food truck. Very tasty, not "cheap" but not horribly pricy either.
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:01 pm

We don't have a Chipotle in my neck of the woods, we do have Qdoba and I have been told it's pretty much the same. I love Qdoba. I don't give a shit that it's not "real Mexican food" it's damned tasty, I give zero fucks beyond that.

As for Chipotlez actions, I am torn. on one hand I think, like any business, they have to cater to their customers desires, even if those desires are stupid. On the other hand, I don't like seeing the anti-science Luddite crowd given legitimacy. I probably wouldn't boycott Chipotle over this, even if there were one near me, but it wouldn't make me want to go there either.
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:02 pm

gnome wrote:Around here we have a pretty awesome spot called Taco Bus. I think it started as a food truck. Very tasty, not "cheap" but not horribly pricy either.
The best tacos I ever had were from some nameless taco truck that used to park outside my workplace
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:04 pm

Nyarlathotep wrote:The best tacos I ever had were from some nameless taco truck that used to park outside my workplace
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Post by Rob Lister » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:09 pm

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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by whitefork » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:16 pm

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The trick to True Authenticity TM is the cook not washing his hands. :notsure:
That's how we do it in Libertopia.
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:18 pm

I neither know nor care what they did. They made good tacos.

Oh, and it appears Chipotles move may be backfiring. I will post examples later if anyone cares, but the food woos are now mad at Chipotle for not going far enough, I.e. By their own admission their beef may still come from Cows fed GMO grain. So the people they were pandering to still aren't happy
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Re: Is Chipotle promoting food woo?

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:20 pm

whitefork wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:20 pm

Nyarlathotep wrote:I neither know nor care what they did. They made good tacos.

Oh, and it appears Chipotles move may be backfiring. I will post examples later if anyone cares, but the food woos are now mad at Chipotle for not going far enough, I.e. By their own admission their beef may still come from Cows fed GMO grain. So the people they were pandering to still aren't happy
Wait a minute?

Their menu features MEAT?

Murderers. :evil:
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