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The Great Chipotle Carnitas Shortage of 2015 Will End This Fall

Chipotle has found a new supplier.

Carnitas burritos should be back in all stores this fall.
Carnitas burritos should be back in all stores this fall.
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There's finally some light at the end of the pork-less tunnel: According to the Huffington Post, the Great Chipotle Carnitas Famine of 2015 will finally come to end. The bad news? Pork lovers are going to have to wait until the later half of the year to get their meaty fill. Earlier this month Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold noted that the chain was searching for a replacement supplier and looking into different cuts of pork, but that the company wasn't sure when they would be "fully supplied again."

Chipotle co-CEO Steve Ells told Wall Street analysts yesterday that the chain has found a new supplier that could help fill the gap created when the chain dropped a different supplier for not meeting the company's ethical standards earlier this year, writes Fortune. Ells revealed that Chipotle is currently "conducting on-site visits to examine every aspect of the suppliers operation." If there are no glitches, Chipotle will begin slowly increasing their carnitas supply this summer and is aiming to have pork in all of their stores in the fall.

While one crisis has been averted, another is on the horizon. Slate writes that the prices of Chipotle's steak and barbacoa options will likely increase by four to six percent. Chipotle apparently "undershot" what the price of beef would be and didn't factor in inflation rates. Maybe it's just time to go vegetarian — no meat shortages, no meat price increases, just free guac.

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