Chipotle Says “Unnecessary” Additives Are Creepy for This Year’s Boorito Fundraiser

Customers are invited to add something “unnecessary” to their costumes
to score a $3 burrito and to help raise $1 million for the Chipotle
Cultivate Foundation

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced today the return of its
longstanding and popular Halloween fundraiser, Boorito. On Saturday,
October 31 between 5pm and closing, Chipotle will offer $3 burritos,
bowls, salads, and tacos to customers dressed in a costume with an,
“unnecessary” addition. Proceeds from the fundraiser, up to $1 million,
will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

Boorito has become one of the company’s most iconic promotions and this
year, to showcase the simplicity of their ingredients, Chipotle is
asking Boorito participants to add an unnecessary addition to their
costumes in order to redeem the $3 Boorito offer. This twist on the
costume guidelines supports the company’s larger vision of serving only
the highest quality ingredients versus the complex array of unnecessary
additives and preservatives that are typically found in fast food.

Unlike a typical fast food restaurant menu that includes hundreds, if
not thousands of additives, including chemicals, processing aids,
artificial colors and artificial flavors, Chipotle serves a simple menu
of food made with only 68 ingredients that are raised or grown with
respect for farmers, the environment, animals and consumers. These high
quality ingredients are then prepared using classic cooking techniques.

“We’ve always focused on sourcing the highest quality ingredients, and
we are challenging our customers to learn about the unnecessary
ingredients used in typical fast food by adding something ‘unnecessary’
to their costume,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief creative and development
officer. “In exchange for adding an unnecessary item to their costume,
we’ll donate $1 from their purchase to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation
to help in its efforts to create a better food future.”

In support of this year’s Boorito fundraiser, Chipotle has produced a
companion short film in conjunction with New York-based studio, Piro,
entitled “Endless Line.” The humorous film features a customer entering
a fictitious fast food restaurant where she discovers what Chipotle
would be like if it served traditional fast food rather than cooking by
hand. It follows her as she orders from an endless line of workers, each
adding a different artificial additive to her meal. Rather than accept
her artificially flavored, colored, and processed meal, she questions
where the “real” ingredient are. The short video concludes with the
line: “Unnecessary additives are creepy.”

Proceeds from Boorito, up to $1 million, will benefit the Chipotle
Cultivate Foundation. To date, Chipotle customers have raised more than
$4 million through the Boorito fundraising program to support the
foundation’s work. The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation provides resources
and promotes good stewardship for farmers; promotes better livestock
husbandry; encourages regenerative agriculture practices; and fosters
food literacy, cooking education, and nutritious eating.

For more information about this year’s Boorito fundraiser, please visit


Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea
that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast-food experience.
Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos,
burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from
fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking
methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of
Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using
ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are
sustainably grown and raised responsibly with respect for the animals,
the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this
vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered
on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards.
This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our
customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within.
Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than
1,850 restaurants, including 17 Chipotle restaurants outside the U.S.
and 11 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor
in an entity that owns and operates three Pizzeria Locale restaurants.
For more information, visit


Chipotle Mexican Grill established the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation in
2011 to extend its commitment to creating a more sustainable future. The
foundation is committed to providing resources and promoting good
stewardship for farmers; promoting better livestock husbandry;
encouraging regenerative agriculture practices; and fostering better
food literacy, cooking education, and nutritious eating. Since its
inception, the foundation has contributed more than $3 million to
likeminded organizations committed to cultivating a better world through
food. Visit
for more information.


Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chris Arnold, 303-222-5912