Chipotle continues to suffer carnitas shortages at many locations around the U.S. after it dropped a pork vendor in January over failure to meet the restaurant’s standards, Bloomberg reports.
“We don’t know for sure when we’ll be fully supplied again,” Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said. “For many years, we’ve been operating in a system where the primary food supply doesn’t meet our standards.”
To meet Chipotle’s guidelines, meat ingredients must be free of antibiotics and added hormones. For pork, animals need outdoor access or “deeply bedded barns,” meaning straw to sleep on. At the same time, there’s increased competition from other fast food chains looking to bulk up on higher quality ingredients.
Chipotle wants to expand, but the shortages might affect its ability to do so, Bloomberg reports:
Chipotle saw revenue rise 27.8% to $4.11 billion last year, and its stock price jumped about 29%. Chipotle reported fourth quarter earnings of $3.84 per share, versus expected earnings of $3.79 a share, according to CNBC.