Local sourcing proves problematic for large national chains

This year, the 1,000-plus-unit Chipotle Mexican Grill chain expects to serve more than 5 million pounds of produce sourced from local farms around the nation. The fast-casual burrito specialist also is planning to increase its dependence upon local sourcing by purchasing additional produce from smaller producers.

“It’s a plan we’ve been building over the last three years,” said Chris Arnold, spokesman for the Denver-based brand. “This year, our goal was t

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