Introduction The restaurant industry in the United States had annual sales of $ 631.8 billion and employs 12.9 million people in 2012. Even in times of recession there is little evidence that this industry has seen a decline especially in its fast food and quick service segment. But with a depressed economy with no immediate upward trend in the near future, majority of the customers indicated that they would either curtail their spending on eating or best maintain its current level which is certainly going to affect the future of many restaurants in the industry. Chipotle is part of the fast casual segment of the U.S industry with over 1,600 restaurants.
Chipotle does have some core competencies. They have five to be exact. The first one is serving a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. The second one is using high-quality raw ingredients and classic cooking methods to create great-tasting, reasonably price dishes that were ready to be served to customers minutes after they were ordered. The third one is creating an operationally efficient restaurant with an aesthetically pleasing and distinctive interior setting. The fourth one is having friendly people take care of each customer. Lastly doing all of these with increasing awareness and respect for the environment, the use of organically grown fresh produce, and meats raised in a humane manner without hormones and antibiotics.
When it comes to fast food restaurants, most people tend to think of McDonald, Taco Bell, and KFC. Chipotle, however does not seem to have its name associate with the fast-food industry sector. Chipotle is a very successful Mexican-American chain restaurant that operates in more than 2000 locations world-wide. Its tremendous success results in its exponential growth and rising profit margin despite the scare of E. coli, Salmonella, and Norovirus in a few of its stores.
Chipotle’s major consumers are the millennials. According to Washington Post, the millennial generations (born between 1981 – 1996) make up the largest demographic of fast casual dining because they view fast food choices as unhealthy (Ferdman, 2015). With the price point of fast-casual ranging between $9 and $13, the millennials would pay almost twice compared the cost of fast food which is around $5 for a healthier choice (Ferdman,
Chipotle is in the fast casual industry where competition is extremely intense since there are so many different dining options. An industry like fast casual restaurants has a very high growth rate therefore there is not just one company that has the market cornered. What sets the restaurants apart is not cost but product differentiation; they position themselves in the market with their slogan of Food with Integrity. Since restaurants in the fast casual industry are priced fairly in the same range Chipotle uses different product features to set themselves apart from the others (parature.com). The first value driver in Chipotle’s differentiation strategy is the product quality; they utilize local farmers who are conscience of the environment.
Abstract Chipotle Mexican Grill is a well-known company that deals with fast food and has made significant and distinctive progress compared to other companies in the fast food industry. The company not only prepares food in front of customers but also makes sure that food is made with integrity. The integrity is enhanced by finding, evaluating, and choosing the right ingredients, which are from animals, farmers, and the environment (chipotle.com). These are the principles that serve to direct and guide the organization and help position it as a leader in the industry.
1. It is clear that Gen X and Millennials have established Chipotle as part of their pop culture. With videos out there like “Chipotle is my life” as mentioned by one of participants which went viral it is clear that when young people are getting hungry chipotle isn’t far from their mind. Sometimes when things go viral or
Then in 1998, McDonalds invested $360 million into Chipotle, allowing it to expand rapidly. The Chipotle Mexican Grill experience is an introduction to fast food 2.0, a new version of chain eateries that focus on quick, fresh, and hip food for us young people. Focusing on fresh ingredients, Chipotle’s ingredients are organic and their meat is not contaminated with chemicals, unlike most other fast food chains. When I step up to the counter, I notice a refrigerator filled with drinks. With a full liquor license, Chipotle also
Chipotle and Qdoba each have their similarities and differences. Dating back to the 1990s, Chipotle and Qdoba were both created within a few years of each other. Each restaurant classifies itself as a “Mexican grill” with an assembly line style of ordering. Though Chipotle and Qdoba have the same restaurant set up, they differ in price, product choices, and advertising.
And considering Chipotle’s past financial results, Chipotle’s 2016 financial performance, affected by the illness outbreak, was clearly an outlier. Hence, as 2016, some valuation multiples may not be suitable for the valuation of Chipotle. A clear example of inadequate valuation multiples could be the P/E ratio. Taking into account that Chipotle closed at $377.32 as 2016, it seems to be that even the most bearish investor would not believe that Chipotle would only be worth $20.68 per share, as suggested by the average of the P/E
Who hasn’t heard about Chipotle yet? Chipotle is modern day fast food business. Chipotle thrives on serving non-GMO and healthy foods. Chipotles profits are estimated over $200 million. There are over 2,000 Chipotle franchises across America in 2015.
Since news about the Chipotle food poisoning broke, a lot of people became more concerned about the food they eat. The public began to realize that even renowned brands and giant food chains can also be the breeding ground for the next food related fiasco in town. Because of the two outbreaks of Norovirus (a virus that causes diarrhea, vomiting, body pains and fever among others) in Simi Valley and Boston, two E. coli outbreaks, and one Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota, Chipotle is now facing rapid drops in their food revenue, a decline in their stock value, a criminal investigation and a lawsuit.
Executive Summary Taco Bell is a fast food restaurant chain in America based in California (Grant, 2006). This fast food restaurant specializes in serving burritos, nachos, quesadillas and tacos among other food items in their menu (Grant, 2006). It serves about 2 billion consumers every year in over 6,500 restaurants majority in the United States, where over 80% are operated and owned by independent franchisees in countries including Australia, United Arab Emirates, India, Mexico, Poland, Greece, Philippines, United Kingdom, and Chile among others (Grant, 2006). This fast food restaurant was founded by an individual known as Glen Bell (Walker, 2014). Tacos Bell had a franchise in Dubai shopping mall which was opened in November 2008 and closed
Chick-Fil-A vs Chipotle: Which one is better? Many people lately have been raving over Chipotle, and Chick Fil-a lately. I have always thought to myself what is so great about these two food chains. Many people like Chipotle, and then there a a lot of people that love Chick-Fil-A.
Hi Marquis, I agree with you, Chipotle does have quality issue. I have been to few chipotle joints, and I found that the food they serve many times its not that hygenic. Espcially, where are the foot steps as less, I have seen insects in the food. I am vegetarian, and I prefer that the staff change their gloves when they make me a burrito bowl, but they make faces when they are told to change their gloves.