Chipotle has a bizarre explanation for why it won't sell one of the most popular Tex-Mex foods
As Chipotle struggles to make a comeback, the chain is refusing to do one thing: Add queso to the menu.
In a video released earlier in June that recently resurfaced on Twitter, the chain explains why.
In the ad, a faux Chipotle marketing team is brainstorming new ideas. Newcomer Larry suggests adding queso, a Tex-Mex favorite, to the menu, infuriating the head of the team.
"We do the whole food with integrity thing," he says. "Queso has to be made with artificial stabilizers to keep its shiny liquid form. Ever heard of all-natural-goopy cheese? Do you think there's a magical cow that squirts queso out of its udders?"
Instead, the marketing team decides to release a mobile game — just as Chipotle did in March.
Despite Chipotle's harsh anti-queso stance, the question of why the chain doesn't sell queso has been one customers have been asking for some time.
Some have even taken their business to competitors such as Qdoba due to Chipotle's lack of queso.
Despite what Chipotle may say, the chain has recently made some changes that go against its prior stances.
One of the chain's core business strategies is to not change the menu — a rule the company is now contemplating breaking, with the possibility of adding chorizo, a pork and chicken blend, to the menu.RELATED: Taco Bell vs. Chipotle
Chipotle had never given away free food before this year. Now, since February, the company has spent millions of dollars on free food, with offers such as direct-mail coupons and mobile offers, to encourage customers to return to its restaurants in the wake of an E. coli outbreak that sent the chain's sales plunging.
Similarly, the chain never had a loyalty program. However, on Monday, Chipotle launched a rewards program tied to how many times customers visit Chipotle each month.
Despite marketing pushes, Chipotle's sales have yet to bounce back, though there have been signs of improvement. The chain's same-store sales dropped 30% in the first quarter of the year.
Perhaps queso is what the chain needs to turn things around. The Tex-Mex favorite is typically made with Velveeta or another goopy "cheese food," to create a delicious dip. Chipotle may not approve, but customers love it.
If the chain can figure out how to crack the puzzle of how to make the delicious dip with all-natural ingredients (onevariousbloggers have been working on for years), it could be a major draw. A strange, bitter anti-queso video, on the other hand, is only going to alienate potential customers.
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