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Chipotle Mexican Grill

Workforce

Chipotle could pay $8M under proposed settlement in overtime case

It would be the second such settlement this year for the fast casual, which agreed to pay $15 million in March to a group of workers who said they were wrongfully denied overtime pay.

Technology

Chipotle adds nutrition filters to its app

The move expands on the success of the fast casual’s diet-specific Lifestyle Bowls, whose sales have grown 484% since being introduced in 2019.

The fast casual is taking advantage of a relatively new NCAA policy that allows student athletes to be paid by brands under “name, image and likeness” contracts.

The chain’s new Quesabrisket features a cheese quesadilla stuffed with smoked brisket, a protein that debuted systemwide last week.

The burrito chain continued its strong performance by hitting another 52-week high as restaurant stocks recover from earlier declines.

The rollout follows a 64-unit test of the new protein late last year. The brisket is smoked, charred on the grill and seasoned with smoky peppers and other spices.

The fast casual is creating the Chipotle Creator Class, using TikTok to promote the program, with plans to “redefine the traditionally transactional relationship” between a brand and influencers.

The fast-casual chain, which has done more than $2 billion in digital sales so far this year, launched an expansion of its rewards program Wednesday that offers ways to earn extra points and badges by completing personalized challenges.

Fresh, farm-grown peas are the starting point for the fast casual’s new vegan chorizo option.

The chain is testing the protein at some restaurants in Denver and Indianapolis. It is made with pea protein.

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