- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Chipotle is assuring consumers that “the sky is not falling” after reports that the fast-food Mexican restaurant may stop serving guacamole due to global warming.

“This is nothing more than routine risk factor disclosure. The sky is not falling,” Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said in an emailed statement. “I wouldn’t read too much into this.”

Chipotle’s regulatory filing last month with the Securities and Exchange Commission first caught the attention of ThinkProgress.org:

“Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients … we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients.”

Public companies must periodically disclose their “risk factors” about everything from labor and management issues to regulations and competition, ABC News reported.

Weather or climate can impact the supply of Chipotle’s fresh ingredients so the company is required to disclose those issues to the public.