Chipotle Issues Guacamole Warning

Drought conditions in California and climate change are threatening the restaurant chain's avocado supply. Chipotle's annual report says avocados could become cost prohibitive.

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And our last word in business is: Holy Guacamole.

Chipotle goes through a staggering amount of avocados to make its fresh guacamole - 97,000 pounds of avocados every day. That adds up to 35 and a half million pounds of avocados every year.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That's a lot of guac. Well, conditions in California and climate change are threatening that supply. Chipotle's annual report warns investors that long-term changes in global weather could increase the price of avocados so severely they might have to temporarily suspend their guacamole service.

WERTHEIMER: If it's any consolation, that's 170 extra calories you will not have to dither about while you're waiting in line.

And that's the business news from MORNING EDITION on NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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