Chipotle Marketing Plan

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Written Assignment –Chipotle Marketing Plan

International Marketing-BUS 403
February 11, 2015

Introduction: |
Chipotle first opened in Denver in 1993 with a simple idea behind it, “food served fast didn’t have to be “fast-food” experience”, (Chipotle Mexican Grill, 2015). Prior to CEO Steve Ellis opening the restaurant chain, he himself was a chef. Since its creation, Chipotle has become a phenomenon in the restaurant industry and has experienced tremendous growth since it went public in 2006 with over 1,600 restaurants in Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and France, with the majority located in the United States (Chipotle Mexican Grill, 2015).
. The company focus is on using high-quality raw ingredients, (Chipotle Mexican
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Chipotle’s main focus in marketing is in the United States but follows the same model in the international market. It has never been Chipotles intention to “put its stamp on a bunch of restaurants around the world”, but their vision as a company is to change the way people think about and eat fast food, which they feel the “other guys” are not focusing on, (Van Tan, n.d.). With this mindset, Chipotle believes there’s certainly room for them to build that position in other countries as it has been successful in the U.S., (Van Tan, n.d.). In the London market Chipotle followed the same model as in the United States about the brand and its grassroots marketing efforts to the streamlined menu to the assembly line operations, (Van Tan, n.d.). Chipotle executives’ views are that it doesn’t need to be any different going into Europe as it will all be the same. Chipotle is about simplicity, after all, (Van Tan, n.d.). From the start the London store focused on building management potential in its own employees. Management and personnel from the company travelled to London to open and train new Chipotle team members how to do things the Chipotle way, (Van Tan, n.d.). Chipotle strives to promote from within and with 80% of management staff coming from internal sources this is obvious, (Van Tan, n.d.). Developing their own people and moving them to manage other
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