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Chipotle launches first vegan protein item

Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle has introduced its first ever vegan protein item to its menu, available at all six of its London sites from 30 July.

The new slow-cooked, braised tofu (sofritas) is made with onions, garlic, cumin and paprika, all simmered in chopped tomatoes with oregano. The vegan braised tofu will be available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads and can be customised according to diner’s preferences.

The Vegan Boost, priced at £7, is a gluten free salad which features braised tofu, black beans, tomato salsa and romaine lettuce and is 305 calories.

Jacob Sumner, operations director, Chipotle in Europe, said: “We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food. Braised tofu is a very different menu item not just for Chipotle, but for any fast food or fast casual restaurant.

“It was really conceived with vegetarians and vegans in mind, but it’s so delicious that we believe it will have a broad appeal on taste alone. We are proud to be able to serve those looking to avoid meat, or lower their meat intake, with a substantial protein alternative.”

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