This year, the company has worked to resolve a pork shortage that began in January after it suspended one of its suppliers for not meeting its animal-welfare standards. About 90 percent of its restaurants currently serve its pork carnitas ingredient. It expects to be fully stocked again in pork in by the end of November.
Throughput count fell by one during the crucial peak lunch hour, the company told analysts on the call. It is working to increase this metric, it noted.
Wage pressure has also hit the company. Hourly wages are up nearly 5 percent over last year, Chipotle said. Much of this increase stemmed from "proactive" moves by the company, which explained it is generally not directly affected by increases in the minimum wage.
The company raised its outlook for new restaurant openings to 215 to 225, up from a previous range of 190 to 205.