Yes, but in this case all too often the price increase becomes permanent as they condition us for permanently higher prices for the same product.
I'd like to see a company like this eat some profit to maintain prices until the temporary production costs go back down again. That's the real problem is that they use these temporary shortages/production cost increases as a permanent means to increase profit margins. All the while, they're not often passing off an increase in profit to their employees or even innovating with that money. Nope, they're giving investors more of it instead of turning it back into their business operations.
OP do you watch Continuum? That show would make your blood boil. Fantastic show nonetheless.
Up front, most consumers may not even notice the price hikes because they're so small. But their capacity to spend will get squeezed.
And ultimately, without a jump in hiring or wages, this could all backfire on corporate America in the form of crumbling sales and collapsing profits.
Realistically, chipotle is probably better than 80% of the mom/pop joints out there but will never reach to the levels of the last 20%.
Chipotle sucks. I can get much larger, better tasting burritos for less money at a couple of local chains. Chipotle is so bland.