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Chipotle Picks Butler, Shine

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NEW YORK Chipotle Mexican Grill has selected independent Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners in Sausalito, Calif., as its lead agency following a review.

Moving forward, the agency will handle traditional and non-traditional assignments, along with in-store communications and media planning and buying.
 
"Chipotle is a passion brand," said Greg Stern, agency CEO. "We're very excited to work with their team to leverage the many ardent Chipotle fans in order to create many, many more -- and to support the company's plans for growth."
 
The Denver-based client began a review following a split late last year with DeVito/Verdi in New York.

Sequence, a San Francisco-based branding consultancy, managed the search. Two weeks ago, Mark Crumpacker, co-founder of Sequence, assumed the title of CMO at the chain. Crumpacker has long-standing ties to Chipotle; he developed the company's original brand identity system in 1993.

The fast-food chain in recent years has spent $7-10 million annually in major measured media, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus.