DENVER – Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said Wednesday that it expects to use more than double the amount of local produce this year than it anticipated.

The restaurant operator had a goal of using about 5 million pounds of local produce like bell peppers, oregano and romaine lettuce, but now foresees using more than 10 million pounds at its 1,100 locations.

“Not only is local produce fresher and better tasting, but it also helps support the environment and regional farming communities around the country,” Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO Steve Ells said in a statement.

Chipotle would not say what share of the produce it uses is grown near its restaurants, but the Denver-based chain said it gets locally grown lemons, cilantro and avocados in California and locally grown tomatoes in both Florida and California.

Chipotle also serves naturally raised meat and organically grown beans.