Panera Bread removes food additives from entire menu

Panera Bread Co.'s entire food menu at its restaurants and the Panera at Home products are now free of 96 ingredients and additive classes on the company's " No No List." So if you're a fan of aspartame, caffeine, high fructose corn syrup and brominated vegetable oil, you should find somewhere else to grab a sandwich and a bowl of soup.

Author : Laura Newpoff

The decision to move away from food additives is inline with the company's food policy announced in 2014; it's focused focused on a commitment to "clean" and "simple" ingredients, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.
Covelli Enterprises, the area's Panera franchisee, recently opened the new Panera Tuesday on the campus of Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"At Panera (NASDAQ:PNRA), we want to serve food we want our own families to enjoy. Offering a clean menu free from all artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors from artificial sources is one way we can help our guests feel confident about the food they eat at Panera,” Ron Shaich Panera Bread founder and CEO, said in a statement. “Panera’s clean food is foundational to serving food as it should be.”

Other big restaurant brands are moving away from the artificial stuff, too, including Papa John's and Subway.

Panera has more than two dozen restaurants in Central Ohio, including its newest on the campus of Nationwide Children's Hospital, a franchise of Covelli Enterprises Inc..

Source : Biz Journals