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Panera Bread to remove 150 ingredients from menus

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Staff writer ▼ | May 6, 2015
Panera Bread made a list of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives that it has eliminated or intends to remove from its U.S. Panera Bread and St. Louis Bread Co. bakery-cafe food menus by the end of 2016.
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Health   Artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives
Panera is the first national restaurant company in the U.S. to publically share a comprehensive list of ingredients that will be removed from or never appear in its menu items.

The artificial additives on the No No List will be removed across the Company's food menu, from bakery to soups to salads and sandwiches. The list also includes substances like high fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats. There are more than 150 ingredients that will be impacted.

Panera bakery-cafes nationwide will now offer new "clean" salad dressings that are made without artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors and preservatives. And, many Panera salads, including the Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad and the new Kale Caesar, are made entirely without these artificial additives.

To date, approximately 85 percent of the ingredients on Panera's bakery-cafe food menu are in test or have rolled out nationally without these artificial additives. Reworked items will continue to roll out steadily in advance of Panera's 2016 deadline.