True to their word, Panera Bread now has a menu that is totally free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors, and flavors.

With the elimination of over 150 ingredients, the new menu is part of an on-going process spanning the last few years that began by providing food with reduced calories, chicken free of antibiotics, and the removal of nitrates from luncheon meats in both their restaurant and grocery store foods.

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In 2010, Panera Bread became the leader and first national restaurant chain to post calorie counts on menus. By the end of 2016, Panera had reached their goal of “no artificial” by changing recipes and eliminating 122 ingredients including FD&C colors, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrate, sodium phosphate, and other words you can’t – or shouldn’t – pronounce in order to provide a completely “clean” menu.

Ron Shaich — founder, chairman and CEO of Panera — says one of the company’s basic commitments is to “actually be part of fixing a broken food system in this country.”

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