St. Louis-based Panera Bread Co. said today that it had removed artificial ingredients from its food menu and Panera at Home products in the United States.
The company had said in August that by the year end it would remove artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and sweeteners from the food served at its 2,000 restaurants.
The additives removed include federally-approved artificial colors, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrite and sodium phosphate.
The company said it had reformulated 122 ingredients, resulting in changes to most of its bakery-cafe recipes. It has also partnered with more than 300 food suppliers to replace ingredients and change preparation methods.
Restaurant chains — including McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc's Pizza Hut — had committed last year to remove artificial preservatives from some of their ingredients and menu items.
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