Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–café quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Panera Cutting Artificial Flavors

Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and sweeteners will soon be gone from Panera Bread’s menu. The chain announced this week that it will remove them by the end of the year. Plans have been underway since 2012, which have already meant the end for many ingredients, including sucralose, an artificial sweetener, and titanium dioxide, often used to whiten mozzarella cheese.

Consumers “know they should be eating better, but they’re not always sure how to do that,” said Ron Shaich, Panera’s chief executive officer, in the Wall Street Journal. “What we’re trying to do is give people a simple, easy, Good Housekeeping seal of approval kind of approach to it.”

Other food companies, including Nestle and Chipotle, have announced similar decisions.

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