The soup-and-sandwich spot is making big changes

David Cooper

Panera announced that it will remove all artificial ingredients—colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives—from its dishes by 2016.

Among the additives that will be dumped from these Panera foods:

• Deli smoked turkey: potassium lactate, sodium phosphate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite and sodium diacetate.

• Horseradish:calcium disodium EDTA.

• Citrus Pepper Chicken: maltodextrin, potassium lactate.

• Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus: ascorbic acid and tocopherol, tara gum, carrageenan, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate.

• Summer corn chowder: tapioca Dextrin, modified corn starch, autolyzed yeast extract, maltodextrin, coconut oil derived from triglycerides, artificial flavors.

• Roast beef: caramel color.

"I want to serve food that I want to eat," says Ron Shaich, founder and CEO of Panera, in a USA TODAY interview. The 1,800-store chain was among the first 10 years ago to restrict its chicken to those raised without antibiotics, and among the first to voluntarily post calorie counts on its menu board.
There are also reports that the restaurant wants to replace cashiers with robots.