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Jul 03

Panera Bakery Cafe Innovates with Tablet Ordering, Using More U.S. Suppliers and Removing Artificial Ingredients by 2016

Big news on the fast food front! Panera is leading the race to remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives out of their food products by 2016.  (1)panera-cuban

Panera is continuing to lead market share with innovative ideas such as tablet ordering and supporting U.S. suppliers

Panera is a national restaurant seemingly in between the fast-food and casual dining atmospheres.  What sets them apart from other similar price-point restaurants is their bakery-café concept which spans across 1,541 company and franchise-operated locations in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada.  (2)

They are also implementing smart tablets to streamline the ordering process for customers resulting in greater efficiencies.  Panera’s customers will also be able to order at their table directly from their mobile phone.  (3)

In addition to Panera removing artificial ingredients they have stated they are also committed to “have a positive impact on the food system, such as by supporting North American suppliers whenever possible.”  (4)

Panera is half-way through removing artificial ingredients

Panera recently stated that they are about halfway through the removal of artificial ingredients.  A few of the lingering challenges are related to their bakery icings and ham.  (1)

Which artificial ingredients to watch on your food labels

It can be really difficult to scope out and monitor every single morsel you and your loved ones eat.  So what if there was a top 3 list for artificial ingredients (similar to The Dirty Dozen) to take some of the stress out of what can be a very overwhelming task?  Well, here they are:  BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) prevents oxidation of food; high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) adds sweetness to food and yellow #5 makes food look more appetizing.  (5)

Use the slow-and-go practice when selecting food

If you are just beginning on your whole foods holistic lifestyle try to keep it simple and remove a few ingredients or add a few new food preparation techniques at a time.  It is this “slow-and-go-practice” which will yield long-term successful results for you and your family.

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  1. Jill

    Thank goodness corporate is finally getting a clue! I will definitely support Panera more now!

    Do you think the way of the future is shifting to less people interaction as we incorporate electronics/machines into every day things like ordering our food? Just wondering.

  2. Joanna Stephens

    I love the soups at Panera! Are they bad for me?

    1. Jen

      Depends on your health needs — if you’re not in the middle of a crisis then an occasional splurge should be just fine.

  3. Patricia houdek

    Love the idea of Panera helping to change the eating habits. I have heard there are many more restaurants following.

    1. Jen

      Me too, it is such great news! Thanks for stopping by ExEv!

  4. Mikko

    Hey Jen,

    What a wonderful write-up. We truly need more conscious businesses paying attention to more important things than money.

    I noticed that you linked to one of my favorite articles ever: 12 Dangerous And Hidden Food Ingredients In Seemingly Healthy Foods. I absolutely love that resource.

    I actually set out to make something similar:

    It’s like 12 Dangerous And Hidden Food Ingredients In Seemingly Healthy Foods, but more up to date and comprehensive. Plus, it includes a beautiful infographic. You may want to consider linking to my article from your page.

    Either way, I’ll see you around at Existential Evolution!

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