The Missouri-based company, however, will reportedly still use ingredients with controversial GMOs.
Panera has about 15 Massachusetts locations in communities like Burlington, Woburn, Danvers, Needham, Hyannis, Waltham, Wayland, Framingham, Lexington, Newton, Westford, and Watertown.
Panera currently uses artificial additives like coloring for bakery icing, the Associated Press reported. It said it would get rid of them by 2016.
The company said it was committed to achieving the following goals:
- Clean Ingredients: We are advocates for clean food. We’re committed to sourcing and serving high-quality ingredients without artificial additives including added MSG, artificial trans fats, and ingredients we don’t believe need to be in your food.
- Transparent Menu: Our menu is diverse. We’re committed to transparency to empower guests to choose how they want to eat.
- Positive Impact: We are committed to making a positive impact on our food system. We believe guests deserve to know not only what is in their food, but where it comes from and how companies are impacting the food system.
Panera, however, will continue to use foods with GMOs, the AP reported. Chipotle has started labeling foods with GMOs and said it's working to eliminate them from the menu.
Panera will also continue to sell sugary sodas, according to the AP.
In April, Panera said that sales at its stores open at least 18 months increased just 0.1 percent in the first quarter, Reuters reported.