This is good news. Panera Bread is making an impressive move. The chain has promised to remove all artificial ingredients from its menu by 2016. There will be no more artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives in the foods they sell. Additionally, the company is removing trans-fats from its bakery items.

In a press release, Panera’s chief concept officer said, “Panera is on a mission to help fix a broken food system. We have a long journey ahead, but we’re working closely with the nutrition community, industry experts, farmers, suppliers and others to make a difference."

I wonder if that statement means that there will be additional changes in the future like a promise to use only non-GMO foods or source locally when possible.

According to this ABC News report, Panera is already halfway there with the current promise - removing the undesirable ingredients.

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Will this change in Panera’s menu influence whether you’ll eat there or not?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Panera Bread makes a change to clean and simple food
By 2016, all products at Panera Bread will be free from artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives.