Panera debuts plant-based menu

New specialty diet menus also include protein-rich and nutrient-packed items

 

Ron Ruggless, Nation's Restaurant News

Jul 13, 2017

 

Panera Bread Co. has added specialty diet items to its in-house and digital menus, the company said Thursday.

 

The St. Louis-based bakery-café chain said the new menus make it easier for guests to customize items to their dietary needs and preferences, such as plant-based, high protein and other nutritional categories.

 

The items were created by registered dietitians and are given more flexibility on Panera’s digital-ordering platforms, the company said.

 

“The new, curated menus take the guesswork out of our menu for a guest with specific taste or dietary preferences, making it faster and easier for them to enjoy our food,” said Ron Shaich, Panera founder, chairman and CEO, in a statement.

 

Three categories of curated items are being introduced:

 

• A plant-based menu is aimed at vegetarians and vegans, and offers such ingredients as almonds, quinoa, romaine, arugula, avocado, citrus and blueberries. It also offers a new Ancient Grain Greek Salad created by Frances Largeman-Roth, a registered dietitian nutritionist.

 

• A protein-rich menu...

 

• A nutrient-packed menu...

 

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