Monday, April 3, 2017

Panera makes new beverage line a challenge to the industry


The Panera Bread Co. chain on Wednesday will debut a new line of non-carbonated craft beverages made with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavors or colors from artificial sources.

The St. Louis-based bakery-cafe chain, which has more than a dozen locations in the Greater Capital Region,  says the expanded drinks menu will include new teas, lemonades and frescas, and the venues will post signage listing the calories and added sugar in each beverage..

CEO Ron Shaich, in a letter published in The Washington Post, urged the beverage and restaurant industries to provide increased menu transparency.

“With up to 75 grams of sugar, just one 20-ounce soft drink contains more than the recommended daily amount of added sugar,” Shaich said. “While we won’t tell people what they should drink, we want to provide real options and real transparency, and we’re challenging the industry to join us.”

Panera locations in the area include Latham, North Greenbush, Glenville, Niskyuna, Clifton Park, Colonie, Albany, Glenmont, Amsterdam, Malta, Guilderland (Crossgates Mall), Saratoga Springs and Queensbury.
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