Popular fast-casual chain Panera Bread is jumping on the plant-based bandwagon. The eatery, known for its healthier alternatives to typical fast food, has announced that it’s rolling out more veg-friendly options, in addition to committing to adopting animal welfare initiatives such as switching to cage-free eggs by 2020.
“We know that guests are increasingly seeking plant-based proteins for personal health reasons and/or to reduce their environmental impact,” said Sara Burnett, Panera’s director of wellness and food policy, in a press release. “To that end, we have been adding plant-based proteins like edamame and organic quinoa to our pantry of ingredients.”
The company’s commitment to cage-free eggs is in line with its long-term efforts to improve animal welfare, the company’s Founder and CEO, Ron Shiach, told FoxBusiness.com. “For more than a decade, we’ve been working to reduce antibiotic use and confinement across our supply chain,” he said.
These menu changes are the latest in a series of similar moves by mainstream chains. COK has been working with food purveyors for years to get them to reduce or eliminate animal ingredients, and one by one, major brands are getting on board.
Thanks to COK’s campaign, 1,000+ Subways now offer vegan options, including the Black Bean and Malibu Garden subs. Also notable in recent months, White Castle added a veggie burger to its menu, Chipotle rolled out vegan “sofritas,” Wendy’s launched a black bean burger, and Taco Bell recently released a Vegetarian-Certified menu with 26 vegan ingredient options.
And, in response to a campaign by COK and Jane Velez-Mitchell, Starbucks has confirmed that it’s working on testing several vegan food options.
With major companies and restaurants getting on board, eating veg is easier than ever!