The company introduced its food policy in June, and part of that policy is being transparent and making a positive impact on the food system.
Panera owns 1,845 bakery-cafes in 45 states and in Ontario, Canada that operate under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. or Paradise Bakery & Cafe names.
“For years, Panera has been working closely with farmers, ranchers and experts, to learn how we can tangibly improve conditions for the farm animals in our supply chain. We’ve intentionally reduced or eliminated the use of antibiotics and confinement because we believe those are among the most critical animal welfare issues we can impact,” said Blaine Hurst, executive vice president and chief transformation and growth officer for the company.
World Animal Protection (WAP) hailed Panera’s commitment to improving animal welfare. The nonprofit provided Panera with expertise on improving animal welfare standards: “These comprehensive moves by Panera Bread set a strong example for businesses around the world,” Kara Mergl, World Animal Protection’s U.S. manager of corporate engagement, said in a statement. “Panera’s increasing use of more humane animal housing systems shows that kinder farming isn’t just possible, but crucial. We applaud the positive impact Panera’s progress will have on the lives of so many animals.”
Plus, the pigs are fed a vegetarian diet. By January 2015, Panera intends for its entire pork supply chain to meet those standards.
Panera made progress in 2014 across its supply chain, including beef cattle, laying hens and poultry:
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