Panera Cuts Back on Added Sugars in New Line of Craft Drinks

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The new beverages will start rolling out at select Panera locations on April 5, with a nationwide launch in September

The restaurant chain says it wants to provide more healthy options for consumers.

This month, Panera will launch new teas, lemonades, and frescas made with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or artificial flavors or colors. The debut of these newest menu items also comes with the announcement that the restaurant chain is the first national company to post added sugars and calories for all self-serve beverages, according to the press release.

“We believe people deserve to know exactly what’s in their drink so they can make the best choice for their lifestyle,” Sara Burnett, director of wellness for Panera Bread, said in a statement. “We know more and more guests are looking to reduce their added sugar consumption, and we’re providing an increased number of real, clean options with our new teas, lemonades, and frescas.”

The new flavors with zero grams of added sugar include the Iced Black Tea, Plum Ginger Hibiscus Tea, and Prickly Pear Hibiscus Fresca. The Passion Papaya Green Tea, Blood Orange Lemonade, and Agave Lemonade all contain less than 35 grams of sugar per 20-ounce cup.


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