Sandwich chain Panera Bread Co. is now part of an ever more crowded club of companies pledging to remove artificial ingredients from their food.
The St. Louis company Tuesday released a list of additives no longer allowed on its menu, updating a promise made a year ago.
Just in the last few months, PepsiCo Inc., Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., Dunkin' Donuts and Kraft Foods Group Inc. have all said they would eliminate various synthetic ingredients from products. Meanwhile, McDonald's Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. said they would phase out the use of chickens treated with human antibiotics.
The changes are a response to consumers who increasingly look for fresher food and...