Panera Bread’s entire U.S. soup menu no longer contains artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives listed on its No No List, the company announced Wednesday. 

Panera hosts 10 core soups on its menu, in addition to seasonal specials like Turkey Chili and Autumn Squash. It sells an estimated 200 million servings of soup each year.

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Panera’s All-Natural Turkey Chili, which is recommended served in a bread bowl, is artificial flavor-free.

Common commercial soup ingredients like hydrolyzed soy and corn protein, maltodextrin and sodium phosphate will no longer be part of the bakery-cafe’s soup ingredient list. The stuff Panera nixed often appears on the ingredient labels of canned soups from Campbell’s and Progresso, two of the most popular soup brands in the U.S. Hydrolyzed soy protein is protein made from soy that’s often chemically altered to produce a stronger flavor. It’s not something you’d find in nature.

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Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup contains sodium phosphates and monosodium glutamate, two ingredients on Panera’s “No-No List.”

Panera has made some other, smaller changes, too, like switching from bleached flour to unbleached wheat flour.

“I want [our customers] to understand and feel confident in the ingredients that go into those soups,” Dan Kish, Panera Bread’s head chef, said in a statement. “We’ve long been advocates of transparency — providing full ingredient information online — and with these new recipes we have even more to be proud of today.”

Cheddar Broccoli, the company’s top-selling soup that accounts for a third of soup sales, starred in a dramatic promotional video teasing the news of clean ingredients on the company’s Facebook page (below) and released the full version on PaneraSoupPreview.com Wednesday.

New clean Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe: no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. #ComingTomorrow

Posted by Panera Bread on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

In 2014, Panera announced it would remove all artificial ingredients from its food by 2016. The company’s resolutions are going strong.

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Just because food is served fast doesnt mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors,”Steve Ells, founder and co-chief executive of Chipotle, told the New York Times. TheMexican restaurant pioneered transparency about ingredients forchain restaurants and big food brands. By April 2015, Chipotlesuccessfully removed all GMOs from its foods, the first chain to do so. The company is currently working to improve its tortillas, with hopes of serving them without the dough conditionersthey currently contain. In June, the chain announced that it will be producing tortillas with just four ingredients: whole wheat flour, water, oil and salt. The tortillas are still in the testing stage, but Chipotle is optimistic.
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Kraft
Kraft’s macaroni and cheese gets its iconic toxic-orange hue from artificial dyes like Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. By 2016, no longer: The boxed noodles will be colored with natural ingredients like paprika, annatto and turmeric. We’ve prepared and tasted a box that’s free of syntheticcolors and preservatives and,in truth, there doesn’t seem to be much of a visual or taste difference between the old and new versions.
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Taco Bell
Along with artificial colors and flavors, Taco Bell will also remove high-fructose corn syrup and palm oilfrom its recipes by the end of 2015. By the end of 2017, it will remove artificial preservatives “where possible,” Quartz reports. These changes will affect more than 95 percent of the menu: Drinks or co-branded products (like Cap’n Crunch Delights, for example) will not be altered. As USA Today reports,”Taco Bell’s avocado ranch dressing and red tortilla chips also will lose dyes that deepened the color of the food. Beef will get a sprinkle of real black pepper, instead of ‘black pepper flavor.’ High-fructose corn syrup and unsustainable palm oil will also be nixed.”
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Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut says it’ll remove artificial flavors and colors from its U.S. pizzas by the end of July 2015.“Today’s consumer more than ever before wants to understand the ingredients that make up the foods that they enjoy,” CEO David Gibbs said in a statement. The chain belongs to Yum! Brands, a company that also owns Taco Bell.
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Subway
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Panera Bread
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Nestle USA
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General Mills
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Campbell Soup Company
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Noodles & Company
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