Panera plans to slash meat from half of its menu in response to climate change

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Panera plans to have at least half of its menu be made up of plant-based offerings, CEO Niren Chaudhary told Business Insider. 
The shift is being driven by customers who are attempting to eat less meat, due to concerns tied to animal welfare, nutrition, and climate change. 
“Consumers are more and more knowledgeable,” about climate change, said Panera’s vice president of wellness and food policy Sara Burnett. “I think in an earlier phase than plant-based, but I think that that’s actually going to become a bigger motivation for consumers over time.” 
Currently, 25% of Panera’s menu items is meat-free. 
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Panera wants half of its menu to be plant-based, as customers ditch meat and climate change molds strategy. 

CEO Niren Chaudhary told Business Insider that, over the next several years, Panera plans to have at least 50% of its menu be made up of plant-based offerings. Chaudhary said the company plans to have plant-based innovation in every category in 2021. See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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