U.S. restaurant chain Panera Bread plans to use 100 percent antibiotic-free chicken and pork throughout its network in 2015. The company’s goal is part of its Food Policy launched earlier this year, which aims to improve the welfare of poultry and livestock in its supply chain.
The company has already eliminated antibiotics in its chicken. Meanwhile, in 2014, Panera said 91 percent of its pork supply received no antibiotics ever and was sourced from farms where pregnant sows are able to roam freely in group housing. The pigs were also fed a vegetarian-only diet.
By January 2015, Panera intends for its entire pork supply—approximately 8 million pounds—to meet or exceed these standards.
The company operates 1,845 bakery-cafes in 45 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Café names.
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