Last year, Panera Bread made a bold move by proclaiming its commitment to adding more plant-based options. Known as a healthier alternative to traditional fast food, the popular chain’s decision was in line with consumer demand (clearly, people want their plants).
Now, a blueberry pomegranate vegan smoothie is the latest addition to the eatery’s menu. The drink hit stores as of early January, so you can find it now at a Panera near you.
“We want our menu to offer guests a range of options and full transparency so that they can make the right decision for their lifestyle,” Sara Burnett, Panera’s director of wellness and food policy, told Latest Vegan News. “The new Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie with coconut milk is a great option for those following a vegan diet.”
For those interested in ingredients, they are:
Blueberry Pomegranate Fruit And Vegetable Base (Blueberry Puree, Coconut Milk (Water, Coconut Cream, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan), White Grape Juice Concentrate, Banana Puree, Water, Gum Arabic, Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Ground Chia Seeds, Beet Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor), Water, Fresh Blueberries.
The new vegan smoothie joins a lot of other plant-based menu items at Panera, including the low-fat vegetarian black bean soup; the classic cafe salad; the ciabatta bread and more. Other fast food and fast casual chains are also showing an increased interest in vegan and vegetarian items, including Taco Bell, Subway, and Wendy’s.