In its new commitments to animal welfare, Panera Bread Co. just recently announced that the bakery chain will phase out its relationships with industrial farmings' cruel animal practices—some immediately and others in the years to come.
These practices will include confinement crates for pregnant pigs, battery-cages for hens and antibiotic reduction in various products.
"Our guests deserve to know what's in their food and where it comes from," Panera's director of wellness and food policy, Sara Burnett told Huffington Post.
After the company's announcement on Thursday, Burnett confirmed this was "part of a solution to our broken food system." The St. Louis-based restaurant chain will phase out the use of caged eggs by 2020 with more than one-fifth of the company's hens already cage-free. Panera Bread will continue to use meat from grass-fed, free-range cattle and will stop using various other products that have been pumped with antibiotics.
Panera Bread's new commitment to animal welfare was an ethical choice and one that the chain hopes will influence other similar restaurants.
"If we could look back in five years and feel like we had an influence on other brands to join us, I think that we couldn't be happier," Burnett said. "That's our end goal."