Panera Adds Two Vegan Broth Bowls, Offers Black Bean Soup Every Day

Following talks with PETA about expanding its vegan offerings, Panera Bread introduced two new vegan broth bowls: the Vegan Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl (organic quinoa and brown rice, lentil blend, tomato sofrito, fresh kale and spinach, with a lemon wheel in an umami soy-miso broth) and the Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Edamame (soba buckwheat noodles, fresh spinach, napa cabbage blend, roasted mushroom and onion blend, fire-roasted edamame blend, sesame seeds, and cilantro in an umami soy-miso broth). In addition, Panera is now offering its Black Bean Soup daily. PETA had pressured the company on its soups after it went a full season without any vegan soup options.

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