Panera Bread Co., a company based in the St. Louis area, said it would remove all artificial additives and preservatives from its recipes by 2016. The policy is intended to chart a continued course for the company to provide healthier and more sustainably produced food at its 1,800 restaurants, Panera said. In 2006, Panera voluntarily decided to remove artificial trans fats from all menu items; currently, only one item still contains these trans fats. The company also decided to voluntarily display calorie counts for its dishes on the menu in 2010. The policy statement said the company was committing to changing America’s food system.