Panda Express Announces New Brand Commitments To Continue Menu Elevation Journey

The American Chinese Restaurant’s ‘Panda Promise™’ unveils five-year roadmap in partnership with Nutrition Experts

ROSEMEAD, California (March 3, 2020) – Panda Express marks a milestone today on its continuous journey to elevate its signature recipes and bring fresh thinking and delicious food to guests. Driven by its mission to inspire better lives, the restaurant announced its behind-the-wok efforts curated over the last decade and shared its timeline for recipe elevation over the next five years. Just in time for National Nutrition Month, the company revealed plans to implement menu changes including new ingredient introduction, sodium and sugar reduction, as well as the elimination of artificial flavors and colors, among other initiatives—all developed in partnership with trusted industry experts. Appealing to a variety of tastes and preferences, Panda Express believes in real food that tastes good and feels good for the body and soul.

As the pioneer of American Chinese cuisine, Panda Express remains committed to delivering delicious food with integrity and offers freshly prepared choices without sacrificing flavor. Now, the brand is making the Panda Promise™: a menu evolution inspired by what today’s diners are looking for, designed to continuously advance their beloved menu of flavor mashups that bring together innovation, quality and comfort in unique executions only found at Panda Express. From veggie-packed entrees to savory sides, Panda Express consistently rewards guests day-in and day-out with thoughtfully crafted choices for their mood and lifestyle.

“So many of our guests tell us that they don’t want to choose between food with flavor and food that fits healthy-ish and busy lifestyles,” said Andrea Cherng, Chief Marketing Officer at Panda Express. “Over the last several years, our culinary team has made progressive changes to our recipes so that we can offer a variety of dishes that taste and feel good. There is more work to be done to bring our pledge to life but with time we are confident in the positive changes that we will make.”

Panda Express’ ongoing commitment is evidenced by past and ongoing efforts including:

  • Fresh vegetables from whole to cut, hand-chopped and wok-tossed for the entrees
  • Ongoing reduction of sodium in menu items over the last five years
  • Introduction of raised without antibiotics chicken for all limited time offers (debuted with Sichuan Hot Chicken in July 2019)
  • Introduction of cage-free eggs in 2020, with nationwide adoption in 2025
  • Protein-filled and low-calorie entrees with at least eight grams of protein and 300 calories or less, making up over half of the menu

To put its intentions into action, Panda Express worked through the process with industry experts, including Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Amy Gorin, who provided valuable industry and consumer insights as well as recommendations for each initiative.

“As a fan of Panda Express, I’m proud both on a professional and personal level to advance the vision and commitments the restaurant brand has embarked on,” said Amy Gorin, MS, RDN. “We’re seeing an uptick in conscious consumption from consumers, especially with Millennials and Gen Z, even when it comes to the fast-casual space. It’s rewarding to see brands like Panda Express prioritizing their guests’ evolving needs as quality eating continues to be top of mind for families nationwide.”

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