05-7-2024, 8:56 PM

Panera is pulling Charged Lemonade, which has been the subject of several claims for wrongful death

Panera Bread is removing Charged Lemonade from its menu, the caffeinated drink that has led to several lawsuits and created negative publicity for the company.

In recent months, Panera has been embroiled in at least three legal actions regarding its controversial beverages, with allegations that the high caffeine content in Charged Lemonade contributed to the deaths of two customers and caused irreversible health issues in another.

A spokesperson for Panera announced on Tuesday that the decision to discontinue Charged Lemonade nationwide follows a "recent menu transformation."

“We listened to more than 30,000 guests about what they wanted from Panera, and are focusing next on the broad array of beverages we know our guests desire — ranging from exciting, on-trend flavors, to low sugar and low-caffeine options,” the spokesperson said.

Previously marketed as "Plant-based and Clean with as much caffeine as our Dark Roast coffee," Panera's Charged Lemonade contained 390 milligrams of caffeine in a large, 30-fluid-ounce serving, surpassing the caffeine content of any size of Panera's dark roast coffee when served without ice, as cited in the lawsuits.

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