Panera Rolls into the Pizza Category with Launch of Three New Flatbread Pizzas

Pizza Leverages Panera’s Extensive Pantry of High-Quality Ingredients Coupled with Convenience Driven Through Digital Technology St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Today, Panera announces the launch of Flatbread Pizza – a new menu category from Panera, rolling out nationwide this week. With…
Panera Hires Lauren Cody as Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Officer

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Today, Panera Bread announces the appointment of Lauren Cody as Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Officer. A dynamic leader with global experience, Cody comes to the brand with more than two decades of experience in…
Industry Veteran Debbie Roberts Joins Panera As Chief Operations Officer

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Today, Panera Bread announces the appointment of Debbie Roberts as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer effective September 8. A well-known restaurant industry leader, Roberts brings nearly 30 years of restaurant experience and will be…
Panera Announces Launch of Panera Grocery

New Service Offers Clean, Fresh Grocery Items Delivered From Our Pantry to Yours St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Now more than ever, Panera wants to help make good eating – and clean food – accessible to all. Today, Panera announced the…
Back And Breader Than Ever – Panera Takes The Double Bread Bowl Nationwide

Beginning on Valentine’s Day, Double Bread Bowls Available for a Limited Time Including Delivery St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Just in time for Valentine’s Day—because what’s more romantic than sharing soup? — Panera Bread is officially launching Double Bread Bowls across…
Panera Bread to Acquire Au Bon Pain

Panera Bread has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Au Bon Pain Holding Co. Inc., parent company of Au Bon Pain. The Boston-based bakery-cafe chain has 304 units worldwide, and will be part of Panera’s initiative to intensify growth…
Panera Bread to Be Acquired in $7.5 Billion Deal

Panera Bread and JAB have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which JAB will acquire Panera for $315 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $7.5 billion, including the assumption of approximately $340 million of net…
Panera Bread Menu is Now 100% Clean

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA) has announced that its entire U.S. food menu and portfolio of Panera at Home products are now free from all artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and colors from artificial sources as defined by the…
Panera Bread Appoints Blaine Hurst President

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ:PNRA) has named company veteran Blaine Hurst President effective Monday, December 12, 2016, following the resignation of Drew Madsen for personal reasons. Hurst has been with Panera since 2010 and has held a…
Covelli Enterprises Acquires Twenty One Additional Panera Bread Cafes in Cincinnati

Acquisition Gives Company Over 300 Bakery-Cafes Warren, OH  (RestaurantNews.com)  Ohio headquartered Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, announced today the acquisition of an additional 21 bakery-cafe locations in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. The acquisition gives Covelli over 300…
Panera Bread Issues 2014 Responsibility Report

Company Shares Strategic Vision for Delivering on Promise of ‘Food as it Should be’ St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Today, Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA) unveiled its first Responsibility Report to update guests, associates and other stakeholders on the Company’s strategic vision for…
Panera Bread Announces Progress On A Number Of Key Value Enhancing Initiatives

HIGHLIGHTS Increases share repurchase authorization to $750 million Authorizes $500 million of new debt to repurchase shares Signs letters of intent to sell and refranchise 73 Company-owned cafes St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) (“Panera” or the…
Panera Announces 100% Franchisee Commitment to Panera 2.0

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Today, Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) is pleased to announce that 100% of its franchisees have committed to the eCommerce platform that will serve as the backbone for Panera 2.0. This commitment involves payment of capital contributions to…
Panera Bread Issues Comprehensive Food Policy

Intends to Remove Artificial Additives From Bakery-Cafe Food Menu by End of 2016 St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Today, Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) shared a comprehensive set of commitments around food. The Food Policy, which is a formal articulation of Panera’s…
Panera Bread Reveals Test Bakery

Demonstrates Continued Investment in Baking Innovation St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA), the restaurant founded on a commitment to fresh baked bread, is announcing a new test bakery facility. At the bakery in New Haven, CT, the…
Panera Unveils Panera 2.0

Enhanced “To Go” and Improved “Eat In” Options Enabled by Technology and Powered by Operational Excellence St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) unveiled Panera 2.0 — a series of integrated technologies to enhance the guest experience for all…
John Maguire has a plan to save Friendly’s

One afternoon in summer 2012, the new CEO of Friendly’s Ice Cream, John Maguire, got a call from the company’s longtime public relations chief, Maura Tobias. The Today show was going to do a story, Tobias said, and it wasn’t…
Panera Suspends Latest Pay-What-You-Can Experiment

Panera Bread’s latest pay-what-you-can experiment will be retooled and brought back next winter as a seasonal offering rather than a permanent one, the chain’s founder says. The Meal of Shared Responsibility was pulled Wednesday. Since late March, Panera had offered…
How a Restaurant With No Cash Registers and No Prices Makes Money

A Panera Cares Café looks just like any one of the other 1600 Panera locations around the United States: the same striped awnings, the same comfortable booths, the same ridiculously tasty Cobblestone Rolls that will add ten pounds if you…
Panera Bread Co-CEO Bill Moreton to Transition to Executive Vice Chairman

Intends to Remain Actively Involved in Management of Company; Co-CEO Ron Shaich to Become Sole CEO Again Effective August 1, 2013 St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) has announced that President and Co-CEO Bill Moreton will transition…