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…

New Cafe Is Fifth in the U.S. to Offer Innovative Non-Profit Model Boston, MA  (RestaurantNews.com)  The Panera Bread Foundation opened its fifth non-profit community cafe — called Panera Cares — today in Boston. The cafe opening comes on the heels…

Panera Bread tops of the list of favorite sandwich chains, according to a national study from Market Force, a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions. Panera was voted America’s No. 1 sandwich chain in a restaurant industry survey of more…

New Cafe Is Fourth in the U.S. to Offer Innovative Non-Profit Model Chicago, IL  (RestaurantNews.com)  The Panera Bread Foundation opened its fourth non-profit community cafe — called Panera Cares — today in Chicago. The cafe’s debut in the Windy City…

Opens Third Manhattan Bakery-Cafe With More to Come New York, NY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Continuing its expansion into Manhattan, Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) today announced the opening of its third bakery-cafe in the area. The new bakery-cafe is located on Fifth Avenue…

Restaurant giant Panera Bread made a big business bet eight years ago to offer free Wi-Fi to its customers as a way to boost sales, long before Starbucks. The fresh breads eatery aimed to court customers in between meals. The…

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread has chosen Cramer-Krasselt as its new creative agency following an agency review. “We are very pleased to move forward with Cramer-Krasselt,” said Michael Simon, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Panera Bread. “We…

In just the past few years the Friendly’s food chain has run through several chief executives, gone in and out of bankruptcy, closed more than 100 stores, and still struggled with its dated concept of family dining. So when the…

COO of Panera Bread Brings Deep Experience in Growth of Leading Chain Wilbraham, MA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC, the operator of Friendly’s restaurants and a distributor of ice cream products in leading supermarkets, today announced that John M. Maguire,…

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) announced today that John Maguire has resigned as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective May 31, 2012 to become the Chief Executive Officer of Friendly’s Ice Cream LLC. The…

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Thomas Patrick Kelly Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective April 9, 2012. Mr. Kelly will report to Bill Moreton, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer,…

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) will report its fiscal 2012 first quarter results after the market close on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Company will discuss its fiscal 2012 first quarter results on a call that…

St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) has announced that Founder and Executive Chairman, Ron Shaich, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Moreton, will become co-CEOs, effective immediately. The transition to co-CEOs formalizes a relationship that has…

When Forbes spoke with Ronald Shaich in 2000, it was skeptical about his prospects of successfully taking soup, salad and sandwiches chain Panera Bread Company much farther than its then revenue of $200 million and 262 locations in 28 states.…

The plan went like this: The menus at Panera Cares Café in Dearborn wouldn’t list prices, only suggested donations, and rather than handing money to a clerk, customers would drop their coins and bills into donation bins at the counter.…

Opens in Manhattan With Plans for Four Bakery-Cafes in 2012 St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Today Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) announced the opening of its 1,500th bakery-cafe and its first in Manhattan. The Company’s new location opened today at 330 Seventh…

Panera Bread is celebrating 10 years of fighting breast cancer by baking bagels. This October, the signature Pink Ribbon Bagel will be sold at all of Panera’s bakery-cafes, with a portion of proceeds from bagels sold going to a variety…

Ron Shaich has a reputation for taking on challenges. As the founder and board chairman of the hugely successful Panera Bread Co., with more than 1,450 stores nationwide, Shaich has succeeded in the restaurant business on a scale that is…