About Panera Bread

Panera Bread

A chain of bakery-caf fast casual restaurants in the United States and Canada. Its headquarters are in Sunset Hills, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and operates as Saint Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area.Offerings include soups, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and bakery items.

Corporate history

The story of St. Louis Bread started in 1987 when the first location was opened in Kirkwood, Missouri. Panera bread is the newer name for St. Louis Bread Company outside of the St. Louis area. In 1993, Au Bon Pain Co. purchased the St. Louis Bread Company, which was founded by Ken Rosenthal in 1987. At the same time, the St. Louis Bread Company was renovating its 20 bakery-cafs in the St. Louis area.

In May 1999, to expand Panera Bread into a national restaurant, Au Bon Pain Co. sold its other chains, including Au Bon Pain, which is now owned by Compass Group North America.Panera Bread moved into it's new headquarters in Richmond Heights, Missouri in 2000.The company operates or franchises 1,800 Panera Bread bakery-cafs in 40 states and 20 facilities that deliver fresh dough to the bakery-cafs every day. Panera Bread's co-CEOs are William Moreton and Ron Shaich.


Panera Bread was the second in its industry to post calorie information voluntarily at all company-owned cafes.Nutritional information is available on Panera Bread’s website for customers to view. The nutrition information provided is based on Panera Bread’s standardized recipes, representative values provided by suppliers, analysis using industry standard software, published resources, and/or testing conducted in accredited laboratories, and are expressed in values based on federal rounding and other applicable regulations.

Menu breakdown

Panera's Bakery-Cafe section includes a wide array of pastries, such as croissants, bagels, cookies, brownies, etc. They also have a menu for this section of the restaurant that promotes items such as hot breakfast sandwiches, artisan breads, and a Panera kids section. Aside from the bakery section, they have a regular menu that is broken down into the following categories:

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Community outreach

Panera Bread created Operation Dough-Nation in 1992 to formalize its commitments to community involvement. The program now has four activities: Community Breadbox cash collection boxes, the Day-End Dough-Nation program, Panera/SCRIP Card fundraising and participation in community events.


In 2003, a lawsuit was filed by a former employee who claimed he was fired after allegedly refusing to carry out discriminatory policies set forth by his superiors.

On January 25, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed against Panera Bread alleging Panera failed to disclose material adverse facts about the company's financial well-being, business relationships, and prospects.Panera settled the lawsuit and agreed to pay $5.75 million to shareholders while admitting no wrongdoing.

Panera Cares

In 2009, the company's non-profit foundation created Panera Cares, a non-profit "Pay what you can" restaurant in its home market of St. Louis. CEO Ron Shaich based the idea on an NBC profile of the SAME Cafe in Denver, Colorado.It has since expanded the concept to Dearborn, Michigan; Portland, Oregon; Chicago; and Bostof Each site serves approximately 3,500 people every week.
Internet access

In 2006 and 2007, Panera was the largest provider of free Wi-Fi in the United States.[41][42] Many locations restrict the duration of free Wi-Fi to 30 or 60 minutes during peak hours.

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