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Panera Bread Appoints Niren Chaudhary as CEO
Panera Bread ("Panera" or "the Company") today announced that it has appointed Niren Chaudhary as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Blaine Hurst who is retiring from his current role as CEO of Panera effective May 23, 2019. Hurst will remain on the Board of Panera and become Vice Chairman, and will work alongside Chaudhary after he joins the Company in early May to help ensure a smooth transition into his new role.
Chaudhary joins Panera from Krispy Kreme, where he has been the Chief Operating Officer and President of Krispy Kreme International since 2017. Previously Chaudhary spent 23 years with Yum! Brands in a variety of executive positions. He has more than 25 years of international corporate leadership experience in the food retail and hospitality industry, and brings broad experience in...
Panera Bread Takes On Breakfast to Eliminate Trade-Offs Between Morning Convenience And Quality
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; yet mornings can be hectic, and the quickest option isn't always the best quality option. To usher in a new era of breakfast on the go, Panera is refreshing its offerings, focusing on new menu items and an elevated coffee platform to meet the untapped consumer demand for a convenient, yet high-quality, delicious breakfast.
Many of today's fast breakfast options include frozen, microwaved food items that lack flavor or nutritional value; and made-to-order foods can often come with a wait time that impacts the morning commute. Panera's 100% clean breakfast options ...
FCPT Announces Acquisition of Six Restaurant Properties from Brookfield Properties for $7.5 Million
Four Corners Property Trust (NYSE:FCPT) announced the acquisition of six restaurant properties for $7.5 million from Brookfield Properties. The transaction spans five brands, including Texas Roadhouse (2), Applebee's, Olive Garden, Panera Bread and Sonic.
The properties are outparcels to four Brookfield owned malls located in CA (3 outparcels at the same mall), AZ, IL, and MI and are a mix of corporate-operated (3) and franchisee-operated (3) locations. The sites are...
Panera Bread Meets Demand for Better Breakfast On the Go with Breakfast Delivery
First National Restaurant Company to Offer Breakfast Delivery by Its Own Drivers to Office or Home
Whether you prefer early dining at your desk or breakfast in bed, Panera Bread is giving you a new way to kick-start the morning by launching breakfast delivery, starting with 231 cities and towns nationwide. Now, Panera fans who work or live near participating cafes can order a better breakfast on the go that is packed with wholesome ingredients like fresh fruit, 100% clean bacon or brioche rolls baked fresh...
Plain and Simple, some Chains are Offering Clean-Label Menu Items
Restaurant companies, committed to answering their customers’ calls for clean-label items, are taking that request seriously.
In addition to offering more better-for-you menu options that are smaller in size, lower in calories and made with whole grains and lean proteins, some restaurant chains also are removing artificial colors and preservatives from their foods. Here’s a sampling...
Chains Ramp Up Efforts To Create Healthy Kids’ Meals
Families have always enjoyed dining out together at restaurants, and now they’re looking to operators to provide them with more balanced dining choices. To meet that request, chefs and restaurateurs are ramping up efforts to create more better-for-you, great-tasting foods they all will love.
“Many restaurants are working to update their menus so kids are satisfied with the choices available to them," says Jeff Clark, the National Restaurant Association’s director of sustainability and nutrition. "Today, more kids' menus feature foods made from fresh ingredients that are prepared creatively, healthfully, and are a lot of fun to eat.”
Clark adds that restaurateurs know their adult clients want nutritious items for their kids and that they must cater to that demand or risk losing business. To succeed, they, their chefs and suppliers are working on dishes children and their parents can love equally.
The following are four examples of national chains offering better-for-you options on their menus...
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