Panera Bread is expanding quickly across North America,operating 1,541 company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes in 40 states and in Ontario, Canada as of December 27, 2011, under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.® and Paradise Bakery & Café® names.
With the single goal of making great bread broadly available to consumers across America, Panera Bread freshly bakes more bread each day than any bakery-cafe concept in the country. Every day, at every location, trained bakers craft and bake each loaf from scratch, using the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality breads. Panera Bread bakery-cafes showcase the art and craft of bread making, helping customers truly appreciate and enjoy a great loaf of bread by studying its crust, crumb and craft. Panera Bread understands that great bread makes great meals, from made-to-order sandwiches to tossed-to-order salads and soup served in bread bowls.
Panera Bread is widely recognized for driving the nationwide trend for specialty breads. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Panera Bread scored the highest level of customer loyalty among quick-casual restaurants, according to research conducted by TNS Intersearch. For the eighth consecutive year, customers rated Panera Bread tops among chain restaurants in the 2009 Sandleman & Associates Quick-Track® "Awards of Excellence." Additionally, Panera Bread was awarded #1 ranking for Best Salads and Top Rated Facilities (for chain restaurants with less than 5,000 outlets) by Zagat, the trusted restaurant review service, in its annual consumer-generated 2011 Fast-Food Survey. Panera Bread was also named to BusinessWeek’s 2010 list of top 25 “Customer Service Champs,” to FORTUNE magazine’s 2010 list of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies, and has also won Awards and Recognition in nearly every market it resides. Most recently, Panera Bread was named Casual Dining Brand of the Year in the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend®. – less