Panera Bread Unveils Its Summer Offerings

Panera Bread Unveils Its Summer Offerings

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Panera Bread, the cult favorite (but rapidly expanding) chain specializing in soups, salads, and sandwiches, has unveiled its newest lineup of offerings that will be rolled out at all of its locations soon. The most notable is a shrimp salad sandwich, and there’s also a chilled shrimp and soba noodle salad that’s sure to be a top seller.

Here’s the full lineup. Some items are seeing their first time on the menu, while others are returning favorites.

Shrimp Salad Roll (new): Shrimp salad made with lemon tarragon mayo, accompanied by leaf lettuce, avocado, chopped basil, and Old Bay seasoning on a New England roll.

Chilled Shrimp & Soba Noodle Salad (new): Organic soba noodles, Napa cabbage blend, peanut orange sauce, baby spinach, and orange miso dressing, topped with white shrimp and sesame seeds.

Parmiago Pizza Bagel (new): Made with sun-dried tomatoes and an Italian herb blend, topped with Parmesan and asiago cheeses.

Peach Pecan Crunch Muffin: A reduced-fat vanilla muffin with cinnamon and peach chunks, topped with maple butter pecan granola.

Vegetarian Summer Corn Chowder: Roasted corn, skin-on red potatoes, onions, and tomatoes simmered with sweet cream, poblano peppers, and fresh cilantro.

Fresh Fruit Pastry: Bow-shaped pastry filled with pastry cream and topped with seasonal fruits (fresh strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple).

Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Summer Blueberries and Granola: Organic steel-cut oats with cinnamon crunch topping, fresh blueberries, and maple butter pecan granola.

Strawberry Poppy Seed & Chicken Salad: All-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, romaine lettuce, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh pineapple, Mandarin oranges, pecans, and fat-free poppy seed dressing.

Panera Bread gluten-free menu

Panera Bread might not seem like the best place to go for a gluten-free meal, especially because they do not offer any gluten-free bread. However, they actually have a good amount of gluten-free options on the rest of their menu including soups, salads, and some other snacks.

They do say that due to the amount of gluten-containing foods that they prepare, cross-contamination can be a risk with pretty much everything and it might not be a good place if you have celiac disease or are highly sensitive to gluten. But for those just looking to avoid gluten in their diet, Panera Bread might be a good place to go for a snack or light meal.

Panera plans major menu changes in 2021 and beyond

The plant-based movement is making major strides in 2020 and while many restaurant chains are starting to offer meat-like substitutes (we're looking at you, Impossible Whopper), Panera Bread is pledging to make 50% of its menu vegan or vegetarian friendly over the next several years.

But you won't be finding Beyond Meat or Impossible pork on the fast-casual chain's menu.

To achieve its goal of offering more items made without meat, Panera is planning to incorporate more plant-based whole foods (i.e. foods that have not been processed or significantly altered from their natural state) including quinoa and edamame. By 2021, the chain says it will have at least one plant-based option in each of its six menu categories.

“To keep up with our guest’s interest in plant-based options, Panera plans to increase its plant-based mix of entrees from the current 25% to at least 50% over the next several years,” Sara Burnett, Panera's vice president of wellness and food policy, told TODAY Food via email.

If you're a fan of the chain's popular broccoli-cheddar soup, don't worry. Burnett says the plan is to add more items, not get rid of mainstays.

She added, "As we add more plants to our menu, we will continue to offer responsibly raised, lean animal proteins on our menu so guests can eat the way they want."

It doesn't have 3 cameras, but it does have 3 whole grains. pic.twitter.com/gzMig4BKFo

— Panera Bread (@panerabread) September 10, 2019

"It’s more about better for you, and better for the world, and better for the environment, and better for animals," Panera CEO Niren Chaudhary told Business Insider. "I think consumers are recognizing that — mostly the younger consumers, they feel more accountable for that."

To boost its plant-based offerings year-round, the chain will also be extending some of its limited-edition menu items.

“One example this January is we chose to keep our Autumn Squash Bisque, a customer favorite, on the menu for the winter season. It normally is only offered September through December,” Burnett explained, adding that some locations may test new products before they're rolled out nationwide.


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Panera has been touting its versatile menu swaps geared toward different diets for years. For example, any protein on a salad or sandwich can be swapped with a serving of avocado.

Panera currently operates over 2,300 locations in 43 states.

Aly Walansky is a New York City-based food and lifestyle writer with nearly two decades of writing experience for various digital publications. She's focused on the latest in dining trends and budget meal-planning tips.

Panera Added 4 New Items to Their Summer Menu & They’re All Under $10

We’re a mere few sips into our first cup of coffee, and we’re *already* dreaming about our lunch break. And we have Panera‘s new summer menu to thank for it.

Panera‘s been busy this summer tweaking and improving its menu with one returning favorite (welcome back, BBQ Chicken Salad) and a handful of brand-spankin’-new items, including a new breakfast wrap and three new indulgent sandwiches &mdash all priced under $10.

Starting today, Panera‘s introducing the Bacon, Scrambled Egg & Tomato Wrap ($4.99), stuffed with grape tomatoes, emerald greens, Vermont white cheddar and mustard horseradish sauce.

The three new sandwiches include the toasted Smokehouse BBQ Chicken Sandwich ($7.99), smoked, pulled chicken (raised without antibiotics, of course) tossed with apple cider vinegar BBQ sauce and complemented by red onions, Vermont white cheddar and frizzled onions sandwiched between two slices of Classic White…

… the Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich ($9.39), seared chicken thighs tossed in teriyaki sauce and combined with pickled red onions, diced cucumbers, emerald greens, fresh cilantro, and mayo on Artisan Ciabatta…

… and the Chipotle Bacon Melt ($7.99), a gloriously cheesy sammie featuring bacon, smoked Gouda, and American cheese, on Classic White slathered with chipotle mayo.

As for the returning favorite, the BBQ Chicken Salad ($9.59) tosses that same chicken raised without antibiotic romaine in a bowl full of black beans, corn salsa, and frizzled onions, tossed in BBQ ranch dressing and drizzled with apple cider vinegar BBQ sauce.

Panera’s summer menu makeover doesn’t end there, either.

Panera’s also launching its Panera Duets combo special at select cafes. When you order the Panera Duets combo, you can choose from four different pairings starting at the low, low price of $5.99. Combos include half-sized portions of Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, Tuna and Ten Vegetable Soup, Greek Salad and Tomato Soup, and Chicken Caesar and Chicken Noodle Soup. And, no no mix-and-matching allowed!

Now are you hungry? We thought so. Panera’s new menu items are available in cafés nationwide. And while the Panera Duet signage won’t hit cafés until September, don’t worry you can still ask the cashier for it or order online.

In search of summer recipes, too? Giada De Laurentiis has plenty:

Panera Vegetable Soup

Can we just all agree that soup heals the body and the soul? I feel like soup when I'm sick or even when I'm having a bad day. Soup heals all, right? I eat soup all year long…it doesn't matter how hot it is. I think the craving for soup when I'm sick comes from my childhood, probably yours too right? My mom would make us a good chicken and rice soup when we were sick.

I have been dealing with some crazy health issues for the last few months. I wrote a little bit about it when I shared these chicken wings. I ended up not having an upper endoscopy but a bronchoscopy because a CT scan showed a lot of pneumonia going on in my lungs. And then 6 weeks ago, I ended up in the hospital.

I have a huge appreciation for nurses, nurses who go above and beyond every day. And I have a greater appreciation for what it's like to be a patient in a hospital. This was my first time in the hospital and my first time in an ER. You don't know how it is until you experience it, it's one of those things and until you understand how to navigate pushing the button to get the nurses' attention, asking for medications including pain medications.

When I was in the hospital, they told me it would take a full two months before I would get a definitive answer on what I have…on what was causing my persistent cough and trouble breathing. And now, we're almost six weeks in and the medications they gave me are working. Thank goodness for that. Sorry for being cagey about what I have…I will probably share once I get word they are 100% sure.

When Curtis took me home from the hospital after my bronchoscopy procedure, he went to Panera to pick up soup and sourdough rolls for me. He came home with a cup of of their Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto. Besides their broccoli cheddar soup, their garden vegetable soup is one of my favorites!

It has so much flavor and and it's so soothing! I have been wanting to make a homemade or copycat version at home for some time now!

Imagine how excited I was when I made this vegetable soup and it tasted sooo good!

There's a lot of chopping involved but it's worth it.

I cut the cauliflower up into tiny pieces.

And I was so happy to find wax beans at my grocery store. You can use green beans if you can't find them though.

The zucchini and the tomatoes are my favorite parts of this soup!

Cook the barley with vegetable broth first and then set aside. This takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to watch this because the broth evaporates!

Then, cook the red pepper and onions in olive oil.

Add garlic and continue to cook.

Then, add cauliflower, wax beans and chickpeas. Chickpeas are one thing I added that are not in the Panera vegetable soup. I decided to add them when developing this soup and loved the texture it adds to the soup. You can omit them if you would like.

Next add tomatoes, remaining vegetable broth and water.

And then, bring the soup to a boil. Once it boils, reduce to a simmer and cook for at least 15 minutes.

Add the cooked barley, swiss chard and the zucchini. Cook for a few more minutes.

Serve the soup with a scoop of pesto. This is totally optional. (You can use store bought or homemade pesto, here's my favorite recipe.) My friend, who used to work at Panera, told me that people often requested the soup without the pesto. Even better, the soup is vegan if you omit the pesto.

So there's my version of the Panera vegetable soup. It is so comforting but it's not heavy. It's so perfect for when you want soup even though the weather is warm. And perfect even when the weather is cold.

I love freezing soup…I froze a bunch for when the craving sets in, I just reheat and I have a meal all ready to go!

Panera is Offering Free Unlimited Coffee All Summer

Panera Monday announced #FREECOFFEE4SUMMER. Anyone signed up for the MyPanera+Coffee subscription will enjoy free, unlimited premium hot coffee, hot tea and iced coffee until Labor Day. Sign-ups started Monday, and will be open until July 4.

Guests can get any size, any flavor once every two hours with unlimited refills in the bakery-cafe. Panera's drip and iced coffee offerings include two coffee blends—Light Roast and Dark Roast, freshly ground every day and made from 100 percent Arabica whole beans. Both coffee blends are available, along with Decaf and Hazelnut, as part of the coffee subscription program.

"We asked America if they wanted it, and the answer was a resounding yes—so we're excited to kick off a summer of free, unlimited premium coffee for our guests through Labor Day," says Eduardo Luz, chief brand & concept officer for Panera, who was recently brought in along with a host of other hires. "This is our way of sharing the famous Panera Warmth in a new way, as we may be all celebrating summer a little differently this year."

Panera shook up the game for coffee and tea drinkers earlier in March when it launched the MyPanera+ unlimited coffee subscription, aimed at eliminating the price barrier for many coffee drinkers. Then, it cost $8.99. The chain said Monday it will pause renewal payments for current subscribers through Labor Day. For new sign-ups, there's no cost through Labor Day.

Panera was the first national restaurant company to offer an unlimited subscription for high-quality hot drip coffee, iced coffee, and hot tea, it said in late February.

When the 2,200-unit first piloted its coffee subscription at 150 restaurants for more than three months, CEO Niren Chaudhary told QSR Panera saw frequency jump by more than 200 percent for customers after they signed up compared to before. It was trading a high-margin item for frequency.

Also, Panera witnessed a 70 percent increase in food attachment for subscribers, value that was in the “double-digits” from a product perspective.

Another alluring result was the fact close to 75 percent of coffee redemption occurred off-premises.

This last point could play into the current COVID-19 environment. Panera 2.0, the company’s technology label, includes, mobile ordering, Rapid Pick-Up, delivery— both in-house and through third-party , kiosks, and other rolling changes.

At the time, Panera’s loyalty program had 38 million members. Panera added it experienced a 25 percent increase in new MyPanera members asking for the deal during subscription testing. And a vast majority of those were new to the brand, meaning it drove light users into restaurants.

Lastly, Panera enjoyed a 90–95 percent renewal rate each month.

Today, guests can order coffee nationwide in Panera bakery-cafes, on Panera's e-commerce site, and via the Panera app (delivery restrictions apply). Customers can also order coffee via Panera Curbside and contactless Delivery, as Panera continues to take steps to serve communities safely during the pandemic.

The launch is Panera’s first big COVID-19 push since its grocery service initiative was introduced in April. “Panera Grocery” went live on its app and website, offering pantry essentials for contactless delivery, Rapid Pick-Up, new “Drive Up,” and drive thru, as well as via contact-free delivery powered by Grubhub.

Additionally, the chain introduced Family Feast Value Meals that start at $23 for a “Soup Feast.” The Family Feast with Mac & Cookies runs $33 and serves four to six people.

Panera added hand sanitizer stands in all baker cafes put in Plexiglas drive-thru barriers.

Broth Bowls, Pastas, and Soups:

None of Panera’s bread bowls are under 1000 mg. so avoid ordering those. The same can be said for the pasta. the lowest choice is the Pasta Primavera at 850 mg. so again it is too high for the points for just one meal. All of the other pasta choices are over 1000 mg. There are only 3 soups that would fit our requirements, and you will need to stick to just ordering a cup of the soup. The Vegetarian Creamy Tomato Soup is 510 mg., the Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto is 560 mg., and the New England Clam Chowder is 680 mg.

9 global brands that have released their famous recipes to the public

You can now make Ikea’s Swedish meatballs, Panera Bread’s macaroni and cheese, McDonald’s McMuffins and more globally known specialties from your very own kitchen.

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Restaurants, amusement parks and hotels alike are still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus, causing people across the globe to miss their favorite sweet treats, morning must-haves and guilty pleasure snacks.

Yet as statewide stay-at-home orders and self-quarantines remain in place, your favorite brands have decided to bring one-of-a-kind delicious offerings to you by releasing recipes for everything from Disney Parks’ Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets to salted caramel ice cream from Pret A Manger. Here, we share details on all of the iconic dishes you can make for yourself right now.

DoubleTree by Hilton’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

On April 9, the DoubleTree hotel became one of the first global brands to release the details on its famed sweet treat. Typically, more than 30 million of the warm, delicious cookies are consumed each year, yet due to the coronavirus, the hotel wanted to spread some joy by releasing the recipe for at-home cooks. Upon release, Shawn McAteer, the senior vice president and global head of DoubleTree, said, “A warm chocolate chip cookie can’t solve everything, but it can bring a moment of comfort and happiness.”

Cinnamon Bread from Dollywood

Theme park fans rarely visit their favorite sites without thinking about the food they’re going to consume upon arrival. In the case of Tennessee’s Dollywood, the meal that comes to mind is its iconic pull-apart cinnamon bread. As of April, you can bring home the park’s unmistakable Southern flavor with the official recipe, paired with hot apple butter or icing. Travel + Leisure has you covered with the fully detailed recipe here .

Missing your IKEA meatball fix? We’ve created a recipe for you to recreate this delicious dish in the comfort of your own home #IKEAmeatballs pic.twitter.com/d89lRsJxH7

— IKEA UK (@IKEAUK) April 20, 2020

IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs

If you’ve been to IKEA for essential home furniture, the chances are pretty high that you’ve ventured into the cafeteria to try the Sweden-born store’s iconic meatballs. Well, now you can indulge in the spicy delectables without a trip to the store, as the globally known retailer has released its recipe (via a cheeky diagram on Twitter) to the public. Plus, it even includes the Swedish cream sauce IKEA shoppers rave about.

Ice Cream, Cookies and More from Pret A Manger

The United Kingdom-born Pret A Manger, recognized for its cafe-style atmosphere, sandwiches and baked goods, has taken to social media during the global pandemic, releasing several recipes for everyone to enjoy. Most recently, the eatery released detailed recipes for brownie bites, a baked frittata and dark chocolate vegan cookies.

McDonalds’ McMuffin

Many McDonald’s locations throughout the globe have closed their doors and takeout windows to the public due to the global pandemic, causing many people to rethink their morning go-to meals. McDonald’s UK specifically has closed all its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, prompting the decision to release its sausage and egg McMuffin recipe via Twitter.

Family-Style Meals from The Cheesecake Factory

Recognized for its 21-page menu and large serving sizes, The Cheesecake Factory is the go-to spot for unique cravings here in Northern Virginia and beyond. Recently, the national chain released home-style versions of its most popular dishes, including almond-crusted salmon salad, chicken taquitos and cinnamon roll pancakes. Plus, in early May, The Cheesecake Factory launched its first-ever virtual cooking class, which has continued with regularly scheduled sessions via Facebook Live.

Avocado, Egg White & Spinach

This sandwich would make a filling and nutritious start to your day. I’m a fan of the flat bagel, which cuts about 20 g of carbs when compared to Panera’s whole grain bagel. Plus, it contains sprouted grains, which are easier to digest than regular whole grain breads. Sprouted grains also make the nutrients in grains more bioavailable. The healthy fat from the avocado together with the 21 grams of protein (mainly from the egg whites) and 7 grams of fiber (from the bagel and veggies) means this is a meal that will curb hunger and fuel busy days.

Ready to get moving with Panera for Earth Day?

Did you buy a bike in the past year? If you did or wanted to buy a bike, you weren&rsquot alone. Many people used a bike as their way to be outside, a transportation alternative or just wanted to get moving. With the surge in popularity, bikes are in high demand and in short supply.

The Bread Bowl Bike is the tastiest mode of transportation. While you do have to bring your own bread, the bike does come with a bread bowl basket. Not only is riding around on this bike good for the rider, it is good for the planet. It is a win for everyone.

And, if you want to win one of these bikes, Panera is giving away some of these special bites. Now, through Earth Day, people can visit breadbowlbike.com for a chance to win.

Ready to do something good for yourself and the planet. Join Panera this Earth Day to make a difference.

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