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Panera Bread is a chain of bakery-café fast casual restaurants in the United States and Canada. The company is a leader in the quick-casual restaurant business with more than 2,000 bakery-cafés in about 45 states and Canada. Its locations, which operate under the banners Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co and Paradise Bakery & Café offer made-to-order sandwiches using a variety of artisan breads, including Asiago cheese bread, focaccia, and it classic sourdough bread.

More than 850 of its locations are company-operated, while the rest are run by franchisees. Panera Bread Company is off the market as of April 2017.


The 2,000-unit chain announced that JAB Holding Company acquired the company in a transaction valued at approximately $7.5 billion. 


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