Panera Bread progressing toward animal welfare goals

Among its successes: 91 percent of Panera's pork supply is antibiotic-free, 80 percent of is beef is grass-fed and 100 percent of its chicken is antibiotic-free.

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Breakfast takes a bite out of Panera comps in Q2

The quarter represented the first time in six quarters the company registered a year-over-year increase in transactions.

The changing role of corporate consciousness

How fast casual CEOs are turning an enlightened approach to sales success.

Panera Bread sales success boosted by investment initiatives

The company sees gains at it continues to improve marketing, catering, operational and food quality.

Fast Casual releases 2012 Top 100 Movers & Shakers

The Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers ranks the top concepts, people, technology, menu and innovation trends that impacted the segment in 2011.

Cosi CEO Carin Stutz talks brand turnaround

How Cosi's new CEO plans to rebrand, reimage and rebuild the chain.

Panera Bread to intensify drive-thru operations

Catering sales and new menu item rollouts continue to contribute to revenue, same-store sales growth.

Oatmeal goes upscale

Consumers often say they wish they had healthier options for breakfast, yet better-for-you, not to mention better-tasting, has been hard to come by when it comes to breakfast on the run. We're seeing a growing number of operators add simple fare oatmeal to their existing pastry and sandwich offerings.

Trendy cake pops find their way into Starbucks

What is the latest food innovation at Starbucks? It's "Cake Pops," or cake balls on a stick! When I first found Cake Pops in Starbucks, I got really excited because I thought Starbucks was leading the way again with food innovation. If you remember, I gave Starbucks credit with food innovation for its single serve Via instant coffee.

Innovation in the name of charity

What do the Love Kitchen, Panera Bread, and Cafe 180 all have in common? They provide affordable food to those who can’t regularly pay full price for a meal. A week ago, the Oprah Winfrey show came on the overhead...

Is your restaurant required?

Is your restaurant required by law to post nutritional information? As restaurant owners and managers you are accustomed to customers’ inquiries for the ingredient and nutritional information on your menu. Until now, answering these questions was purely at the discretion of management.

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NEWS


Panera Bread set to open café with drive-thru in Ohio

Panera Bread will open its latest bakery café on Dec. 16 at 4031 Cascades Boulevard in Brimfield, Ohio. The new location will feature a drive-thru.

Bruegger's Bagels, Florida Department Of Citrus team up for pre-holiday giveaway

Everyone who enters the sweepstakes will receive a coupon for one free bottle of Florida's Natural Orange Juice with the purchase of any breakfast sandwich.

Einstein Noah brings back holiday gift offerings

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group announced the return of its Holiday Gift Card Packs and Coffee Gift Packs to its seasonal offerings.

Einstein Bros. & Noah's New York Bagels offer Black Friday catering special

Einstein Noah will offer special pricing on catering orders placed through its 1-800-BAGEL-ME phone line.

Bruegger's Bagels announces winner of $10,000 Artist Challenge

Bruegger's Bagels has selected the original artwork of Taia Morley of Stillwater, Minnesota, as the winner of its $10,000 Artist Challenge.

Lee's Sandwiches plants its flag in Oregon

The latest Lee's Sandwiches has a full bread baking equipment line and the capacity to serve additional stores when they open.

Kneader's on the rise in Phoenix area

Kneaders Bakery & Café opened its seventh unit in Arizona at 14183 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, Arizona, on Oct.

Einstein Bros. rolls out fall menu

Einstein Bros. is bringing back its pumpkin bagel and other fall menu items.

Kneaders Bakery & Café opens first Texas location

Kneaders Bakery & Café opened its newest location at 21639 Hardy Oak Blvd, San Antonio, Texas on Aug. 23.

Tim Hortons celebrates autumn with return of Pumpkin Pie Iced Capp and Latte, intros new baked goods

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is kicking off the pumpkin season with the return of its signature Pumpkin Pie Iced Capp and Pumpkin Pie Latte in the chain's U.S. restaurants. Prepared fresh in-restaurant and hand blended with real cream, the Pumpkin Pie Iced Capp sells for $2.79 for a 12-ounce small.

Manhattan Bagel featuring sandwiches, chilled blended drinks for summer

Manhattan Bagel is featuring two grilled lunch sandwiches and three Chillerz blended drinks this summer, according to a company press release. Featured sandwiches include the Manhattan Cheesesteak, which includes grilled steak, roasted peppers, grilled onions and melted cheese on a...

SmallCakes Cupcakery going global

SmallCakes Cupcakery has announced that its first International franchise location will open in the Aswaaq Mall in Dubai, under the leadership of new franchisee Saud Alnuaimi. The Aswaaq Mall is the first franchise location in Dubai with two more scheduled...

La Madeleine bolsters executive team to double unit count

La Madeleine Country French Café has announced plans to double the size of its U.S. footprint in select markets.

Kneaders Bakery & Café named as state’s top pastry provider

Orem, Utah-based Kneaders Bakery & Cafe has received the Best-of-State pastry award. “We attribute much of our success to our outstanding products, which the people of Utah have come to love. Our pastry products are made fresh in the stores,...

Corner Bakery eyes Seattle and Vegas for expansion

Corner Bakery Café has signed two multiunit development agreements with California-based businessman Anil Yadav, CEO of JIB Management, who plans to open 16 cafes in Seattle and seven in Las Vegas throughout the next seven years. According to a news...

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