At Panera, they believe that good food delivered in warm, welcoming environments by caring individuals may bring out the best in all of us. That has been our belief since 1987, when we opened our first cafe in St. Louis. Ever since they have grown, their principles, purpose, and core beliefs have not changed, nor has their dedication to our mission. With thousands of company-owned and franchised sites across the United States and Canada, as well as over a hundred thousand associates, they welcome the opportunity to spread kindness to their communities, the earth, and you.
Panera began in 1987 as St. Louis Bread Company, a modest community bakery founded with a San Francisco sourdough starter and the idea of putting a loaf of bread in every arm. Since then, the company has grown well beyond St. Louis, and the craft of baking bread fresh every day remains at the core of Panera Bread. Their skilled bakers stock their bakery shelves with freshly made cookies, pastries, bagels, and a variety of breads ranging from focaccia to classic baguettes.
Panera Bread® or Saint Louis Bread Co St. Louis Bread Company is now available in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Click here to find a location near you.
JAB Holding Company owns Panera Bread privately. Panera Bread is part of Panera Brands, which includes Panera Bread®, Caribou Coffee®, and Einstein Bros.® Bagels, and is one of the largest fast casual restaurant platforms in the United States.
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