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Au Bon Pain

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Au Bon Pain

A European-inspired fast casual serving a variety of artisanal sandwiches and baked goods

Financing

Panera buys Au Bon Pain

The acquisition will provide Panera with an entry into nontraditional sites, and reunite management with a brand Panera once owned and operated.

Count Mother Nature squarely among the parties generating the loudest buzz, along with a hotelier in a new job and a one-time online bookseller.

Chains are ramping up R&D to launch on-trend dishes.

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