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Panera eyes new dinnertime lures

The 10 items about to be tested are intended to bolster both on-premise and delivery sales.

Consumer Trends

Pret A Manger buys a chain to fuel Veggie Pret’s growth

Pret parent JAB is adding the U.K.’s Eat to its stable, but for its conversion potential.

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The former Krispy Kreme executive will take over for the retiring Blaine Hurst.

The chain will test new technology to streamline a.m. service, part of a larger push to provide more convenience and higher-quality items.

The family controlling JAB Holding Co. acknowledges that an earlier version of the company used slave labor during World War II and that two predecessors were guilty of unprosecuted war crimes.

Shaich’s new investment firm is suing the bakery-cafe chain over a recruitment agreement.

The soup and sandwich chain plans to close its last Panera Cares store, saying it “is no longer viable.”

Former Sweetgreen President Karen Kelley was named chief restaurant officer and Sonic veteran Anita Vanderveer was appointed chief people officer.

A challenging year brought fundamental shifts in the market and a white-elephant sale of troubled concepts.