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Panera Bread

Leadership

Panera hires Eduardo Luz as chief brand and concept officer

Luz, a former Kraft Heinz executive, will oversee marketing, culinary, digital, and strategy/insights for the fast-casual chain.

Technology

Panera adds geofencing to curbside pickup

The technology enables the store to know when a customer has arrived to pick up an order.

The former Panera Bread CEO's Act III Holdings has teamed up with T. Rowe Price to make a $70 million investment in the casual-dining chain.

Panera Bread

The company says the $8.99-per-month subscription can drive traffic and generate more food sales.

The fast-casual chain plans to add a new meat-free item in every menu category by the end of next year.

A roundup of items that are in the works or launching in chains.

Parent Bloomin’ Brands is partnering with DoorDash, an arrangement that will also add lunch delivery from Bonefish Grill.

A sizable swath of the business community is leaning on the Senate to pass potential safeguards, but restaurants are not part of it.

A partnership with HMSHost will bring the fast-casual chain to airports and travel plazas beginning next year.

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