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Panera Jumps Into the Chicken Sandwich Wars With Two Healthier Options

Are the Chicken Sandwich Wars still raging? Though far from the fervor where at its height, fast food giants volleyed with their own fowl entrants, now’s as good as any time to have more brands get in the mix. Take Panera for example, who has just released two new chicken sandwich options, both of which are not breaded or fried.

Panera’s take on the chicken sandwich will be marinated and seasoned chicken breast in both regular and spicy varieties, with both nestled in between brioche buns.

The regular option features aioli, parmesan crisps, and greens on a brioche bun, while the spicy take has aioli, pickle chips, and spicy Buffalo sauce.

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Burger King To Donate Sales From New Ch’King Sandwich To LGBTQ+ Causes

Burger King is showing support towards LGBTQ+ causes during Pride Month in a big way, tying their new chicken sandwich to donations the chain will give.

For the entire month of June, every purchase of a new Burger King Ch’King sandwich will send 40 cents from the chain’s coffers to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in the United States.

Burger King made the announcement with a light jab at fast food rival Chick-fil-A, saying they will have the promotion available “even on Sundays.”

Chick-fil-A, notorious for being closed on Sundays, has been tied to multiple anti-LGBTQ controversies. Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy has made contributions as recently as this year to the National Christian Charitable Foundation, an organization attempting to derail the Equality Act currently sitting in Congress, according to Esquire.

Of course, Chick-fil-A itself has stopped making similar charitable donations since late 2019, but the owner does reap the profits of the fried chicken business, and those could easily convert to the aforementioned contributions.

It is known across the fast food industry that employees of companies, as well as CEOs of the drive-thru empires, do make several political contributions to political action committees (PACs) and other organizations that lobby and fight for causes. However, the corporations themselves do not make these donations.

In Burger King’s case, their larger parent company, 3G Capital, donated just $20 in 2020, all of which went to the Republican National Committee, as reported by OpenSecrets. Employee contributions overwhelmingly favored more progressive organizations, which may be part of why Burger King is running this current promotion.

Burger King’s reason for donating to the HRC, according to an email sent to USA Today, is that “[The LGBTQ+ community] is a community we love dearly and have proudly supported over the years, so we couldn’t miss an opportunity to take action and help shine a light on the important conversation happening.”