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The Owner Of Krispy Kreme Is Buying Panera Bread For $7.5 Billion

While JAB Holding Company isn’t your typical household name, you may still recognize some of the brands they own. The privately held business group posses subsidiaries like Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Stumptown Coffee, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Keurig Green Mountain.

Last year, JAB purchased Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $1.35 billion.

It seems that JAB is looking to once again expand their coffee-slinging empire, this time with Panera Bread.

NPR reports that the company agreed to a $7.5 billion agreement to purchase the fast casual bakery chain. Set to finalize within the third financial quarter of 2017, the merger would turn Panera Bread into a privately held company. Since their announcement, Panera’s stock prices have spiked going over $300 in pre-market trading.

More than 30 years old, the business has focused on soups, sandwiches, pasta, salads, and baked goods primary. We’re wondering if the new merger will highlight caffeinated drinks more now that JAB is an owner.

Hopefully Panera Bread’s French Onion soup will remain unaffected. That stuff’s LIT.

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Starbucks Among 16 Restaurants Receiving “F” Grades For Antibiotic Use

Use of antibiotics in have been a hot button topic over the last few years, and while some restaurants such as Chipotle and Subway have made big leaps in eliminating it from their meat, there are a lot of big names, such as Starbucks and Jack in the Box, who have not addressed the issue, earning themselves an “F” grade in a recent report.

For the second-straight year, a group of five consumer, environmental, and public health groups surveyed the top 25 fast food and casual restaurants in the US, then ranked them with a school-style grading system.

Out of all the restaurants tested, only Panera Bread and Chipotle received “A” grades, while 16 of our favorite eateries received solid “F” scores.

To get such low scores, these restaurants have either not reduced their use of antibiotics in meat, or have not been transparent about their antibiotic policies.

The report said while antibiotics are OK to treat sick livestock, they are often misused in order to make the animal gain weight faster, and prevent disease from their poor living conditions.

Including Starbucks and Jack in the Box, the 16 other failing restaurants were: KFC, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sonic, Denny’s, Olive Garden, Burger King, Applebee’s, Domino’s, Chili’s, Little Caesars, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dairy Queen, Arby’s and IHOP.

Check out the final grades below:

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When you think about coffee shops like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, quality meat probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but being such monster chains, you’d expect them to get a little better than a failing grade.

Making the biggest positive jump in grades from 2015 was Subway, going from an “F” to a “B.” Although their former spokesman was sketchy, their meat has been a little less dubious since they’ve announced plans to gradually remove all antibiotics by 2020.

Little by little, restaurants have been making changes. Even McDonald’s switched up their McNugget recipe to remove antibiotics.

We can only hope to see less of our favorite restaurants in that failing, dark red portion of the scorecard.

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Panera Bread Removes Additives For Cleanest Pumpkin Spice Latte Yet

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Panera Bread has announced that they’ll be sporting a new Pumpkin Spice Latte this fall. Get this, it’s completely clean.

This means the PSL will feature no artificial ingredients, colors, or flavorings. Though, Panera says they haven’t had any of those since the chain first opened. However, they will remove artificial preservatives to make sure that everything in the new beverage is as clean as possible.

Panera’s PSL also features real pumpkins in the beverage. Along with the ‘clean’ version vegetarian and vegan versions will also be available to patrons.

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New York Panera Manager Reportedly Punches Small Female Employee

In what will surely end up in a lawsuit, a video has surfaced that allegedly shows a male Panera manager punching a small female employee after what looks like a verbal altercation at a New York store.

The video, which was submitted to Gawker by a tipster, was recorded at around 12:30 p.m. (ET) at the Panera on Park Avenue and 23rd Street in Manhattan.

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The tipster reported that the female employee quit her job mid-shift and became irate, throwing bags of chips on the floor. Allegedly, the male manager threw the female employee down a flight of stairs and out the front door, and when she returned to confront him again, the video begins.

The tipster writes:

“We walked in, in the middle of her quitting her job mid shift. She was yelling at a different manager than the one who hit her and was throwing some bags of chips on the ground, threatening to turn up in this bitch, etc. Really nothing I haven’t seen before or wouldn’t expect from someone who has to work at a fucking Panera all day.

Then out of nowhere white shirt manager approaches her and immediately gets physical with her, keep in mind she’s about 5’2 at most and he was bigger than me… He legit threw her down a flight of stairs and out the front door for really no reason, she runs around to the other entrance to retaliate and that’s where the video starts. You might wanna say she hit him first, but really he had FULL CONTROL over her the entire time, was throwing her around, I think she gets one slap in that was louder than it was painful, then he half punches her once, she spins, and then he REALLY FUCKING PUNCHES her. You can even hear me and my friend yell DON’T HIT HER just before it… I checked on her for a while after the cops left, she seemed ok, she kept saying he really got her in the ear mostly which I know stings like a bitch. She was bleeding a little, and had cuts on her hands but she seemed ok after the adrenaline wore off.”

Written by Jacob Wagner of Next Shark 

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Panera Bread Is ‘Un-Engineering’ Its Food, Plans To Remove All Artificial Additives By 2016

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“No compromises” is what Panera Bread is telling us today. By the end of 2016, the bakery-cafe brand with over 1,900 locations promises to be a destination for “clean eats,” removing all artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors from their food.

The move to rid their menu of ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fat is a noble one and Panera seems to be all-in with the effort. Our sources note more than 150 ingredients will be impacted from the change.

For more than a year, Panera’s culinary team has been “un-engineering” its food menu, something that’s gotta be hell when it comes to finding suppliers to handle the changes across their 1,900 locations. Their team is spending time finding replacements for the artificial colors in pastries and removing commonly used artificial preservatives in soups.

It’s not all pie-in-the-sky though. Panera took today to announce that all their locations will offer new “clean” salad dressings made without artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, and preservatives.

If you’re so inclined, Panera just launched a .pdf “No No List” of their current roster of artificial ingredients. The list is color coded to identify the foods the ingredients they’ve already removed and the stuff they’re working on removing.

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Panera Bread Plans To Tape Kitchen Employees While They Work

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Apparently Panera Bread wants to be Big Brother now. In an effort to improve accuracy and customer service at the quick-service chain, Panera Bread has plans to set up cameras in its kitchens and record its employees putting together meals.

The videos will be monitored by managers and executives to see if meals are being properly prepared by Panera Bread standards. Seems like an appropriate solution to dispel any concern in the kitchen.

Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich recently told Business Insider that he hopes the recordings will help improve the restaurants’ slow-service issue.

Currently, the program is only planned to take effect for a set period of time. However, if results are more than satisfactory, expect all your Panera Bread meals to be broadcast for all to see.

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Get Your Thanksgiving Fix Early With Panera Bread’s New Fall Menu

panera-turkey-cranberry-flatbread-sandwichIn keeping with seasonal tradition, Panera Bread has launched their new Fall menu. The chain’s new Turkey Cranberry Flatbread Sandwich brings customers an early taste of Thanksgiving. Filled with roasted turkey breast, cranberry mostarda, garlic herb cheese, and spinach, this flatbread is very similar to a previous fall menu panini that Panera offered a few years back.

A new addition to the pasta lineup includes Butternut Squash Ravioli, which features sage and egg striped noodles stuffed with butternut squash, butter, brown sugar and amaretti cookies topped with a leek and garlic cream sauce, topped with fresh baby arugula and onion shoestrings. How cookies belong in a ravioli is a little weird but whatever, as long as it’s related to pumpkin or Thanksgiving it still fall appropriate.

Customers with a sweet tooth can find a new pastry waiting for them at the front display. The Caramel Apple Scone is described as a cream based scone with caramel chips, dried cinnamon apples, and then topped with cinnamon apples and caramel icing.

Brand Eating reports that “Jack-O-Lantern cookies, Pumpkin Muffies, Cranberry Orange Muffins, apple chips as a topping for their Steel-Cut Oatmeal, Vegetarian Autumn Squash Soup, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Cherry Vanilla Bagels, Pumpkin Cookies, and Pumpkin Muffins” will also be making their autumn comeback.

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You Can Pay For Food With Your Apple Watch, Will This Change the Restaurant Industry?

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Everyone’s buzzing over Apple’s grand reveal of the “Apple Watch” this morning. Well, that little gadget around your wrist might shake up the restaurant industry as you’ll be able to pay for your food with it.

Making payments with cards were the fast alternative to paying with paper money. Now cards will seem old fashioned as the power of payment will reside on your wrist. The Verge reported that through “Apple Pay” you’ll be able to store all your cards on the iPhone or Apple Watch, wave it by the store’s compatible reader and your food will be paid for. Apple CEO Tim Cook said it really is that easy and this process should replace the over 50-year-old credit card method of payment.

There are already restaurants lining up to team up with Apple as McDonald’s, Subway and Panera Bread are among those who are integrating Apple Pay into their restaurants.

The big focus of Apple’s reveal was security, and through its “Secure Element,” Cook said that Apple Pay will be much safer than a credit card.

So as soon as 2015, when the Apple products are released, you can be that douche paying for everything with his watch and pretending to be a spy.

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