|Exchange:||NASDAQ national market|
|Stock:||Panera Bread Company, Inc.|
|Panera Bread Company, Inc. was originally organized in March 1981 as a Massachusetts corporation under the name Au Bon Pain Co., Inc. and reincorporated in Delaware in June 1988. In December 1993, the Company purchased Saint Louis Bread Company. In August 1998, it sold its Au Bon Pain Division and changed its name to Panera Bread Company. The Company is a national bakery-cafe concept with 1,652 Company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafe locations in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario, Canada. The Company operates under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Café® trademark names. It operates as three business segments: Company bakery-cafe operations, franchise operations, and fresh dough and other product operations. As of December 25, 2012, its Company bakery-cafe operations segment consisted of 809 Company-owned bakery-cafes, located throughout the United States and in Ontario, Canada, and its franchise operations segment consisted of 843 franchise-operated bakery-cafes, located throughout the United States and in Ontario, Canada. As of December 25, 2012, its fresh dough and other product operations segment, which supplies fresh dough and other products daily to Company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes, consisted of 24 fresh dough facilities. The Company competes with numerous sources in their trade areas. Its bakery-cafes compete with food, casual dining and quick service cafes, bakeries, and restaurant retailers, including national, regional and locally-owned cafes, bakeries, and restaurants. The Company is subject to various federal, state, and local environmental regulations.|
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