So it began

Thirty years ago, we started with one goal: to bake fresh bread from fresh dough in our bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just our bakers and hot ovens. And at the end of the day? We donated what was left to our neighbors in need.

*Learn more about what Clean Food means at Panera Bread

Then we grew

As time went by, we opened new bakery-cafes across the country, and we looked for ways to get better. We added calories to our menu (long before we had to), provided free wifi (before it was popular) and switched to poultry and pork raised without antibiotics in our salads and sandwiches.

And here we are today

Now, with over 2,000 bakery-cafes in the U.S. and Canada, we still pay attention to the important things. Like serving food that does not contain artificial preservatives, flavors or sweeteners and colors from artifical sources. (see our No No List) and making sure you have a great experience (have you tried online ordering?). All of this, what it all comes down to, is wanting for our guests what we want for our own families. Simply: good food.

Learn more by reading Panera Founder, Chairman and CEO Ron Shaich's Letter to America.

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What do we mean by food as it should be? Panera Bread® Founder, Chairman and CEO, Ron Shaich, explains our vision and hope for the future in this video.