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25. Panera Bread

Last Year's Rank: 25

Investment Range: $1,066,000 - $3,220,000

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Panera Bread is an American chain of bakery-café restaurants in the U.S. and Canada offering various soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.

The company focuses on using all-natural ingredients and serves food without artificial flavors or preservatives, uses cage-free eggs and was the first national restaurant to display calorie information on menu boards.

Panera Bread has more than 2,000 units and does not sell single-unit franchises, instead focusing on selling market areas. The company introduced delivery services in nearly 900 cities in 2018.

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $5,670,000,000*

US Units: 2,043

International Units: 19

Total Units: 2,113

Percent Franchised: 54%

% International Units: 1%

US Franchised Units: 1,131

International Franchised Units: 19

Sales Growth %: 3.9%

Unit Growth %: 2.5%

*Franchise Times Estimate

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