Panera Bread Co. is making headway in its efforts to increase throughput at its 1,770 units, company executives said Wednesday, and the bakery-café brand is looking at more initiatives to increase capacity. With warnings that weather in the first weeks of this year negatively impacted same-store sales, Panera executives updated analysts on their strategy announced in October to improve operations, including expanding employee hours by 35 or more a week at each bakery. “As ...

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