(Continued from page 1) Panera plans to continue extending its menu offerings in the year ahead. Hot sandwiches were a key new platform last year, Shaich said, and “Signature” sandwich sales increased 27 percent in the first quarter over last year. Panera launched pasta nationwide in the last two weeks of the first quarter. “We believe that pasta can be a solid contributor to our lunch and dinner business,” Shaich said, adding that the company hoped the ...

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