Panera Bread Co. executives said Wednesday that the bakery-café chain would introduce pasta systemwide by the end of the first quarter, the result of tests over the past two years. Ronald Shaich, chairman and co-chief executive of St. Louis-based Panera, said the pasta platform was among other culinary initiatives planned at the 1,652-unit chain, which reported Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit increased 34 percent from the prior-year period. The company's culinary and ...
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