ST. LOUIS, Sept. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Iconic menu favorites Mac & Cheese and Grilled Cheese have come together to create the ultimate fall collaboration, thanks to Panera Bread. Launching nationally this month in bakery-cafes, Panera's latest craveable fall menu drop combines Panera's signature Mac & Cheese, layered with fontina and mozzarella cheeses, sprinkled with Parmesan crisps and sandwiched between slices of classic White Miche, toasted to perfection. The result is a warm and hearty, delicious and comforting sandwich that is so delightfully cheesy in every bite, you can't help but say yes. Panera's latest menu creations also include a Sausage & Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza and a limited-time Cinnamon Crunch Latte joining the fall lineup.
"We couldn't be more excited to bring our new Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich to market as the ultimate collaboration that our guests never knew they needed," said Claes Petersson, Panera's Head Chef and Chief Food Innovation Officer. "When launching new menu items, we always aim to surprise, delight and satisfy our guests – and we are confident that guests will love our expanded sandwich, flatbread pizza and coffee offerings this fall."
Many see September as a time to transform wardrobes and get psyched about the latest fall fashion trends—like the Y2K nostalgia trend taking runways and streetwear by storm. To celebrate the launch of the Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich, the ultimate collaboration between two favorite foods, the brand has collaborated with Delicacies Jewelry to create a limited-edition golden noodle necklace. Panera fans can add to their already established golden layered necklace collection and make a statement with jewelry that levels up those macaroni necklaces of the past. Mac & Cheese enthusiasts can enter for a chance to win one of 500 gold-plated necklaces for a limited time at PaneraMacNecklace.com.* A portion of the proceeds from the collaboration will be donated by Delicacies to further both companies' commitment towards fighting food insecurity.
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About Panera Bread
Thirty years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is food as it should be and that is why we exist.
So, we began with a simple commitment: to bake bread fresh every day in our bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.
These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally for wellness to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like poultry and pork raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And a commitment to removing or not using artificial additives (preservatives, sweeteners, flavors, and colors from artificial sources on our No No list) in the food in our U.S. bakery-cafes. Why? Because we think that simpler is better and we believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don't have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating.
We're also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid Pick-Up® for to-go orders and delivery – all designed to make things easier for our guests.
As of June 30, 2021, there were 2,120 bakery-cafes in 48 states and in Ontario, Canada, operating under the Panera Bread® or Saint Louis Bread Co.® names. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) or Instagram (@panerabread).
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