7 insider facts about Panera Bread that employees know and most customers don’t


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Panera Bread employees know all about how things are run at the popular fast-food chain.
A number of current and former employees have posted about their experiences on social media.
Here are some insider facts, tips, and hacks that Panera Bread employees have shared online.

Panera Bread store employees know all about what it takes to run the popular casual chain of restaurants.

According to the company’s website, Panera Bread now boasts “2,000 bakery-cafés” and employs around 100,000 associates. Some Panera Bread employees work at corporate-run stores, while others work for franchisees.

Either way, all of these employees glean valuable insight into their store’s inner-workings.

Here are a few things all Panera Bread employees know.

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You can always try asking for a specialized order…

If you want an order tweaked at Panera Bread, it can’t hurt to ask.

In a 2018 Quora post, associate trainer Ariana Dickerson wrote that calorie-conscious customers should ask for help.

“If you’re worried about calories or how many just ask any associate, they’ll grab their nutrition guide and help you create your perfect salad,” she wrote on Quora.

Former Panera Bread employee Josh Benner took to Quora to make all sorts of suggestions, including asking for free granola toppings on fruit salads, requesting toasted sandwiches, and swapping the bread on certain sandwiches.

“Some sandwiches are on breads that just don’t make sense,” he wrote. “I’m looking at you turkey avocado on sour dough. Nobody should have to deal with the hassle of fitting that big sandwich on such a small piece of bread.”

… and you can also ask for options other than the standard baguette side order

Not in the mood for one of Panera Bread’s traditional side baguettes?

That’s okay. You’ve got options.

“You also have the option of a sprouted grain dinner roll,” Panera Bread catering coordinator Laura Biermann wrote in a 2018 Quora post.

What’s more, associate Luis Torres wrote in a 2017 Quora post that customers also “have the option to pick two slices of any of the other breads we offer.”

The bread is really baked in the store

At Panera Bread, the titular product is really baked at the restaurant. Individual stores receive daily shipments of pre-mixed dough.

“I do really bake the bread,” a Panera Bread baker wrote in a 2015 Reddit AMA. “The bread is just mixed at a big factory and than transported to us every night or morning, so we can let it rise.”

The baker added that Panera Bread employees bake all the breads — including sourdough, ciabatta, focaccia, croissants, and challah— the sweets behind the …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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