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Panera Bread Company to Webcast 2014 Investor Day

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/18/14 -- Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) will host its 2014 Investor Day on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Attendees must register in advance with [email protected].

A live audio webcast of the meeting, including the slide presentations, will be available on the Company's web site at www.panerabread.com. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM EDT and will continue to approximately 11:30 AM EDT, at which point the event will break for lunch and tours of bakery-cafes in Charlotte. The meeting will resume again at approximately 1:30 PM EDT and will conclude at approximately 5:00 PM EDT following a Q&A session at the end of the event. The meeting will feature management team presentations by Ron Shaich, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Roger Matthews, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, Chuck Chapman, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Scott Davis, EVP & Chief Concept Officer, Blaine Hurst, EVP - Technology & Transformation, Michael Simon, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, and Mark Wesley, EVP & Chief Development Officer. The subjects to be covered may include forward-looking information.

To access the live webcast of the presentation, please go to panerabread.com at least 15 minutes prior to the presentation to download and install any necessary audio software. After the conclusion of the meeting, an online replay of the presentation will be available until April 25, 2014.

About Panera Bread Company

Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,777 bakery-cafes as of December 31, 2013 under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. Our bakery-cafes are principally located in suburban, strip mall and regional mall locations. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of our bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by antibiotic-free chicken, whole grain bread, and select organic and all-natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Our menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, our customers enjoy our warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor, and free internet access. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on our website, http://www.panerabread.com.

Matters discussed in this news release and during our 2014 Investor Day, whether written or oral, relating to future events or our future performance, including any discussion, express or implied, on our anticipated growth, operating results, plans, objectives, future earnings per share, and the impact of our investments in sales-building initiatives and operational capabilities on future sales and earnings, contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are often identified by the words "believe," "positioned," "estimate," "project," "target," "plan," "goal," "assumption," "continue," "intend," "expect," "future," "anticipate," and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or the affirmative, that are not statements of historical fact. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Our actual results and timing of certain events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including, but not limited to, those discussed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements and the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations included in this release or during our 2014 Investor Day are made only as of the date of this release or as of the date of our 2014 Investor Day and may change. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:
Michele Harrison
Vice President, Investor Relations
(314-984-4966)

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