Panera Bread Company

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By CorinneM1 on Tue, 09-17-02, 02:39

I was at a Panera Bread store recently, and asked about their products and explained my son's allergy (PA). The gentleman behind the counter was very helpful and pointed out to me the over the counter menu, which lists all allergens. I went to the website and found a similar listing of what I saw in the store, but the gentleman could not confidentally anwer my question about the products being made on the same line, etc.

This is the ingredent listing from Panera Bread:

And this is the response that I got back from the email agent: Thank you for taking the time to contact Panera Bread. We are happy to know that you enjoy our food, and that the service has been good for you.

Thanks to loyal customers like you, Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Co. is enjoying tremendous success. We appreciate your business and your kind words.

Corinne, to help answer your question, we bake all of pur products on a "common line" another words, yes there may be different products mixed up on the same sheet that may contain peanuts. We of course change the tissue and the pan every time before putting new product in the oven.

Thank you again for contacting us, and we hope that you continue to enjoy Panera Bread.
Have a good day!
Sincerely,
Tracy Bonano
Customer Comment Coordinator

So although they are taking some precautions and awarenesses, they do not have seperate lines per say.

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By Jazz It Up on Tue, 09-17-02, 03:01

Hi Corinne,

My best friend and I meet at Panera once a week for coffee & bagels. They have a Peanut Butter Bagel and all their bagels are sliced on the same slicer for all of their bagels as well as their toaster is used for all flavors!

They also have PB&J on their lunch menu.

I enjoy my time there once a week but I would not bring my PA child there.

Thanks for your post on this!

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By Chicago on Thu, 09-19-02, 00:05

I also love Panera, but go there w/o dd. The PB is right out on the sandwich counter with its own knife -but still.

DD has eaten their sourdough many times with no ill effects.

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By Heather2 on Thu, 09-19-02, 13:19

The Panera Bread closest to me has peanut oil in their chips.

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By AJSMAMA on Thu, 09-19-02, 15:30

We also avoid it. My son is also allergic to tree nuts and it seems like everywhere you look at Panera there are nuts. Without my son though I love the asiago cheese bagel-yum!

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By Jazz It Up on Fri, 09-20-02, 17:09

Hi Heather,

The Panera here also has peanut oil in their bags of potato chips.

I do believe these are the same chips found at the *deli* counter at Publix Supermarket where you can have a sandwich made to order (combo meal) which includes these chips and a drink. I can't remember the name of them though.

AJSMAMA, I enjoyed my Sesame Bagel and coffee there this morning...haven't tried the Asiago one...will have to expand my horizons! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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[This message has been edited by Jazz It Up (edited September 20, 2002).]

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By becca on Sun, 09-22-02, 21:17

Love their sandwiches and I have brought my dd in there, wiping the table and giving her food from home(pretty much do that everywhere partially because she is so finicky, and with the allergies it just gives more reason). The one time we sat like that, I noticed the PB crunch bagel and felt rather edgy the whole time I ate. We do still pop in together to grab takeout before we visit Grandpa(he loves their soups), but I never feed her any of their food. becca

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By Jazz It Up on Tue, 09-24-02, 21:59

becca,

Have you tried the *Turkey Bacon Bravo* sandwich? It has turkey, bacon, lettuce, special sauce on a tomato basil bread.

O..M..G! It is soooo good!

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By becca on Sat, 09-28-02, 18:23

Connie, this is too funny. A few days after reading this subject and posting, don't dd and I meet Daddy for lunch, and Panera bread was the most convenient place for efficiency and time reasons. He thought I was "nuts" wiping down the table meticulously, and nagging dd for wandering in the least(she is barely 3). Poor thing, we bring her in there and she gets nagged, right? He never gets as worried about this stuff, not sure if that is good or bad(he is very careful of what goes *in* her mouth).

Anyway... didn't I have that Turkey Bacon Bravo sandwich, and it was very yummy! I just love a great sandwich. How funny you posted me and asked that very question!

The biggest sadness for me with this allergy is thinking my little girl won't be able to enjoy dining out and different foods the way we do. Dh and I just love food and I love to cook. I am learning lots of new healthy things, but it takes alot of time to practice and learn new ways to cook(we had to give up eggs in recipies too). Luckily, she basically hates eating and is very picky. Maybe to her benefit to stay this way, right? becca

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By Jazz It Up on Sat, 09-28-02, 20:56

Hi becca,

Isn't that sandwich just the best? Usually when I meet my girlfriends there, we just get a bagel and coffee. One of my friends was in the mood for lunch...it was about 10:30 or so and so she ordered the Turkey Bacon Bravo sandwich and when she sat down at the table, I took one look of my bagel and immediately started staring at her sandwich. Finally she asked me if I wanted a bite! It took her long enough!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Needless to say, I ended up eating the other half of her sandwich PLUS my bagel. Sad...very sad!

I know exactly what you mean about our little ones not being to eat out like we do. We do go to Appleby's & Chili's about once a month and DS has never had a problem at either place. I do feel grateful there is a place he can safely go when we do eat out.

I don't know about your particular Panera but ours has the *Peanut Butter Bagel* cut up in samples when you first walk in and I cringe when I see mother's handing their toddlers this bagel.

Anywho, thanks for posting back about the sandwich...it is the best and yes...that was perfect timing! :-)

Also, I didn't realize you were in Massachusetts! My DH's family is in Worcester and my son's Godparents live in Leicester. We try to get the family up there once a year so they can see their grandparents, Aunts/Uncles and cousins.

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[This message has been edited by Jazz It Up (edited September 29, 2002).]

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By Going Nuts on Sat, 09-28-02, 21:54

Ooh, a Panera's is opening on Tuesday about 1/2 hour away from here! Guess I'll be saving the other errands I have to do in that area until then... I've just GOT to try that sandwich! While Kevin is in school, of course! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Amy

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By Jazz It Up on Sun, 09-29-02, 13:18

Hi Amy,

You are going to *love* Panera! They also have a French Onion soup and the *bowl* is a bread bowl. They scoop out the middle, pour in the soup and then the top of the bread is for dipping. They have soup and sandwich specials like 1/2 a sandwich with soup. Their sandwiches are huge...OMG...mouth is watering and it's only 9:18 in the morning! LOL!

Enjoy on Tuesday! Can't wait to read your review. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By AJSMAMA on Sun, 09-29-02, 16:39

I got a couple of bagels to go there the other day so I could eat them at work and I must not have been paying attention to her as she put them in the bag because when I got around to getting my bagels out there were the two pumpkin ones I ordered and also one covered in nuts!!! I flipped out. I am sure she was trying to be nice and throw in an extra one for free, but I couldn't believe it!

Sidenote: the pumpkin spice bagel was super yummy and the nutty one went into the trash (cannot bring myself to eat nuts even while away from ds)

Jaime

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A.J. 7 PN, TN
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By becca on Sun, 09-29-02, 23:44

Connie, we are not *too* far from Worcester, and drove through there today to have a family outing at a somewhat local and clean and fun animal farmland. Not sure how old you children are, but it is a pretty cool place for little kids. I am originally from close to Boston, so we are discovering new territory out where we live.

Have a nice evening and stay safe! becca

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By Jazz It Up on Mon, 09-30-02, 02:26

Hey becca,

My daughter will be 12 on October 9th and my son is 8. We took the children to the New England Aquarium in June and had a great time. I love downtown Boston...I just refuse to drive there! LOL!

I didn't know they had Panera up there. I haven't seen one. I'll have to ask my in-laws if there is one in Worcester or in the vicinity for the next time we come up. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Jazz It Up on Fri, 10-04-02, 16:41

Going Nuts, were you able to eat at the new Panera Bread in your area?

I was there this morning and picked up their Bakery-Cafe Menu. Their signature sandwich that becca and I were talking about is the *Bacon Turkey Bravo* and it is:

Sliced turkey breast, smoked bacon, smoked Gouda, leaf lettuce, tomato and their signature dressing, on Tomato Basil bread.

Today is Friday, so their soups for the day are:

Broccoli Cheddar
Low Fat Chicken Noodle
French Onion
Boston Clam Chowder
Low Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable

Their soup in a sourdough bread bowl is awesome.

Again, they do have PB&J on their menu and they do serve peanut butter bagels in the bakery so this is definitely *not* for the peanut allergic for possible cross-contamination purposes but their food is out of this world if you can go on your own. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Going Nuts on Fri, 10-04-02, 21:57

Connie,

Couldn't get there this week - hope to next week. Could you lay out the entire week's menu for me so I know when to go? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] I hope you know I was kidding!!! Don't you DARE?

Amy

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By Jazz It Up on Fri, 10-04-02, 22:04

ROFL! Aw c'mon... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Hope you get the chance next week to sample Panera. Guaranteed you will love it!

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By Linda-Jo on Sat, 10-05-02, 15:47

Speaking of Panera Bread...my family is having an anniversary mass for my Dad and 2 of his brothers that passed away at the same time a year ago. We are having a family gathering at a Panera Bread for coffee and...right after the mass. I'm worried about my dd who's PA/TNA. We feel we have to attend, but I'm concerned after all I've been reading about this place. I have a few questions...
Will Panera Bread allow me to bring in my own food for her? If so, is the place safe enough for her to be in with all the nut/nut products being around her? So far, she is only allergic by ingestion.

I didn't plan this gathering. I suppose I can say we can't attend due to her allergy. I was just wondering if there was a "safe" way to attend. Thanks for your help!

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By Jazz It Up on Sat, 10-05-02, 23:12

Hi Linda-Jo,

You may want to call ahead to Panera and ask for the manager and explain your situation. I would hope they would understand and allow you to bring in outside food for your daughter.

I don't know if all the Panera's sell the Peanut Butter bagel (I would assume they do) and therefore, each bagel that is sliced through the automatic slicer is contaminated and the toasters as well!

Also, on the bakery side, they have every Pastry imaginable; Scones, Muffins, Bagels Croissants, Danish, etc. Some contain Pecans and Walnuts.

If the manager allows you to bring in your own food, another option you may want to consider is to bring in a tablecloth from home to avoid any Pnut/Tnut residue on the table.

Here is Panera's website...maybe they can help you out ahead of time or at least you can view their menu, perhaps, and weigh the risk vs. benefit for your daughter. It is [url="http://www.panerabread.com"]www.panerabread.com[/url]

Weigh your options...I don't know how old your daughter is so I don't know if a sitter would be another option for you while you attend the gathering.

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[This message has been edited by Jazz It Up (edited October 05, 2002).]

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By AJSMAMA on Sat, 10-05-02, 23:41

Since it is just an order at the counter type of place I doubt they would even notice if you brought your daughter's food in.

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A.J. 7 PN, TN
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By Going Nuts on Tue, 10-08-02, 19:04

Here I am, fresh from my trip to Panera's with my review.

FANTASTIC!!!

I had the Meditteranean Veggie Sandwich. Can something that delicious actually be good for you? Probably not! The whole grain bread it comes on is sublime. I noticed that the chips that came with it contained "vegetable oil - corn or peanut", so not even the chips are safe.

Fortunately it's not right in town, because this could become a bad habit. But it is located in the shopping center where I get my pet supplies, as well as a Toys R Us. Oops, come to think of it, I forgot to get a gift at Toys R Us while I was there. Darn it, guess I'll have to go back later in the week...

Amy

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By Jazz It Up on Tue, 10-08-02, 20:53

I knew you would love it...and thanks for your review! I'll have to try that sandwich next. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Our children do not have school on Friday due to Teachers Planning Day so our usual get together at Panera on Friday's has to be bumped up to Thursday...what a cryin' shame! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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By Jazz It Up on Fri, 10-11-02, 13:42

Hi Linda-Jo,

What did you decide about Panera?

If you went, did you encounter any problems for your daughter?

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By Linda-Jo on Sat, 10-12-02, 16:12

Jazz It Up and AJASMAMA,
Thank you for responding! I did check out the website, but it's hard to tell. My daughter is 7 yrs. and doesn't want to be left out. We talked about either I go by myself and have dh and the kids stay home or just not go. We've decided to go, at least make an appearance, and I'm just going to bring in my own stuff for her. If the mgmt. makes a fuss, I'll just tell him. I don't think they would argue with someone at a function for grieving relatives! I don't think 1 7 yr old customer is going make that much of a profit for him! I'm prepared!

The idea about the tablecloth is a good one. I will definitely have something for her to put her food on. I'm sure they have drinks in bottles from other manufacturers, other than their own fountain drinks.

The gathering isn't until Oct. 20. I will definitely post what happens. Thanks for all your help!
Linda-Jo

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By Jazz It Up on Wed, 10-16-02, 01:30

Hi Linda-Jo,

With my whole spew in my thread about contacting the manager and such, I didn't even take into account this is just a *walk up to the counter and order* type of restaurant as AJSMAMA pointed out! They probably *wouldn't* notice if you brought in outside food for your child. There is no waitstaff so there really shouldn't be a problem.

Please let us know how it goes. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Linda-Jo on Wed, 10-23-02, 23:34

We had the gathering on Oct. 20. I had no idea what to expect. I thought you were going to order from the counter, but everything was taken care of. There was a little room in the back of the restaurant that was reserved just for us. On a very high table, there was every kind of pastry, bagel, bread, muffin that Panera makes all spread out along with coffee. There were nuts on alot of things, so I didn't let her touch anything. Luckily, she is only allergic by ingestion, not airborne. They also served their famous soup (chowder and some cream of chicken) with their rolls, and there were covered cups of orange juice on all the tables. I stopped at Dunkin Donuts on the way there and bought my daughter her favorite donut. No one said anything!

She was fine with just the donut and the juice. She did ask to try the roll, but I didn't want to chance it with all the nuts around. She was OK with that.

I am happy that everything turned out OK! By the way, the soup is delicious. I can see, though, it definitely is not a place for PA/TNA people! There were nuts everywhere! Even the things that didn't have nuts in them were next to things that did!

Thank you all for your help!

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By Jazz It Up on Thu, 10-24-02, 01:01

I am so glad everything turned out okay for your daughter! Yes, nuts are all over the place at Panera...definitely the treat without our darling children along if you can help it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] I am glad your daughter got to participate in such a special gathering and she was safe as well!

Their food *is* wonderful for the non-allergic population.

Thanks for sharing, Linda-Jo.

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By becca on Mon, 10-28-02, 01:37

Linda-Jo, though our dd is only 3, we have nearly never ordered her food in a restaurant and definatley not in the past 1 year. We dine out regularly, and pull out her food and simply state that she has food allergies and it is easier and safer to bring her food. If we get the slightest hint of any negativity, we comment that it would be a real bummer to be out for such a nice evening and have to ruin it with a trip to the emergency room. That usually takes care of it. But actually, we nealry always get sensetive and understanding comments and no pressure. We will usually order her a drink(milk or juice), and we tip on the heavy side since we are saving the $$ on her food, and perhaps depriving the waiter of a larger party eating at the table.

We have *never* been asked to put food away or questioned. Occasionally a waiter will offer up information regarding allergy awareness. I find this helpful for when we decide to try ordering food for dd. We are sort of getting info informally when we do not really need it, and I trust it that way better. Sort of get a feel for the places that have some policies and awareness.

Just thought I would share our experience with that, even though it is late for your anniversary cofee. Glad it went well. I have had my dd in there, but wiped the table carefully, and as usual, only fed her food from home. I was uneasy though in such a nutty place. Great food though! becca

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By Going Nuts on Fri, 11-01-02, 02:25

At [url="http://www.Panera.com"]www.Panera.com[/url] if you click on "About Us" and then click on "Contact Us" there is a link to their nutritional information. They don't list all their ingredients, but they do have a column that indicates common allergens.

Amy

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By Jackson'sMom on Mon, 11-18-02, 06:18

My ds had his first anaphylactic reaction after eating at Panera. They were careful to make his sandwich far away from the space where they make the PBJs--and they used clean utensils. But he had a couple of chips, and we hadn't been diligent. :-(

He did have a bite of my sandwich, so the next day I called the restaurant, and they sent me a nutrition listing for it. I was impressed with the people, but our DS won't be going back there.

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By mamagaona on Fri, 02-20-04, 19:08

A panera is opening up here in NJ soon. Bummed to read this thread. DD age 9 loves bagels, but don't think we'll be getting them there!
Arlene

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By Peanut2013 on Sat, 03-02-13, 01:58

I currently work for Panera; I also have a family member with a nut allergy, so I get it.

The bagels are all sliced on the same machine and it is rarely cleaned. You can ask to have it hand sliced and we will do that. The bread loaves are also all cut on the same equipment. We currently d not have any bagels or breads with nuts in them.

The bakery items are packaged separately when they come in to be cooked, however it depends on the baker as to if they are kept separate. After that, all the bakery items are stored in transports all together, nut or not. They are really good to store the backstock under the counter in separated nut and non-nut areas, but beyond that, the person that opens the bakery uses the same gloves and tongs to put out all the bakery items and they are also served that way all day. We also currently have nut and non-nut items on the same bakery displays.

I work there. People don't get trained like they should. People don't wash their hands like they should. There are a lot of young people, a lot of lazy people there that don't care or have never had to deal with allergies. Long story short, I don't trust any of the bakery items there.

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By randdnutt on Mon, 03-04-13, 20:51

My daughter is allergic to nuts and we eat at Panera regularly. She always has the soup but I inform them everytime. They are supposed to change their gloves prior to our order and only once did this not happen and I went to find a manager. Otherwise, I feel pretty safe with her food.

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