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Panera Stockholders Approve Merger With JAB Holdings


ST. LOUIS, July 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ:PNRA) announced that at a special meeting today, Panera's stockholders overwhelmingly approved the previously announced merger agreement relating to the proposed transaction between Panera and JAB Holdings. Subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement, at the effective time of the merger, each share of Panera common stock will be cancelled and converted into the right to receive $315 in cash.

The transaction remains subject to certain closing conditions and is expected to close in July 2017.

About Panera Bread Company

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 fresh bread from fresh dough in every bakery-cafe, every day. No artificial preservatives or 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 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 artificial additives (flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives) from the food in our 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 - all designed to make things easier for our guests. As of June 27, 2017, there were 2,043 bakery-cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. For more information, visit or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook ( or Instagram (@panerabread).

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute "forward looking statements".  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.  These statements may relate to risks or uncertainties associated with: the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to the consummation of the transaction, including, without limitation, the receipt of regulatory approvals;  the parties' ability to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments of the merger; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the merger on Panera's business relationships, operating results, and business generally; risks that the merger disrupts current plans and operations of Panera and potential difficulties in Panera's employee retention as a result of the merger; risks related to the merger diverting management's attention from Panera's ongoing business operations; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Panera related to the merger agreement or the merger; the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and other charges related to the merger; and other factors discussed from time to time in our reports filed with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2016. All forward-looking statements and the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations included in this release are made only as of the date of this release 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. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

Steve West, Vice President of Investor Relations

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