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Panera, Starbucks Revamp Menus

Panera New Menu Items

Panera and Starbucks recently debuted additions to their menus that emphasize flavor diversity.

Panera Bread today unveiled what it's deemed New Era at Panera, a customer-centered movement characterized by its largest menu transformation. The revamp is designed to create more value for customers, offering more new salads and sandwiches, and more options below $10, said the restaurant chain.

"The New Era at Panera marks an important and exciting evolution for the brand, one where we are focused on listening to our guests and delivering what they want most," said José Alberto Dueñas, CEO at Panera Bread, in a statement. "That means serving great food made just for you, with the right combination of amazing taste, quality ingredients, and value. We are transforming and returning to what our guests love, which will propel Panera into the future as we continue to serve food our guests feel good about eating."

In addition to focusing on Panera's core offerings based on customer input, the New Era at Panera considers feedback from Panera employees. Newly configured in-store and on the Panera app, the menu streamlines Panera's pantry and reduces operational complexity, helping Panera employees deliver an improved customer experience, according to Panera.

New menu items include Toasted Italiano, Chicken Bacon Rancher, Ciabatta Cheesesteak, Tomato Basil BLT, Mediterranean Chicken Greens with Grains, Southwest Chicken Ranch, Balsamic Chicken Greens with Grains, Ranch Cobb Salad, and Bacon Mac & Cheese.

Additionally, the restaurant chain updated some existing menu items, including the Chipotle Chicken Avo Melt, Smokehouse BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Buffalo Chicken Melt, Toasted Frontega Chicken Sandwich, Bravo Club Sandwich, Grilled Chicken & Avo BLT, Turkey & Cheddar Sandwich, Caesar Salad with Chicken, Greek Salad with Chicken, Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, Green Goddess Chicken Cobb Salad, and Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad.

Starbucks is adding some spice to its latest offerings. It recently debuted the Spicy Lemonade Refreshers line, which incorporates a three-pepper chili blend into the beverage. The offering comes in three flavors: Dragonfruit, Strawberry, and Pineapple.

Additionally, the cafe chain added a line of lavender-infused offerings for the Spring season. Some beverages include the Lavender Crème Frappuccino, Iced Lavender Cream Oatmilk Matcha, Iced Lavender Oatmilk Latte, and Lavender Oatmilk Chill.