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Lemonade Left Teen 'as Close as You Can Come' to Death: Suit

It's the 4th fatal or near-fatal incident alleged to be tied to Panera drink

(Newser) - The number of lawsuits over fatal or near-fatal incidents allegedly linked to Panera's Charged Lemonade is now four. The family of a Pennsylvania teen filed a suit this week, shortly after the restaurant chain announced it was discontinuing the beverage , NBC News reports. Luke Adams, 18, says he drank...

Panera Is Dumping Out Its Charged Lemonade

The move follows 3 lawsuits concerning the energy drink that was linked to 2 deaths

(Newser) - Panera's Charged Lemonade has been blamed for two deaths, and now the restaurant chain is reportedly ditching the energy drink. Surviving family members have sued Panera over the 2022 death of a 21-year-old Pennsylvania student with a heart condition and the 2023 death of a 46-year-old Florida man with...

Energy Drink Didn't Work Out for Panera, So Dunkin' Tries It Out

Sparkd' Energy contains a lot of caffeine, as did beverages consumed by 2 late Panera patrons

(Newser) - At least two people have died after drinking caffeine-infused lemonade at Panera, but that's not stopping Dunkin' from launching their own series of fruit-flavored drinks that will offer a "revitalizing burst of energy." The coffee chain debuted its Sparkd' Energy beverage on Wednesday, a fizzy energy drink...

Suit Blames Panera's Charged Lemonade for Another Death

Lawsuit says Florida man drank 3 of the highly caffeinated beverages before his death

(Newser) - A second lawsuit has been filed against Panera Bread over the restaurant chain's Charged Lemonade, which has now been blamed for two deaths. The new lawsuit says a 46-year-old Florida man died while walking home from a Panera after having had three servings of the highly caffeinated beverage, the...

After Student's Death, Panera's Lemonade Gets Warning Label

But lawyer for family of student says labels don't go far enough

(Newser) - In the wake of a lawsuit filed against it over the death of a 21-year-old woman after drinking its "Charged Lemonade," Panera has added warning labels to the drink. The Guardian has a picture of the label at one of the chain's locations, warning that the beverage...

21-Year-Old Dies After Drinking Panera's 'Charged Lemonade'
21-Year-Old Dies
After Drinking Panera's
'Charged Lemonade'
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21-Year-Old Dies After Drinking Panera's 'Charged Lemonade'

The chain was hit with a lawsuit after the tragedy, which is not officially linked to the beverage

(Newser) - A 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania student drank a "Charged Lemonade" from Panera and was dead within hours. Her family is now suing the fast-casual restaurant chain, claiming the highly caffeinated energy drink contributed to her death in September 2022, CNN reports. Sarah Katz was diagnosed with long QT syndrome,...

Ordering at Panera? Put Up Your Palm

Critics say chain's plan to use biometrics payment system could lead to privacy issues

(Newser) - Soon, paying at Panera Bread will be as easy as holding up your hand. That's because the bakery-cafe chain will be rolling out a palm-reading payment system over the next few months, expediting transactions but raising concerns among privacy advocates. NPR reports that the biometrics technology it plans on...

Restaurant and Chill? Subscriptions Are Expanding

It's not just Netflix anymore

(Newser) - Consumers are willing to pay monthly subscription fees for streaming services, pet food, and even toilet paper. And as the AP reports, now some restaurants are betting they'll do the same for their favorite meals. Large chains like Panera and PF Chang’s, as well as neighborhood hangouts, are...

That Drive-Thru Order May Contain More Than You Bargained For

Consumer Reports finds excessive amounts of 'forever chemicals' in some fast-food wrappers

(Newser) - You might want to dump those Mickey D's fries onto a plate as soon as you get home. Consumer Reports released an analysis Thursday on packaging at fast-food restaurants and supermarket chains, with a concerning find: Many of the wrappers that hold the fare we pick up at the...

Your New Grocery Store: Panera Bread? Kind Of

Chain hopes to generate incremental revenue through sales of select grocery items

(Newser) - When Panera Bread shifted to takeout and delivery only in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, half its business evaporated, says CEO Niren Chaudhary. This week starts an effort to get some of it back. CNBC reports that as of Monday consumers are able to order some groceries through "...

Krispy Kreme Owners Do Something About 'Disgusting' Past

Reimann family to donate $5.5M to Holocaust survivors after discovery of past Nazi ties

(Newser) - In March, it was reported that ancestors of the Reimann family—whose JAB Holding Co. owns a controlling stake in Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger, and other well-known brands—had used French POWs and Russian civilians as forced laborers under the Nazi regime. Now the family, one of...

Panera Worker Fired After Mac and Cheese Video

Turns out Panera Bread freezes its macaroni and cheese

(Newser) - A Panera Bread employee says she lost her job after she posted a video to social media service TikTok revealing that the restaurant chain freezes its macaroni and cheese. The video , captioned "exposing panera," is overlaid with the text "how panera prepares mac & cheese" and shows...

Out of St. Louis, a Bagel Controversy
St. Louis Bagel 'Secret'
Shakes Up the Internet
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St. Louis Bagel 'Secret' Shakes Up the Internet

Apparently people in the city like them sliced 'bread style'

(Newser) - St. Louis slices its bagels HOW?! A minor scandal has engulfed the internet thanks to this tweet from NOAA employee Alek Krautmann, who said he had recently introduced his co-workers to the "St. Louis secret" way of ordering bagels: "bread sliced." Accompanying the tweet was a photo...

Researcher Spots Huge Holes in Panera's Online Security

Up to 37M customer records may have been exposed

(Newser) - Being light, airy, and full of holes is a good quality in an English muffin. Unfortunately for Panera Bread, their online security system seems to have similar attributes, According to the KrebsOnSecurity blog, a data breach may have exposed as many as 37 million customer records at the bakery chain...

FBI Traces Racist Threat to Panera Bread WiFi for Arrest

John Edgar Rust allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University

(Newser) - The FBI has arrested a white man in his mid-20s who allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University two years ago, and the investigation involved a nifty bit of internet sleuthing. Agents first traced the threat posted on Reddit and 4chan to the wireless internet at a Panera...

When It Comes to Service, McDonald's Isn't No. 1

Survey finds McDonald's is dead last; Chick-fil-A comes out on top

(Newser) - The fast-food industry may not be heralded for Michelin-rated fare, but chains can earn loyalty through the customer service they offer, ensuring consumers keep coming back for their burgers, tacos, and pizzas. And per 24/7 Wall St. , fast-food restaurants bested full-service restaurants for the first time ever on this year'...

Owner of Krispy Kreme Just Bought Panera
Panera Gets a New,
Big-Name Owner

Panera Gets a New, Big-Name Owner

Chain is scooped up by JAB, owner of Krispy Kreme

(Newser) - Panera, meet Krispy Kreme. The sandwich-and-soup chain Panera is being acquired by Europe's JAB Holding for more than $7 billion, reports the AP . JAB is better known for the growing stable of brands it owns or has a big stake in, including Peet's Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee,...

2 Deputies Killed After Man Opens Fire Inside Busy Panera Bread

The suspect was also killed

(Newser) - Two sheriff's deputies are dead after a man opened fire in a busy Panera Bread during lunchtime Wednesday in Maryland, Fox News reports. According to the Washington Post , a deputy was called to the restaurant because a man was acting suspiciously. Fifteen-year-old Sophia Faulkner, who had decided against sitting...

Panera Ditching 150 Artificial Ingredients

Chain draws 'line in the sand'

(Newser) - If you've become accustomed to caprocaprylobehenin in your Panera meals, get unaccustomed. The casual-eating chain announced yesterday it's cutting that artificial ingredient and some 150 others (out of some 465 ingredients currently used) from its menu by the end of 2016 in response to consumer demand, the Wall ...

Panera CEO Is Eating on $4.50 a Day for a Week

Ron Shaich says he can't stop thinking about food

(Newser) - Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich is very hungry. "I can't stop thinking about food," he wrote on his LinkedIn blog yesterday. That's because he was on day 4 of a weeklong challenge to eat on just $4.50 per day. He's doing it to raise...

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