Panera is launching warm Grain Bowls featuring a medley of whole grains, crisp greens, vegetables and lean protein infused with bold, internationally-inspired flavors and sauces. The new Baja warm Grain Bowl and Mediterranean warm Grain Bowl – both available with or without chicken – mark Panera’s entry into the grain bowl category.
The introduction of grain bowls is the next step in Panera’s evolving mission to offer more grains, plants, and proteins on its menu.
“With the launch of our Baja and Mediterranean warm Grain Bowls, Panera is at the forefront of bringing on-trend bowls to consumers across America, at scale. Interest in bowls that feature an abundance of nutrient-dense, fresh, layered ingredients, lean protein, veggies, grains, and flavorful sauces – is on the rise. We believe this product is the best example of what we stand for when we say ‘good and good for you.’ Panera’s warm Grain Bowls deliver on consumer demand for options that are both hearty and nutritious, that they can feel good about, without compromise,” said Dan Wegiel, EVP chief growth and strategy officer at Panera.
Panera’s made-to-order grain bowls are available in two varieties, Baja and Mediterranean. They are designed to fit into a flexitarian diet or add chicken raised without antibiotics for a protein-rich meal with a total of at least 29 grams of protein.
“Our new grain bowls come to life with globally-inspired flavors that are both bold and complex – crafted with layers of fresh, authentic ingredients sourced from our extensive pantry of more than 400 clean ingredients. When we create a new menu item, the most important consideration for Panera is taste. It has to be delicious and crave-worthy, but we never lose sight of the good-for-you element. Panera’s warm Grain Bowls marry nutrient-dense grains, vegetables, and proteins designed to nourish and fulfill while making your taste buds hum,” said Sara Burnett, Panera vice president of Wellness and Food Policy.
Panera’s new Warm Grain Bowls are available nationwide in Panera bakery-cafes, on Panera’s e-commerce site, via the Panera app and through delivery partners that include DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats.