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by Arcobasso Foods
Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 8:53AM EDT

St. Louis, MO - Arcobasso Foods, a leading producer of custom dressings and sauces for a variety of customers in the food industry, recently announced results of a study that found the Panera Bread Dressings brand to be the fastest growing among the top 10 brands in the refrigerated dressings category. This bucks the trend of relatively flat growth in the salad dressings category overall.

Refrigerated dressings, when combined with food categories such as fresh produce, can extend this growth trend to those categories. “Many grocers are taking advantage of this growth in refrigerated dressings to help spur sales in their fresh foods category,” commented Pat Newsham, president of Arcobasso Foods. “By simply adding the Panera salad dressing line to their product mix, grocers and retailers can see an immediate impact to their bottom line,” he added.

The Panera Bread brand attracts a base of loyal customers wherever it is offered, enhancing the opportunity for grocery and retail stores. Panera offers a variety of refrigerated salad dressings for retail sale in the same flavors the company serves to customers in their restaurants throughout the United States. Arcobasso is also developing a series of new Panera café dressing flavors that will be introduced in the near future.

About Panera Bread

Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,591 bakery-cafes as of June 26, 2012, under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. They feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. With an identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, Panera is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of their bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by antibiotic-free chicken, whole grain bread, and select organic and all-natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Their menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, Panera customers enjoy a warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor, and free Internet access. Their bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. For more information, visit www.panerabread.com.

About Arcobasso Foods

Arcobasso Foods Manufacturing Company is a St. Louis-based full-service custom manufacturer and bottler of salad dressings, sauces, and marinades. The company has 25 years of quality and consistent food manufacturing in addition to its track record of assisting numerous customers in the development of new taste ideas. The company serves restaurants, convenience store chains, grocery store chains, other food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Always focused on food quality and safety, Arcobasso operates an SQF Level 2 certified facility. Arcobasso offers multiple packaging options including plastic PET, glass, and portion control units. For more information, visit www.arcobasso.com.

Source: Arcobasso Foods

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