US bakery-café chain Panera Bread has announced a significant menu expansion with the introduction of changes entitled New Era. This includes nine brand-new offerings and 12 enhanced classic dishes.

The company has rolled out the changes across all its bakery-cafés nationwide.

The new menu features a selection of sandwiches and salads, with items such as the Toasted Italiano, the Chicken Bacon Rancher and the Ciabatta Cheesesteak.

Panera has also introduced the Tomato Basil BLT, Mediterranean Chicken Greens with Grains, Southwest Chicken Ranch, Balsamic Chicken Greens with Grains, Ranch Cobb Salad and the Bacon Mac & Cheese.

Alongside the new dishes, Panera Bread has revamped 12 existing menu items: the Chipotle Chicken Avo Melt, the Smokehouse BBQ Chicken Sandwich, the Spicy Buffalo Chicken Melt, the Toasted Frontega Chicken Sandwich and the Bravo Club Sandwich.

Other improved offerings are the Grilled Chicken & Avo BLT, the Turkey & Cheddar Sandwich, the Caesar Salad with Chicken, the Greek Salad with Chicken, the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, the Green Goddess Chicken Cobb Salad and the Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad.

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The updated menu is a response to extensive customer feedback and aims to provide more options under $10.

Panera Bread CEO José Alberto Dueñas said: “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.

“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.”