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    Panera Bread sold for more than $7 billion


    ST. LOUIS (AP) – Panera is being acquired by Europe’s JAB Holding Co. for more than $7 billion.

    JAB is better known for the growing stable of brands it owns, including a controlling stake in Peet’s Coffee & Tea, most of Caribou Coffee Co., Stumptown Coffee and Keurig Green Mountain.

    JAB will pay $315 per Panera Bread Co. share. The transaction, which includes approximately $340 million of debt, is expected to close in the third quarter.

    Panera is based in St. Louis.