Industry Leaders Create Strategic Partnership Established on Shared Values and Future Growth
Panda Express, the world’s largest American Chinese dining concept, is now serving beverages from The
Panda signed a multi-year agreement with
Since the first Panda Inn restaurant opened in 1973, Panda has set out to deliver exceptional dining experiences through a people-first mentality, focusing on its guests, employees and the community.
“As a family-owned and operated company, the relationships we create at Panda Restaurant Group are essential to the exceptional operating culture we have always been known for,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, co-founder and co-CEO, Panda Restaurant Group. “
“Panda Restaurant Group is an exciting addition to the
Founders Andrew Cherng and Master Chef Ming-Tsai Cherng opened the first Panda Inn in Pasadena, Calif. in 1973 with a menu inspired by the flavors of Mandarin and Sichuan cuisine. A decade later, the first Panda Express opened in Glendale, Calif. At first, Panda Express restaurants were found solely in food courts in major shopping malls. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Cherngs began experimenting with supermarket-based branches, through a deal with Vons, before expanding to standalone restaurant locations in 1997. Today, Panda includes locations with drive-thrus, in colleges, sports stadiums and airports, with less than 2% of its restaurants in malls.