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November 23, 2010 08:44 ET

Equity Research on Starbucks Corp. and Panera Bread Company - Specialty Eateries Gaining Popularity in Emerging Markets

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - November 23, 2010) - offers investors comprehensive research on the specialty eateries industry and has completed analytical research on Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA). Register with us today at to have free access to these researches. 

With food spending around 10% of American's disposable income, the proportion of food budgets spent at home has increased since the onset of the recession. Consumers look to pinch pennies everywhere and this has meant spending less in restaurants and coffee shops around the country. However, as the global economy recovers, some companies within the Specialty Eateries sector are actually looking to open more stores after closing many during the recession. Register now at to have free access to our reports on the specialty eateries industry. is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the specialty eateries industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Starbucks Corp. and Panera Bread Company; investors and shareholders of these companies can simply register for a complimentary membership at

With some companies even opening more than one a day, the primary area of store-growth will be in emerging markets during the next few years. In China, where growth is anticipated from a middle class projected to triple during the next few years, consumers are increasingly looking to spend disposable income on western luxuries. From 2004 to 2009, revenues from Chinese coffee consumption more than tripled. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

Coffee prices for green coffee are currently 50% higher than a year ago causing price hikes for some companies' products. This rise in prices is partly caused by increased demand and consumption across the globe that has outpaced supply. Bad weather in Central and South America has lowered production. Since new trees take approximately five years to begin producing beans, planting new trees would not solve the problem in the short-term. Another reason for the price rise is that many investors are looking to commodities because of inflation and low interest rates offered by the U.S. Government. Historically, coffee consumption has not been affected by price increases though there is some concern that customers may start purchasing lower quality products.

For Q3 2010 was filled with a pleasant coffee aroma as Starbucks Corp. delivered sturdy results with profits jumping as much as 85% to $399.3 million in spite of a challenging macroeconomic environment. On the other hand, restaurant operator Panera Bread Company also posted upbeat results with net income for the quarter climbing up 20.7% at $22.8 million on a revenue growth of 11% to $372 million. Starbucks Corp. and Panera Bread Company research reports are accessible for free by registering today at or

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