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Starbucks' (SBUX) Secret Weapon

|Includes: McDonald's Corporation (MCD), SBUX, YUM

Be sure to check out our detailed stock analysis (click here). As many have wondered, how can Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) continue to grow if it's on every street corner in America? The answer lies in Asia. Try finding a Starbucks in Asia outside the major shopping malls and the major cities. It's very difficult, most likely impossible, let alone find one on every street corner like in the US.

Meanwhile, China has not been treating the likes of McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) and Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) very well. Chicken supply and food safety concerns have pressured both companies. China's state television CCTV reported that two poultry farms that supply chickens to Yum!'s KFC had fed chickens with unapproved levels of antibiotics. Although the issue really only impacted KFC, the pressure extended to McDonald's as consumer confidence in food quality at many restaurants was brought into question.

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