It appears Starbucks has shut off beer and wine sales in 400 of their stores around the country, apparently ending their two-year experiment with drawing more customers to their shops for evening beverages. The company now plans to focus more of that effort on building the day part base and expanding their new premium Roasteries around the country.  I suspect we’ve also all seen news coverage of the announcement this week that McDonalds is selling off their Hong Kong and mainland China operations for just over $2 Billion!  And lastly, we noted this week that Smuckers is hiking the cost of their packaged coffee by an average of 6 percent. The increase comes just 8 months after the company cut their coffee costs by 6% in the face of ample supplies last summer.