Analyst: Coffee segment set for strong 2012

A Jefferies & Company report predicts sales growth of up to 10 percent this year for major coffee chain brands

The coffeehouse segment is poised for a banner year due to rising same-store sales, more stable coffee prices and a boom in consumer packaged goods revenue led by price increases and “K-Cup” individual-brewing sales, according to a report from Jefferies & Company Inc.

Andy Barish, equity analyst for Jefferies, projected sales growth between 8 percent and 10 percent for the coffeehouse segment this year.

“In the currently mixed consumer sales environment,

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