Starbucks’ efforts to improve its food offerings are paying off, and the non-beverage side of its menu offers significant growth potential, executives said Thursday after the company reported a 34-percent increase in profit for the fourth quarter. In a call with analysts, officials with Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. said food sales contributed about 2 percentage points to the 8-percent increase in same-store sales among U.S. locations during the Sept. 29-ended quarter, ...

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