Following in the footsteps of Starbucks, PF Changs and Burger King, Arby’s will consider licensing sauces, salads and lunch meats on supermarket aisles.

Capital.gr report the premium sandwich chain is interested in licensing options to make money as in-store purchases are dropping. Arby’s was contacted by Nancy Bailey & Associates Inc. about producing branded products for supermarkets. Nancy Bailey & Associates represents retails companies including Procter & Gamble Co.’s Tide and Mr. Clean.

Restaurants are often hesitant to license supermarket items assuming consumers will replace a visit to the restaurant with a visit to the supermarket. Sources say that’s not the case, instead consumers use the licensed product to replace a similar frozen food item.

The licensing agreement would help Arby’s, a company that has taken a hit financially since the economic downturn. Arby’s systemwide same-store sales fell over 10 percent in the first quarter of 2010.

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Source: English.Capital.Gr