(This 52-week high article updated with closing prices.)

NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- A roster of food and beverage companies, including

Burger King

(BKC)

,

Anheuser-Busch Inbev

(BUD) - Get Report

and

McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

, hit fresh 52-week highs on Wednesday.

Burger King shares touched an annual high of $23.68 in morning trading, and closed just a penny below that at $23.67.

Burger King agreed last week to be taken private by New York-based hedge fund 3G Capital for $24 per share

. It will be the second time in less than a decade its shares will no longer trade on an exchange.

>> Burger King Agrees to Buyout

With the economy still very much in recovery mode and

the jobs market stubbornly weak

, consumers continue to be choosy about how they spend their limited discretionary funds. For the restaurant industry, that means the competition is stiffer than ever, and some dining establishments are bound to go bust.

>> Bankruptcy Watch: 20 Riskiest Restaurant Stocks

Industry giant McDonald's hit a new high of $76.26 Wednesday afternoon, after

pushing its record price-per-share to $75.98 on Tuesday

. The stock finished the session at $76.08, up 28 cents.

Fast-food sector darling

Chipotle Mexican Grill

(CMG) - Get Report

topped its record high, peaking at$167.04 on Wednesday.

Yum! Brands

(YUM) - Get Report

hit a new high for the second day in row, reaching $44.89.

In the alcoholic beverage sector,

Anheuser-Busch Inbev

(BUD) - Get Report

and

Craft Brewers Alliance

( HOOK) each tapped fresh 52-week highs Wednesday as well, to $55.98 and $8, respectively.

>> Craft Brewers Taps Another 52-Week High

Craft's shares have risen steadily in recent months amid speculation that

Anheuser-Busch may be angling to acquire Craft Brewers

.

In the soft beverage sector,

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

(GMCR)

reached a record-high of $34.20 Wednesday after the Vermont company

announced a price increase on some of its coffee products

. The stock finished the day up 7.6% at $33.58.

Natural drink makers

Hain Celestial

(HAIN) - Get Report

and

Hansen Natural

( HANS) reached 52-week highs for the second consecutive session, reaching $24.73 and $47.96, respectively, on Wednesday.

National Beverage

(FIZZ) - Get Report

also set a new highwater mark of $15 for the past year.

Spice maker

McCormick

's

(MKC) - Get Report

shares rose as high as $41.08, a 52-week high, just after midday. The stock ended at $41.02, tacking on 45 cents.

Convenience store operators

Casey's General Stores

(CASY) - Get Report

and

Pantry

(PTRY)

also hit fresh 52-week highs Wednesday, the second consecutive session for Casey's. Casey's shares rose to $43.67 while Pantry reached $21.84.

Online restaurant reservation service

OpenTable

(OPEN)

peaked at $56.48.

-- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York.

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