Three fast-food stocks that make appetizing long-term investments

These companies look to grow through menu innovation, new practices and global expansion.

Vikram Barhat 15 March, 2017 | 5:00PM

There's been plenty going on in the fast-food restaurant industry. As competitive pressures mount, the businesses are adding new ingredients to their growth plans to both remain profitable and retain market dominance.

From global expansion to strategic acquisition, and from periodic menu shuffles to tempting value deals, leading vendors are pulling out all the stops to stay ahead of the curve and head off challenges posed by economic uncertainty and fickle consumer preferences.

That the U.S. fast food restaurant market amassed US$203 billion in revenue in 2015 is a sign that the industry has proven itself to be resilient. By 2020, this figure is projected to reach US$224 billion, climbing higher year after year at a steady clip.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar Rating
Restaurant Brands International Inc81.95 CAD-1.86
Starbucks Corp80.67 USD-1.85
Yum Brands Inc97.50 USD-0.46

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