South American fast-food chains use Florida as gateway to the US market

Industries Associated Press

Latin American restaurant chains are opening locations in Florida in hopes of expanding throughout the United States.

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Colombian coffee house Juan Valdez, hamburger chain El Corral and Brazilian chain Giraffas are among the companies that have opened stores in Florida.

America's fast-food and fast-casual restaurants generate a combined $231 billion annually in sales, so these chains see a big opportunity.

And they are courting Americans across the board, not just Latin American immigrants.