Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

INDUSTRIES

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

  • 32053228b4328410VgnVCM200000d6c1a8c0____-Latin Restaurant Chains US-1.jpg

    In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, Juan M. Patino, vice-president of 4JS, the franchisee of El Corral in the U.S., poses for a photo at a Corral restaurant in Miami. Colombian hamburger chain El Corral has over 200 locations in Latin America and arrived to the U.S. in early 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (The Associated Press)

  • 32053228b4328410VgnVCM200000d6c1a8c0____-Latin Restaurant Chains US-2.jpg

    In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, Ismael Telleria, left, prepares an order at El Corral restaurant in Miami. Colombian hamburger chain El Corral has over 200 locations in Latin America and arrived to the U.S. in early 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (The Associated Press)

  • 32053228b4328410VgnVCM200000d6c1a8c0____-Latin Restaurant Chains US-3.jpg

    In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, a hamburger ready for serving is shown at El Corral restaurant in Miami. Colombian hamburger chain El Corral has over 200 locations in Latin America and arrived to the U.S. in early 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (The Associated Press)

  • 32053228b4328410VgnVCM200000d6c1a8c0____-Latin Restaurant Chains US-4.jpg

    In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, customers line up to order lunch at El Corral restaurant in Miami. Colombian hamburger chain El Corral has over 200 locations in Latin America and arrived to the U.S. in early 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (The Associated Press)

  • 32053228b4328410VgnVCM200000d6c1a8c0____-Latin Restaurant Chains US-5.jpg

    In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, customers have lunch at El Corral restaurant in Miami. Colombian hamburger chain El Corral has over 200 locations in Latin America and arrived to the U.S. in early 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (The Associated Press)

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

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.