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Fresh risks for Africa's fast food firms

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Harare - While fast food companies in Africa have raked in the money over the past three years, they are facing fresh risks. These range from looming high prices and a potential shortage of meat to job losses in key markets such as Zimbabwe as well as other constraints, such as food imports and rising infrastructure costs.

Average regional sales growth for quick serve businesses such as those running fast food counters for KFC, Nando’s, Chicken Inn and pizza restaurants stands at around 20%, according to experts at Lynton Edwards Stockbrokers.

However, the industry is facing mounting concerns including health fears, with a study carried out by the World Action on Salt and Health saying in December that KFC South Africa’s children burger has the highest amount of salt at 2.91 grams.

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