When SA actually had money and consumers felt good about the economy and the future, fast-food stocks were the flavour of the month. Succulent growth and profits were the order of the day for many a year.

Investors in listed counters Famous Brands, Spur Corp and Taste Holdings enjoyed the fruits of their ever-extending reach and menu appeal to customers. Aggressive expansion plans were hatched and, in some instances, a big dollop of offshore flavour was added to the recipe...

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