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Pepsi's Got a Lot to Give in Fast-Food Offerings

Coca-Cola has fountain-beverage accounts with McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW) and Subway. Pepsi has Yum Brands (YUM) restaurants, which include Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. (Of course, Yum Brands resulted from a Pepsi spinoff.) In fact, Pepsi was the drink provider in Subway restaurants before it was replaced in 2005 by Coca-Cola. At that time, Coca-Cola had a 68% market share of the domestic fountain-beverage market.

Pepsi continues to be a great investment opportunity. There are calls for the company to split its beverage and snack food business, but Pepsi continues to fight against such a move. At the start of the year, I chose Pepsi as one of my top 10 stock picks for 2014. With additional entries into restaurants through its beverage and food offerings, Pepsi may be best served by keeping its units together.

At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

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This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

Author holds no positions in any company mentioned. Chris Katje has been fascinated with the stock market since a young age. That passion turned into a freelance writing career that began in 2008. Mr. Katje has seen his work appear on Seeking Alpha, the Motley Fool, The Street, and Variety. Chris's annual top ten stock picks list continues to beat the market and grow in popularity. You can follow Chris on Twitter (@chriskatje).
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