Without a doubt, pizza is an American fixture. From Chicago-style deep dishes to New Jersey's tomato pies to small-town thin crusts, pizza is as customary in the States as are hamburgers and french fries. And since we like pizza so much, we seem to be in the middle of a trend of sharing our tomato-lovin' wealth with the rest of the world.
Through the first two quarters of fiscal 2005, Domino's Pizza
And let us not forget Papa John's
Because of international expansion, particularly in China, Papa John's has seen its stock rise by 70% over the past year. Domino's is following close behind, with a 50% uptick in the past year. Meanwhile, Yum! Brands has given investors a decent return by rising 21% in the past year. All three of these companies have had market-pounding returns over the past few years.
With China's population of more than 1.3 billion and a new child being born every two seconds, Foolish investors have a good reason to like the prospects of companies that are catering to international pizza-eaters. Given such enormous growth potential, all three fully loaded companies might be worth ordering for your portfolio.
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Fool contributor Jeremy MacNealy does not own shares of any companies mentioned.