The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

A growing number of food services companies are realizing ways to accelerate their growth, even if they have mature domestic markets. It's probably the worst-kept secret, but the trick is to go abroad. With so many companies already tapped into the appetite of emerging markets, many investors are rightfully asking themselves if they've already missed the trend. The few first movers have uncovered a gold mine, and now a handful of other big players are getting involved, but there is plenty of bounty to go around. Which companies are going to get the biggest hoard? Austin's best guess is those with strong brands, efficient and focused operations, and a lot of cash to expand as needed. Along those lines, he's looking at McDonald's and Starbucks as the most likely to profit from international expansion. Watch the video below to learn more.

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