Yum has a lead in China on its U.S. competition . Burger King (NYSE: BKC) opened its first store a few years ago, while others such as Wendy’s (NYSE: WEN) and Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) only do business in North America, reports Ryan C. Fuhrmann for Investopedia.

A diversified way to gain exposure to fast food is through the PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage (NYSEArca: PBJ), which is up 7.3% year-to-date; YUM is 4.7%.

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Kevin Grewal contributed to this article.