The Global 30

A Closer Look: QSR has been reporting on the largest companies in the quick-service segment for nearly 15 years. But the QSR 50 only tells a portion of our industry’s story. Beyond our borders, there is a world of opportunity. Our readers recognize it, and this year’s Global 30 is QSR’s first foray into calculating just how large those opportunities are.

The Global 30 is meant to be a guide to international expansion for domestic companies looking to grow, as well as a directory of the world’s strongest brands for potential international franchisees looking to tap into a perfected system. Like our domestic list, the Global 30 ranks quick-serve and fast-casual companies by systemwide sales. For the international list, however, the sales are only from non-U.S. units, and the companies are all U.S.-based.

ChainNon-U.S. Systemwide Sales (Millions)Average Sales Per Unit (Thousands)Number of Non-U.S. Franchised UnitsNumber of Non-U.S. Company UnitsTotal Non-U.S. UnitsChange in Non-U.S. Storessort ascending
Church's Chicken328.0723.04430443-17
Seattle's Best Coffee32.4231.714001400
Arby's81.7696.912701271
Charley's Grilled Subs31.6643.0530531
Marble Slab Creamery25.6206.812401242
Mrs. Fields20.4215.0990992
TCBY15.882.018801885
Quiznos229.7358.2660066010
Fatburger28.8757.43713812
Taco Bell*300.01,071.4277328018
Smoothie King43.6529.467299620
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf273.0476.04699956823
Wendy's*2820.01,142.135036871825
Auntie Anne's58.0194.1311031126
Pinkberry28.0757.03703728
Sbarro200.0700.0400240238
Cold Stone Creamery107.0550.0374037441
Dunkin' Donuts*636.7207.53,06803,06843
Krispy Kreme*383.5833.7460046043
Papa John's*42.259.66882170974
Cinnabon114.0260.9437043778
Dairy Queen*640.0413.41,54801,548164
Burger King*26,050.01,171.6005,164166
Domino's Pizza*3,500.0752.74,65004,650228
Baskin-Robbins*1,292.0303.74,25404,254368
Pizza Hut*5,500.0869.84,8821,4416,323433
Starbucks*12,626.1422.506,2166,216489
McDonald's*51,800.02,667.514,5324,88719,419709
Subway*5,200.0464.411,198011,1981089
KFC*17,600.01,339.28,9234,21913,1421344

*Includes QSR estimates / 1 Starbucks unit count includes both company and licensed stores / 2 Includes figures estimated by Technomic Inc. / Notes: Systemwide sales and AUVs are based on 2011 financial results. Change in unit counts represents the change from 2010 to 2011. Data was compiled from a variety of sources.

Methodology: The data for the Global 30 was gathered between October 20 and December 20, 2012. All quick-service brands were asked to participate by completing an online form found on QSRmagazine.com. Missing data was researched and compiled using the most recent financial statement of the company. Estimates are made based on financial report research and domestic QSR 50 figures.

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