Special Report | August 2012 | By Sam Oches

The QSR 50

These 50 brands are setting the pace in the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries.

These 50 brands are setting the pace in the quick-service industry.
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How high did Five Guys climb? What newcomers are shaking up the ranks? And can anybody beat McDonald’s? Find all of the industry answers you need in this year’s QSR 50, the most important report you'll read all year.

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QSR 50 RankCompany/Chain Name2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Total Units in 2011Total Change in Units from 2010sort ascending
26Quiznos*$921.6$345.02,503-334
3Starbucks*1$9,750.0$1,140.010,821-310
9KFC$4,500.0$940.04,780-275
14Arby’s$3,021.9$854.03,437-86
49Sbarro$420.0$690.0611-70
45Baskin-Robbins*$495.9$200.02,457-43
5Burger King*$8,400.0$1,248.07,231-33
28Church’s Chicken$864.3$698.61,212-33
35Long John Silver’s*$635.0$670.0932-32
16Dairy Queen*$2,660.0$545.06,187-26
12Domino’s Pizza*$3,437.9$679.04,907-22
43CiCi’s Pizza$516.0$895.4573-21
34Checkers/Rally’s$669.0$852.0780-18
38El Pollo Loco*$545.0$1,425.0394-18
48Captain D’s$433.3$832.0519-12
11Sonic Drive-In$3,692.8$1,037.03,561-11
40Boston Market$532.0$1,102.0481-10
50Krystal*$404.9$1,121.0357-7
36White Castle$631.7$1,250.3410-5
19Hardee’s$2,100.0$1,100.01,9213
30Steak ‘n Shake*$823.9$1,650.04914
41Krispy Kreme*$531.7$2,290.02345
37Del Taco$590.7$1,100.053210
24Whataburger$1,311.2$1,801.072811
39Jason’s Deli$534.1$2,200.023312
44In-N-Out Burger*$498.5$1,925.026614
15Jack in the Box$2,946.3$1,331.02,22115
4Wendy’s*$8,500.0$1,456.06,59418
32Culver’s$747.1$1,712.944420
31Bojangles’$767.4$1,600.150621
29Zaxby’s$840.0$1,597.254026
6Taco Bell$7,000.0$1,284.05,67036
47Einstein Bros. Bagels$439.0$884.053440
33Papa Murphy’s$695.9$559.51,28342
20Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen*$1,720.0$1,133.81,62758
42Qdoba Mexican Grill$528.7$961.058358
8Pizza Hut$5,500.0$875.07,60058
22Carl’s Jr.$1,500.0$1,400.01,11664
10Chick-fil-A$4,051.0$2,893.51,60669
1McDonald’s$34,172.0$2,500.014,09871
13Panera Bread$3,400.0$2,304.31,54188
21Panda Express$1,570.8$1,157.01,42097
46Tim Hortons$473.0$1,069.0714112
7Dunkin’ Donuts*$6,500.0$850.07,015115
18Papa John’s$2,213.6$786.03,001130
17Chipotle Mexican Grill2$2,270.0$2,013.01,225150
25Five Guys Burgers & Fries$950.6$1,156.0918182
27Jimmy John’s*$895.0$821.81,329199
23Little Caesars*$1,480.0$465.03,518305
2Subway*$11,400.0$469.024,722872