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