Special Report | August 2014

The QSR 50

The top 50 brands in quick service and fast casual.

The quick-service restaurant industry continues to evolve, and that’s no more evident than in the QSR 50. Last year, Panera Bread inched closer to the top 10, while fellow fast casual Chipotle padded its sales by nearly half a billion dollars to climb to spot No. 15. Chick-fil-A put more space between it and competitor KFC, while Starbucks used a product diversification strategy to gain ground on No. 2 brand Subway. Meanwhile, McAlister’s Deli entered the top 50 for the first time, Zaxby’s crossed the billion-dollar threshold, and McDonald’s struggled to find consistency as the growing demand for premium products threatened to steal market share. Dig deep into the data driving the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries with this year’s QSR 50.

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RankCompany/Chain Name2013 U.S. Systemwide Sales (Millions)2013 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Franchised Units in 2013Number of Company Units in 2013Total Units in 2013Total Change in Units from 2012sort ascending
38Quiznos *$601.0$360.01,40041,404-531
12 (tie)Sonic Drive-In$3,800.0$1,109.03,1263963,522-34
5Burger King *$8,502.5$1,200.07,103527,155-28
4Wendy's *$8,787.0$1,510.04,7451,0465,791-26
33Long John Silver's$663.0$745.08900890-21
40Qdoba Mexican Grill$592.6$1,017.0317296613-12
36White Castle$612.4$1,268.20400400-6
30Church's Chicken$855.4$713.79462581,204-4
35Del Taco$622.5$1,136.3247300547-4
19Dairy Queen *$2,985.0$659.04,52734,530-2
16Jack in the Box 1$3,108.5$1,380.91,7864652,2511
49Captain D's *$477.5$920.02432785214
46Baskin-Robbins 1$513.0$207.92,46072,4674
37El Pollo Loco *$604.0$1,500.02371654025
42Jason's Deli$588.0$2,399.81061422486
39Boston Market$600.9$1,298.004604609
50McAlister's Deli$459.0$1,511.4275463219
34Krispy Kreme *$626.0$2,565.01559424910
44In-N-Out Burger *$558.2$1,955.0029129111
29Steak 'n Shake$895.0$1,750.010341551822
47Jamba Juice$500.0$737.053526880329
14Carl's Jr./Hardee's$3,400.0$1,310.01,9648942,85831
48Moe's Southwest Grill$498.2$1,007.0524452845
43Einstein Bros. Bagels 2$573.0$895.039245985154
41Tim Hortons *$589.5$1,125.0857285955
12 (tie)Domino's Pizza$3,800.0$762.14,5963904,98658
45Wingstop *$540.2$974.05692459360
25Five Guys Burgers & Fries *$1,138.2$1,027.08053151,12060
31Papa Murphy's *$779.7$577.01,327691,39667
22Panda Express $1,989.9$1,285.0601,5261,58672
6Taco Bell$7,800.0$1,406.04,8788915,76974
20Papa John's$2,494.8$837.02,5426653,20776
8Pizza Hut$5,700.0$861.07,3554917,84690
11Panera Bread$4,284.0$2,465.09108671,777125
21Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen$2,179.7$1,298.02,172532,225126
15Chipotle Mexican Grill *$3,169.0$2,169.001,5951,595185
18Little Caesars *$3,025.0$800.03,3105803,890217
24Jimmy John's$1,466.7$878.81,774281,802242
3Starbucks *$11,723.0$1,310.04,4087,04911,457329
7Dunkin' Donuts$6,700.0$872.77,648297,677371
2Subway *$12,735.0$490.026,427026,427878
*Includes figures estimated by Technomic Inc. 1Includes figures estimated by QSR 2Franchised unit count includes licensed units
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