Special Report | August 2011 | By Sam Oches

Top 50 Sorted by Average Sales Per Unit

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

The QSR 50 highlights the top fast food companies in the nation.
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The much-anticipated annual QSR 50 ranking is here, and at the top of this year’s list is hamburger heavy weight McDonald’s with more than $32 billion in systemwide sales in the U.S. during fiscal 2010.

For in-depth analysis on all 50 brands on this year’s list, click the Profiles link in the yellow box above.

The main chart below allows you to customize the QSR 50 to your data-mining needs. Click the top of each column to sort. Then explore the industry by segments using the yellow navigation box above.


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QSR 50 Rank Company Segment 2010 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions) 2010 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands) Total Units in 2010 Total Change in Units from 2009
11 Chick-fil-A chicken $3,582.5 $2,694.4 1,537 57
1 McDonald’s burger $32,395.0 $2,400.0 14,027 47
42 Jason’s Deli sandwich $503.2 $2,226.6 226 11
13 Panera Bread sandwich $3,100.0 $2,200.0 1,453 73
45 In-N-Out Burger* burger $472.5 $1,925.0 252 13
18 Chipotle mexican $1,840.0 $1,800.0 1,084 129
25 Whataburger burger $1,225.7 $1,709.0 717 15
33 Culver’s burger $689.1 $1,641.2 424 11
27 Steak N Shake* burger $786.6 $1,590.0 487 2
31 Bojangles’ chicken $712.8 $1,573.3 484 27
28 Zaxby’s chicken $777.6 $1,548.0 514 22
4 Wendy’s* burger $8,340.0 $1,418.0 6,576 35
38 El Pollo Loco chicken $557.0 $1,400.0 412 -3
23 Carl’s Jr.* burger $1,310.0 $1,375.0 1,097 11
15 Jack in the Box burger $2,934.8 $1,322.0 2,206 -6
40 White Castle* burger $542.1 $1,300.0 416 -2
6 Taco Bell mexican $6,900.0 $1,288.0 5,634 30
3 Burger King*2 burger $8,600.0 $1,230.0 7,253 3
30 Five Guys Burgers & Fries burger $716.0 $1,139.0 736 195
36 Del Taco mexican $579.0 $1,100.0 522 6
22 Panda Express asian $1,404.5 $1,093.5 1,336 62
5 Starbucks* snack $7,560.0 $1,060.0 11,131 0
19 Hardee’s* burger $1,695.00 $1,054.0 1,692 -64
20 Popeyes* chicken $1,635.0 $1,053.0 1,580 34
50 Krystal* burger $377.3 $1,036.0 364 -20
10 Sonic burger $3,619.9 $1,023.0 3,572 28
41 Boston Market* chicken $513.0 $1,015.0 491 -29
48 Einstein Bros. Bagels* sandwich $400.4 $988.0 583 51
46 Tim Hortons1 snack $439.2 $978.0 602 39
9 KFC chicken $4,700.0 $933.0 5,055 -107
39 CiCi’s Pizza* pizza/pasta $545.0 $906.0 594 -31
44 Qdoba mexican $480.8 $883.0 525 15
17 Papa John’s pizza/pasta $2,081.8 $863.0 2871 90
8 Pizza Hut pizza/pasta $5,400.0 $855.0 7,542 -24
7 Dunkin' Donuts* snack $6,000.0 $839.0 6,772 206
14 Arby’s sandwich $3,010.0 $838.0 3,649 -69
34 Checkers/Rally’s burger $658.7 $830.4 804 -16
47 Captain D’s seafood $436.2 $819.0 531 -4
29 Jimmy John’s* sandwich $735.0 $753.0 1,131 162
26 Church’s Chicken chicken $872.7 $695.0 1,250 24
12 Domino’s Pizza* pizza/pasta $3,305.6 $657.0 4,929 2
32 Long John Silver’s* seafood $700.0 $655.0 964 -25
43 Sbarro* pizza/pasta $501.5 $623.0 778 -7
16 Dairy Queen* burger $2,660.0 $540.0 4,514 -25
35 Papa Murphy’s pizza/pasta $648.8 $538.5 1,255 84
24 Little Caesars* pizza/pasta $1,253.0 $460.0 2,800 152
2 Subway* sandwich $10,600.0 $452.0 23,850 816
21 Quiznos* sandwich $1,430.0 $420.0 3,103 -600
49 Cold Stone Creamery snack $385.7 $344.0 1,122 76
37 Baskin Robbins* snack $565.0 $220.0 2,600 55

*Includes figures estimated by Technomic, Inc.

1. Systemwide sales from franchised units only

2. Total change in units calculated from data reported in 2010 QSR 50