Special Report | August 2011 | By Sam Oches

Top 50 Sorted by Rank

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

*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