Special Report | August 2011 | By Sam Oches

Top 50 Sorted by Total Units

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

*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