Special Report | August 2011 | By Sam Oches

Top 50 Unit Breakdown Sorted by 2010 Company 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 Number of Franchised Units in 2010 Number of Company Units in 2010 Total Units in 2010 Total Change in Units from 2009
5 Starbucks* snack 4,424 6,707 11,131 0
1 McDonald’s burger 12,477 1,550 14,027 47
4 Wendy’s* burger 5,182 1,394 6,576 35
22 Panda Express asian 28 1,308 1,336 62
6 Taco Bell mexican 4,389 1,245 5,634 30
14 Arby’s sandwich 2,505 1,144 3,649 -69
18 Chipotle mexican 0 1,084 1,084 129
15 Jack in the Box burger 1,250 956 2,206 -6
3 Burger King*2 burger 6,380 873 7,253 3
9 KFC chicken 4,275 780 5,055 -107
13 Panera Bread sandwich 791 662 1,453 73
17 Papa John’s pizza/pasta 2,280 591 2871 90
24 Little Caesars* pizza/pasta 2,250 550 2,800 152
25 Whataburger burger 172 545 717 15
41 Boston Market* chicken 0 491 491 -29
43 Sbarro* pizza/pasta 302 476 778 -7
19 Hardee’s* burger 1,226 466 1,692 -64
8 Pizza Hut pizza/pasta 7,083 459 7,542 -24
10 Sonic burger 3,117 455 3,572 28
12 Domino’s Pizza* pizza/pasta 4,479 450 4,929 2
23 Carl’s Jr.* burger 674 423 1,097 11
40 White Castle* burger 0 416 416 -2
27 Steak N Shake* burger 75 412 487 2
48 Einstein Bros. Bagels* sandwich 229 354 583 51
34 Checkers/Rally’s burger 505 299 804 -16
36 Del Taco mexican 234 288 522 6
47 Captain D’s seafood 251 280 531 -4
26 Church’s Chicken chicken 980 270 1,250 24
45 In-N-Out Burger* burger 0 252 252 13
50 Krystal* burger 145 219 364 -20
44 Qdoba mexican 337 188 525 15
31 Bojangles’ chicken 298 186 484 27
38 El Pollo Loco chicken 241 171 412 -3
42 Jason’s Deli sandwich 101 125 226 11
30 Five Guys Burgers & Fries burger 634 102 736 195
28 Zaxby’s chicken 425 89 514 22
11 Chick-fil-A chicken 1,461 76 1,537 57
16 Dairy Queen* burger 4,452 62 4,514 -25
20 Popeyes* chicken 1,542 38 1,580 34
35 Papa Murphy’s pizza/pasta 1,222 33 1,255 84
7 Dunkin' Donuts* snack 6,746 26 6,772 206
29 Jimmy John’s* sandwich 1,107 24 1,131 162
49 Cold Stone Creamery snack 1,100 22 1,122 76
39 CiCi’s Pizza* pizza/pasta 581 13 594 -31
33 Culver’s burger 415 9 424 11
46 Tim Hortons1 snack 598 4 602 39
21 Quiznos* sandwich 3,100 3 3,103 -600
2 Subway* sandwich 23,850 0 23,850 816
32 Long John Silver’s* seafood 964 0 964 -25
37 Baskin Robbins* snack 2,600 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