Special Report | August 2011 | By Sam Oches

Top 50 Unit Breakdown Sorted by 2010 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 Number of Franchised Units in 2010 Number of Company Units in 2010 Total Units in 2010 Total Change in Units from 2009
2 Subway* sandwich 23,850 0 23,850 816
1 McDonald’s burger 12,477 1,550 14,027 47
5 Starbucks* snack 4,424 6,707 11,131 0
8 Pizza Hut pizza/pasta 7,083 459 7,542 -24
3 Burger King*2 burger 6,380 873 7,253 3
7 Dunkin' Donuts* snack 6,746 26 6,772 206
4 Wendy’s* burger 5,182 1,394 6,576 35
6 Taco Bell mexican 4,389 1,245 5,634 30
9 KFC chicken 4,275 780 5,055 -107
12 Domino’s Pizza* pizza/pasta 4,479 450 4,929 2
16 Dairy Queen* burger 4,452 62 4,514 -25
14 Arby’s sandwich 2,505 1,144 3,649 -69
10 Sonic burger 3,117 455 3,572 28
21 Quiznos* sandwich 3,100 3 3,103 -600
17 Papa John’s pizza/pasta 2,280 591 2871 90
24 Little Caesars* pizza/pasta 2,250 550 2,800 152
37 Baskin Robbins* snack 2,600 0 2,600 55
15 Jack in the Box burger 1,250 956 2,206 -6
19 Hardee’s* burger 1,226 466 1,692 -64
20 Popeyes* chicken 1,542 38 1,580 34
11 Chick-fil-A chicken 1,461 76 1,537 57
13 Panera Bread sandwich 791 662 1,453 73
22 Panda Express asian 28 1,308 1,336 62
35 Papa Murphy’s pizza/pasta 1,222 33 1,255 84
26 Church’s Chicken chicken 980 270 1,250 24
29 Jimmy John’s* sandwich 1,107 24 1,131 162
49 Cold Stone Creamery snack 1,100 22 1,122 76
23 Carl’s Jr.* burger 674 423 1,097 11
18 Chipotle mexican 0 1,084 1,084 129
32 Long John Silver’s* seafood 964 0 964 -25
34 Checkers/Rally’s burger 505 299 804 -16
43 Sbarro* pizza/pasta 302 476 778 -7
30 Five Guys Burgers & Fries burger 634 102 736 195
25 Whataburger burger 172 545 717 15
46 Tim Hortons1 snack 598 4 602 39
39 CiCi’s Pizza* pizza/pasta 581 13 594 -31
48 Einstein Bros. Bagels* sandwich 229 354 583 51
47 Captain D’s seafood 251 280 531 -4
44 Qdoba mexican 337 188 525 15
36 Del Taco mexican 234 288 522 6
28 Zaxby’s chicken 425 89 514 22
41 Boston Market* chicken 0 491 491 -29
27 Steak N Shake* burger 75 412 487 2
31 Bojangles’ chicken 298 186 484 27
33 Culver’s burger 415 9 424 11
40 White Castle* burger 0 416 416 -2
38 El Pollo Loco chicken 241 171 412 -3
50 Krystal* burger 145 219 364 -20
45 In-N-Out Burger* burger 0 252 252 13
42 Jason’s Deli sandwich 101 125 226 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