Special Report | August 2011 | By Sam Oches

Top 50 Unit Breakdown Sorted by Segment

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

*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