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The QSR 50

In the $225 billion limited-service restaurant industry, these 50 brands reign supreme.
Biggest quick service restaurant brands build unit counts and system wide sales.
In an attempt to climb out of a same-store-sales growth funk, McDonald’s is refreshing many components of the brand. McDONALD’S

Start to Finish: Amit Kleinberger

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I’ve always loved foodservice. I started my journey with foodservice as a teenager. I worked at a Subway restaurant as a teen. After that I worked at Burger King and some other food establishments. That’s when I really developed a passion for the foodservice industry. I liked it because, in my nature, I’m about making people happy and being around people. The foodservice industry is an industry that really makes people happy.

Start to Finish: Cheryl Bachelder

I came into the quick-service industry working for Tom Monaghan at Domino’s Pizza in 1995. My responsibilities at Domino’s were marketing and product development. I came from a career of marketing and innovation in the grocery industry at Procter & Gamble, Gillette, and Nabisco, and I brought those skills with me to the restaurant industry and helped Domino’s create exciting advertising, promotions, and new products to draw traffic into the restaurants.

The Chef Revolution

The story of the future of the foodservice industry starts with a man, a man who trained to become a chef, a chef who wanted to do things differently. Or maybe it was that all he could afford to do was something different. But in his first restaurant, different is what he did: different service format, different ingredients, different sourcing partners, different idea of what was possible outside of the fine-dining arena.

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Your Future Leaders

These days in the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries, the Millennial reigns supreme. The coveted demographic, approximately 20–35 in age and roughly 80 million members strong in the U.S., is the all-important target whose liberal tastes and propensity for all things digital and social media has forced the industry into a new era of innovation and transparency.

Start to Finish: Paul Damico

My dad managed a large catering operation out in eastern Long Island, New York, and I started working for him I think when I was in the eighth grade. Like everyone else, I got started as a dishwasher, and we would cater four weddings every weekend. Eighth grade, I was washing dishes; ninth grade, I was doing some prep work. By the time I got to tenth grade, I was cooking in the kitchen, and by my senior year, I was running the kitchen. I became enamored with the foodservice industry, probably because I watched my father be so successful at it.

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