The Global 30

A Closer Look: QSR has been reporting on the largest companies in the quick-service segment for nearly 15 years. But the QSR 50 only tells a portion of our industry’s story. Beyond our borders, there is a world of opportunity. Our readers recognize it, and this year’s Global 30 is QSR’s first foray into calculating just how large those opportunities are.

The Global 30 is meant to be a guide to international expansion for domestic companies looking to grow, as well as a directory of the world’s strongest brands for potential international franchisees looking to tap into a perfected system. Like our domestic list, the Global 30 ranks quick-serve and fast-casual companies by systemwide sales. For the international list, however, the sales are only from non-U.S. units, and the companies are all U.S.-based.

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RankCompanyNon-U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)Average Sales per Unit (thousands)sort ascendingNumber of Non-U.S. Franchised UnitsNumber of Non-U.S. Company UnitsTotal Non-U.S. UnitsChange in Non-U.S. Stores
23Pizza Inn$17.2$792
25Popeye's Lousiana Kitchen*$10.5$26.6397039761
20Papa John's$33.2$43.97342175586
32Nathan's Famous*$1.4$62.2230233
24TCBY Frozen Yogurt*$15.8$82.0193019313
26Carvel Ice Cream*#$10.3$294.03503511
16Cold Stone Creamery$107.0$321.03330333139
21Smoothie King$30.0$400.0106010615
10Dairy Queen*#$433.1$540.08020802154
22Charley's Grilled Subs$28.2$541.85105115
6Domino's Pizza$2,900.0$655.24,42204,422350
29Five Guys Burgers and Fries$4.6$657.17077
14Church's Chicken & Texas Chicken$298.0$678.0460046028
12Krispy Kreme*$325.2$779.9417041759
4Pizza Hut*$4,800.0$814.94,5701,3205,890175
31Captain D's*#$2.5$819.03
11CKE Restaurants$353.9$1,027.4359035921
19Fatburger North America$34.0$1,030.33313418
7Starbucks Coffee Company#?$2,288.8$1,060.005,7275,727220
13Taco Bell*$300.0$1,145.0260226211
3Burger King Corp.$6,200.0$1,300.04,5274714,998170
27Panera Bread*#$6.6$2,200.00330

QSR estimate
# Domestic QSR 50 AUV
? Starbucks unit counts include both company and licensed stores
Notes: Systemwide sales and AUVs are based on 2010 financial results. Change in unit counts represents the change from 2009 to 2010. Data was compiled from a variety of sources.

Methodology: The data for the Global 30 was gathered between September 23 and December 1, 2011. All companies listed in the traditional QSR 50 (August 2011 issue) were asked to participate by completing an online form found on Missing data was researched and compiled using the most recent financial statement of the company. Estimates are made based on financial report research and domestic QSR 50 figures.

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