In 2012, Chick-fil-A surpassed KFC to become the best-selling chicken chain, Jimmy John’s and Five Guys joined the billion-dollar-brands club, and fast-growing Wingstop and Moe’s Southwest Grill climbed into the limited-service industry’s upper echelon for the first time. McDonald’s, meanwhile, maintained its stranglehold on the No. 1 position, nearly tripling runner-up Subway’s domestic sales. Dig deep into the data driving the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries with this year’s QSR 50.

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RankQSR 50 RankSegmentChain2012 Sales2012 Average Sales2012 Franchise Units2012 Company Units2012 Total Units2011 Unit Change
319chickenPopeyes Louisiana Kitchen$2,253.0$1,242.0163445167969
528chickenChurch's Chicken$869.9$706.59442581,20210
741chickenEl Pollo Loco*$563.0$1,475.02321653973
842chickenBoston Market$559.0$1,184.00469469-12
*Includes figures estimated by Technomic Inc.
Consumer Trends, Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru, Emerging Concepts, Fast Casual, Growth, Menu Innovations, Special Reports, Bojangles, Boston Market, Chick-fil-A, Church's Chicken, El Pollo Loco, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeyes, Wingstop, Zaxby's