The QSR 50

    These 50 brands are setting the pace in the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries.

    How high did Five Guys climb? What newcomers are shaking up the ranks? And can anybody beat McDonald’s? Find all of the industry answers you need in this year’s QSR 50, the most important report you'll read all year.

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    QSR 50 Rank COMPANY/CHAIN NAME 2011 U.S. SYSTEMWIDE SALES (MILLIONS) 2011 U.S. AVERAGE SALES PER UNIT (THOUSANDS) NUMBER OF TOTAL UNITS IN 2011 TOTAL CHANGE IN UNITS FROM 2010
    45 Baskin-Robbins* $495.9 $200.0 2,457 -43
    26 Quiznos* $921.6 $345.0 2,503 -334
    23 Little Caesars* $1,480.0 $465.0 3,518 305
    2 Subway* $11,400.0 $469.0 24,722 872
    16 Dairy Queen* $2,660.0 $545.0 6,187 -26
    33 Papa Murphy’s $695.9 $559.5 1,283 42
    35 Long John Silver’s* $635.0 $670.0 932 -32
    12 Domino’s Pizza* $3,437.9 $679.0 4,907 -22
    49 Sbarro $420.0 $690.0 611 -70
    28 Church’s Chicken $864.3 $698.6 1,212 -33
    18 Papa John’s $2,213.6 $786.0 3,001 130
    27 Jimmy John’s* $895.0 $821.8 1,329 199
    48 Captain D’s $433.3 $832.0 519 -12
    7 Dunkin’ Donuts* $6,500.0 $850.0 7,015 115
    34 Checkers/Rally’s $669.0 $852.0 780 -18
    14 Arby’s $3,021.9 $854.0 3,437 -86
    8 Pizza Hut $5,500.0 $875.0 7,600 58
    47 Einstein Bros. Bagels $439.0 $884.0 534 40
    43 CiCi’s Pizza $516.0 $895.4 573 -21
    9 KFC $4,500.0 $940.0 4,780 -275
    42 Qdoba Mexican Grill $528.7 $961.0 583 58
    11 Sonic Drive-In $3,692.8 $1,037.0 3,561 -11
    46 Tim Hortons $473.0 $1,069.0 714 112
    19 Hardee’s $2,100.0 $1,100.0 1,921 3
    37 Del Taco $590.7 $1,100.0 532 10
    40 Boston Market $532.0 $1,102.0 481 -10
    50 Krystal* $404.9 $1,121.0 357 -7
    20 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen* $1,720.0 $1,133.8 1,627 58
    3 Starbucks*<sup>1</sup> $9,750.0 $1,140.0 10,821 -310
    25 Five Guys Burgers & Fries $950.6 $1,156.0 918 182
    21 Panda Express $1,570.8 $1,157.0 1,420 97
    5 Burger King* $8,400.0 $1,248.0 7,231 -33
    36 White Castle $631.7 $1,250.3 410 -5
    6 Taco Bell $7,000.0 $1,284.0 5,670 36
    15 Jack in the Box $2,946.3 $1,331.0 2,221 15
    22 Carl’s Jr. $1,500.0 $1,400.0 1,116 64
    38 El Pollo Loco* $545.0 $1,425.0 394 -18
    4 Wendy’s* $8,500.0 $1,456.0 6,594 18
    29 Zaxby’s $840.0 $1,597.2 540 26
    31 Bojangles’ $767.4 $1,600.1 506 21
    30 Steak ‘n Shake* $823.9 $1,650.0 491 4
    32 Culver’s $747.1 $1,712.9 444 20
    24 Whataburger $1,311.2 $1,801.0 728 11
    44 In-N-Out Burger* $498.5 $1,925.0 266 14
    17 Chipotle Mexican Grill<sup>2</sup> $2,270.0 $2,013.0 1,225 150
    39 Jason’s Deli $534.1 $2,200.0 233 12
    41 Krispy Kreme* $531.7 $2,290.0 234 5
    13 Panera Bread $3,400.0 $2,304.3 1,541 88
    1 McDonald’s $34,172.0 $2,500.0 14,098 71
    10 Chick-fil-A $4,051.0 $2,893.5 1,606 69