Special Report | August 2013 | By Sam Oches

The QSR 50 Mexican Segment

The top Mexican brands in quick service.

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 RankCompany/Chain Name2012 U.S. Systemwide Sales (Millions)2012 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Franchised Units in 2012Number of Company Units in 2012Total Units in 2012sort ascendingTotal Change in Units from 2011
548Moe's Southwest Grill$452.0$1,102.5478448243
337Del Taco$607.9$1,100.025329855119
438Qdoba Mexican Grill$583.2$966.031131662744
216Chipotle Mexican Grill$2,731.2$2,113.001,4101,410180
16Taco Bell$7,478.0$1,363.04,2181,0445,26225


taco casa is probably the best tex mex fast food i have had---a bit pricey but worth it!!!

I would suggest the manager getting together with Mexican Fast Food Headquarters and work on a some items to pioneer a NEW Vegan product line right in there and team up with the Loma Linda University School of Nutrition and Dietitics in Loma Linda, CA - The Blue Zone. How about have dieticians and corporate people come up with some items in accord with healthy MODERN NUTRITION:
1. Vegan Enchiladas (vegan cheese)
2. 100% (veggie meat) Tacos
3. All-vegetarian Mexican cassarole
4. Burittoes with only vegan cheese.
5. Total vegetarian Taco-SALAD
6. Spicy Vegan Tamales
7. All vegetarian Quesdilla with jalapenos
Vegetarianism is the nutrition of the future-for health, fitness, and longevity to those who know what animals meat does to the physiology of the brain and body.

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