Special Report | August 2013 | By Sam Oches

The QSR 50 Pizza/Pasta Segment

The top pizza and pasta 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 2012sort descendingNumber of Company Units in 2012Total Units in 2012Total Change in Units from 2011
18Pizza Hut$5,666.0$883.05,7574526,209156
213Domino's Pizza$3,500.0$710.24,5403884,92821
422Little Caesars*$1,684.0$465.03,1755503,725207
317Papa John's$2,402.4$829.02,4836483,131130
533Papa Murphy's$738.0$574.91,270591,32979
646CiCi's Pizza*$505.0$915.054010550-23
*Includes figures estimated by Technomic Inc.


Papa Murphy's is the brand with the biggest upside on this list. Strong performance, clear niche in the segment, and majority of growth still out in front of the company.

plus, papa murphy accepts food stamps, because it is uncooked food.

be more inclined to buy pie from a shop that pays their employees decently and provide health insurance, don't want a Hep-C Pizza from papa john!

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