Special Report | August 2013 | By Sam Oches

The QSR 50 Sandwich Segment

The top sandwich 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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Ranksort ascendingQSR 50 RankSegmentChain2012 Sales2012 Average Sales2012 Franchise Units2012 Company Units2012 Total Units2011 Unit Change
639sandwichJason's Deli$578.9$2,556.410114424510
532sandwichQuiznos*$838.0$345.02,34942,35350
425sandwichJimmy John's$1,262.8$878.81,534261,560229
315sandwichArby's$2,992.0$993.22,3431,0113,354-83
211sandwichPanera Bread$3,861.0$2,427.28438091,652111
12sandwichSubway*$12,100.0$481.025,549025,549956

*Includes figures estimated by Technomic Inc.