The QSR 50

  • The top 50 brands in quick service and fast casual.

    The quick-service restaurant industry continues to evolve, and that’s no more evident than in the QSR 50. Last year, Panera Bread inched closer to the top 10, while fellow fast casual Chipotle padded its sales by nearly half a billion dollars to climb to spot No. 15. Chick-fil-A put more space between it and competitor KFC, while Starbucks used a product diversification strategy to gain ground on No. 2 brand Subway. Meanwhile, McAlister’s Deli entered the top 50 for the first time, Zaxby’s crossed the billion-dollar threshold, and McDonald’s struggled to find consistency as the growing demand for premium products threatened to steal market share. Dig deep into the data driving the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries with this year’s QSR 50.

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    RankCompany/Chain Name2013 U.S. Systemwide Sales (Millions)2013 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Franchised Units in 2013Number of Company Units in 2013Total Units in 2013sort ascendingTotal Change in Units from 2012
    42Jason's Deli$588.0$2,399.81061422486
    34Krispy Kreme *$626.0$2,565.01559424910
    44In-N-Out Burger *$558.2$1,955.0029129111
    50McAlister's Deli$459.0$1,511.4275463219
    36White Castle$612.4$1,268.20400400-6
    37El Pollo Loco *$604.0$1,500.02371654025
    39Boston Market$600.9$1,298.004604609
    28Culver's$905.6$1,875.4487849523
    29Steak 'n Shake$895.0$1,750.010341551822
    49Captain D's *$477.5$920.02432785214
    48Moe's Southwest Grill$498.2$1,007.0524452845
    35Del Taco$622.5$1,136.3247300547-4
    27Bojangles'$925.2$1,727.834922557438
    45Wingstop *$540.2$974.05692459360
    26Zaxby's$1,073.4$1,845.44979959630
    40Qdoba Mexican Grill$592.6$1,017.0317296613-12
    23Whataburger$1,588.4$2,096.012563375818
    32Checkers/Rally's$723.4$930.44493337826
    47Jamba Juice$500.0$737.053526880329
    43Einstein Bros. Bagels 2$573.0$895.039245985154
    41Tim Hortons *$589.5$1,125.0857285955
    33Long John Silver's$663.0$745.08900890-21
    25Five Guys Burgers & Fries *$1,138.2$1,027.08053151,12060
    30Church's Chicken$855.4$713.79462581,204-4
    31Papa Murphy's *$779.7$577.01,327691,39667
    38Quiznos *$601.0$360.01,40041,404-531
    22Panda Express $1,989.9$1,285.0601,5261,58672
    15Chipotle Mexican Grill *$3,169.0$2,169.001,5951,595185
    9Chick-fil-A$5,052.6$2,846.51,713621,77592
    11Panera Bread$4,284.0$2,465.09108671,777125
    24Jimmy John's$1,466.7$878.81,774281,802242
    21Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen$2,179.7$1,298.02,172532,225126
    16Jack in the Box 1$3,108.5$1,380.91,7864652,2511
    46Baskin-Robbins 1$513.0$207.92,46072,4674
    14Carl's Jr./Hardee's$3,400.0$1,310.01,9648942,85831
    20Papa John's$2,494.8$837.02,5426653,20776
    17Arby's$3,032.0$921.02,3139563,269-30
    12 (tie)Sonic Drive-In$3,800.0$1,109.03,1263963,522-34
    18Little Caesars *$3,025.0$800.03,3105803,890217
    10KFC$4,300.0$942.04,2852064,491-127
    19Dairy Queen *$2,985.0$659.04,52734,530-2
    12 (tie)Domino's Pizza$3,800.0$762.14,5963904,98658
    6Taco Bell$7,800.0$1,406.04,8788915,76974
    4Wendy's *$8,787.0$1,510.04,7451,0465,791-26
    5Burger King *$8,502.5$1,200.07,103527,155-28
    7Dunkin' Donuts$6,700.0$872.77,648297,677371
    8Pizza Hut$5,700.0$861.07,3554917,84690
    3Starbucks *$11,723.0$1,310.04,4087,04911,457329
    1McDonald's$35,856.3$2,500.012,7391,53914,278121
    2Subway *$12,735.0$490.026,427026,427878
    *Includes figures estimated by Technomic Inc. 1Includes figures estimated by QSR 2Franchised unit count includes licensed units