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