The QSR 50 Sandwich Segment

    The top sandwich brands in quick service.
    Special Report | August 2015

    The evolution of the limited-service restaurant industry continued in 2014, as traditional powerhouses faltered while fast casuals and other rising concepts asserted themselves as forces to be reckoned with. For the first time in the history of the QSR 50, a fast casual entered the top 10, as Panera Bread leapfrogged KFC to land a spot in the industry elite. Meanwhile, Subway ceded the No. 2 spot to Starbucks after an $800 million sales tumble, Chick-fil-A grew by $700 million to become larger than every pizza brand in the country, and Wingstop claimed the biggest jump of the year, with an 11-spot leap.

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    Rank QSR 50 Rank Company/Chain Name 2014 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions) 2014 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands) Number of Franchised Units in 2014 Number of Company Units in 2014 Total Units in 2014 Total Change in Units from 2013
    3 18 Arby's $3,200.0 $983.0 2,286 940 3,226 -43
    5 40 Jason's Deli $615.5 $2,657.0 106 147 253 5
    8 50 Einstein Bros. Bagels $496.0 $670.0 360 398 758 34
    2 10 Panera Bread $4,500.0 $2,500.0 955 925 1,880 103
    6 45 Firehouse Subs $552.4 $700.9 818 32 850 128
    7 47 Jersey Mike's Subs* $525.0 $667.0 823 34 857 144
    4 24 Jimmy John's $1,756.7 $898.8 2,071 38 2,109 307
    1 3 Subway* $11,900.0 $475.0 27,205 0 27,205 778
    *Includes figures estimated by Technomic Inc.