Special Report | August 2015

The QSR 50

The top 50 brands in quick service and fast casual.

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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Ranksort ascendingCompany/Chain Name2014 U.S. Systemwide Sales (Millions)2014 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Franchised Units in 2014Number of Company Units in 2014Total Units in 2014Total Change in Units from 2013
1McDonald's$35,447.0$2,500.012,8361,51414,35072
2Starbucks * 1$12,688.9$1,048.14,7697,33812,107650
3Subway *$11,900.0$475.027,205027,205778
4Burger King *$8,640.1$1,210.07,090527,142-13
5Wendy's *$8,512.8$1,594.04,8958855,780-41
6Taco Bell 2$8,200.0$1,441.04,9959265,921152
7Dunkin' Donuts *$7,175.0$911.08,047358,082405
8Chick-fil-A$5,782.2$3,064.21,837501,887112
9Pizza Hut 2$5,500.0$843.07,3375267,86317
10Panera Bread$4,500.0$2,500.09559251,880103
11KFC 2$4,200.0$960.04,1642064,370-121
12Domino's$4,100.0$809.24,6903775,06781
13Sonic Drive-In *$4,099.4$1,153.03,1283893,5170
14Chipotle *$4,049.1$2,472.001,7551,755183
15Carl's Jr./Hardee's$3,569.7$1,330.02,1287852,91355
16Little Caesars *$3,231.9$815.03,4785474,025119
17Dairy Queen$3,210.0$1,268.14,51024,512-18
18Arby's$3,200.0$983.02,2869403,226-43
19Jack in the Box$3,179.8$1,412.01,8194312,250-1
20Papa John's *$2,673.9$1,060.02,5646863,25043
21Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen *$2,433.6$1,340.02,314652,379154
22Panda Express$2,246.4$1,366.0751,6331,708101
23Whataburger$1,801.1$2,327.011865677416
24Jimmy John's$1,756.7$898.82,071382,109307
25Zaxby's$1,257.5$2,030.054611466063
26Five Guys$1,208.3$1,081.07853781,16345
27Culver's$1,035.7$2,015.7521752833
28Bojangles'$1,033.2$1,774.036525461945
29Steak 'n Shake$955.8$1,800.01164145307
30Church's Chicken$861.3$737.59072611,168-36
31Papa Murphy's$849.7$586.21,370911,46143
32El Pollo Loco$723.0$1,700.024317241514
33Checkers/Rally's *$717.2$908.047133180220
34Wingstop$678.8$1,073.06524169378
35Qdoba$669.4$1,070.032831063823
36Krispy Kreme * 3$659.6$2,480.016711127824
37Del Taco$656.1$1,278.92433045470
38White Castle$653.5$1,322.00391391-9
39Tim Hortons *$636.5$1,143.0881388425
40Jason's Deli$615.5$2,657.01061472535
41Boston Market$602.0$1,314.03453456-4
42In-n-Out Burger *$584.6$1,975.0030130110
43Moe's Southwest Grill$571.3$1,092.9576458053
44Long John Silver's$555.1$681.18150815-75
45Firehouse Subs$552.4$700.981832850128
46Baskin-Robbins *$544.0$220.02,47862,48417
47Jersey Mike's Subs *$525.0$667.082334857144
48Jamba Juice *$512.7$684.05432638063
49Captain D's$499.9$978.4238273511-1
50Einstein Bros. Bagels$496.0$670.036039875834
*Includes figures estimated by Technomic Inc. 1Includes figures estimated by QSR 2 Average unit volume excludes licensed units 3 Sales include wholesale revenue