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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RankCompany/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
50Einstein Bros. Bagels$496.0$670.036039875834
49Captain D's$499.9$978.4238273511-1
48Jamba Juice*$512.7$684.05432638063
47Jersey Mike's Subs*$525.0$667.082334857144
46Baskin-Robbins*$544.0$220.02,47862,48417
45Firehouse Subs$552.4$700.981832850128
44Long John Silver's$555.1$681.18150815-75
43Moe's Southwest Grill$571.3$1,092.9576458053
42In-n-Out Burger*$584.6$1,975.0030130110
41Boston Market$602.0$1,314.03453456-4
40Jason's Deli$615.5$2,657.01061472535
39Tim Hortons*$636.5$1,143.0881388425
38White Castle$653.5$1,322.00391391-9
37Del Taco$656.1$1,278.92433045470
36Krispy Kreme*3$659.6$2,480.016711127824
35Qdoba$669.4$1,070.032831063823
34Wingstop$678.8$1,073.06524169378
33Checkers/Rally's*$717.2$908.047133180220
32El Pollo Loco$723.0$1,700.024317241514
31Papa Murphy's$849.7$586.21,370911,46143
30Church's Chicken$861.3$737.59072611,168-36
29Steak 'n Shake$955.8$1,800.01164145307
28Bojangles'$1,033.2$1,774.036525461945
27Culver's$1,035.7$2,015.7521752833
26Five Guys$1,208.3$1,081.07853781,16345
25Zaxby's$1,257.5$2,030.054611466063
24Jimmy John's$1,756.7$898.82,071382,109307
23Whataburger$1,801.1$2,327.011865677416
22Panda Express$2,246.4$1,366.0751,6331,708101
21Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen*$2,433.6$1,340.02,314652,379154
20Papa John's*$2,673.9$1,060.02,5646863,25043
19Jack in the Box$3,179.8$1,412.01,8194312,250-1
18Arby's$3,200.0$983.02,2869403,226-43
17Dairy Queen$3,210.0$1,268.14,51024,512-18
16Little Caesars*$3,231.9$815.03,4785474,025119
15Carl's Jr./Hardee's$3,569.7$1,330.02,1287852,91355
14Chipotle*$4,049.1$2,472.001,7551,755183
13Sonic Drive-In*$4,099.4$1,153.03,1283893,5170
12Domino's$4,100.0$809.24,6903775,06781
11KFC2$4,200.0$960.04,1642064,370-121
10Panera Bread$4,500.0$2,500.09559251,880103
9Pizza Hut2$5,500.0$843.07,3375267,86317
8Chick-fil-A$5,782.2$3,064.21,837501,887112
7Dunkin' Donuts*$7,175.0$911.08,047358,082405
6Taco Bell2$8,200.0$1,441.04,9959265,921152
5Wendy's*$8,512.8$1,594.04,8958855,780-41
4Burger King*$8,640.1$1,210.07,090527,142-13
3Subway*$11,900.0$475.027,205027,205778
2Starbucks*1$12,688.9$1,048.14,7697,33812,107650
1McDonald's$35,447.0$2,500.012,8361,51414,35072

*Includes figures estimated by Technomic Inc. 1Includes figures estimated by QSR 2 Average unit volume excludes licensed units 3 Sales include wholesale revenue