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    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 2014sort descendingNumber of Company Units in 2014Total Units in 2014Total Change in Units from 2013
    38White Castle$653.5$1,322.00391391-9
    14Chipotle*$4,049.1$2,472.001,7551,755183
    42In-n-Out Burger*$584.6$1,975.0030130110
    41Boston Market$602.0$1,314.03453456-4
    22Panda Express$2,246.4$1,366.0751,6331,708101
    40Jason's Deli$615.5$2,657.01061472535
    29Steak 'n Shake$955.8$1,800.01164145307
    23Whataburger$1,801.1$2,327.011865677416
    36Krispy Kreme*3$659.6$2,480.016711127824
    49Captain D's$499.9$978.4238273511-1
    32El Pollo Loco$723.0$1,700.024317241514
    37Del Taco$656.1$1,278.92433045470
    35Qdoba$669.4$1,070.032831063823
    50Einstein Bros. Bagels$496.0$670.036039875834
    28Bojangles'$1,033.2$1,774.036525461945
    33Checkers/Rally's*$717.2$908.047133180220
    27Culver's$1,035.7$2,015.7521752833
    48Jamba Juice*$512.7$684.05432638063
    25Zaxby's$1,257.5$2,030.054611466063
    43Moe's Southwest Grill$571.3$1,092.9576458053
    34Wingstop$678.8$1,073.06524169378
    26Five Guys$1,208.3$1,081.07853781,16345
    44Long John Silver's$555.1$681.18150815-75
    45Firehouse Subs$552.4$700.981832850128
    47Jersey Mike's Subs*$525.0$667.082334857144
    39Tim Hortons*$636.5$1,143.0881388425
    30Church's Chicken$861.3$737.59072611,168-36
    10Panera Bread$4,500.0$2,500.09559251,880103
    31Papa Murphy's$849.7$586.21,370911,46143
    19Jack in the Box$3,179.8$1,412.01,8194312,250-1
    8Chick-fil-A$5,782.2$3,064.21,837501,887112
    24Jimmy John's$1,756.7$898.82,071382,109307
    15Carl's Jr./Hardee's$3,569.7$1,330.02,1287852,91355
    18Arby's$3,200.0$983.02,2869403,226-43
    21Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen*$2,433.6$1,340.02,314652,379154
    46Baskin-Robbins*$544.0$220.02,47862,48417
    20Papa John's*$2,673.9$1,060.02,5646863,25043
    13Sonic Drive-In*$4,099.4$1,153.03,1283893,5170
    16Little Caesars*$3,231.9$815.03,4785474,025119
    11KFC2$4,200.0$960.04,1642064,370-121
    17Dairy Queen$3,210.0$1,268.14,51024,512-18
    12Domino's$4,100.0$809.24,6903775,06781
    2Starbucks*1$12,688.9$1,048.14,7697,33812,107650
    5Wendy's*$8,512.8$1,594.04,8958855,780-41
    6Taco Bell2$8,200.0$1,441.04,9959265,921152
    4Burger King*$8,640.1$1,210.07,090527,142-13
    9Pizza Hut2$5,500.0$843.07,3375267,86317
    7Dunkin' Donuts*$7,175.0$911.08,047358,082405
    1McDonald's$35,447.0$2,500.012,8361,51414,35072
    3Subway*$11,900.0$475.027,205027,205778

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