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