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    The QSR 50

  • An inside look at the top 50 brands in quick service and fast casual.

    Fast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels. That trend continued in 2015; Panera and Chipotle each padded their sales, with the latter leap-frogging both Sonic and KFC in the rankings. (Of course, Chipotle’s food-safety woes struck at the end of 2015, a sales hit that will likely be reflected in next year’s QSR 50). Elsewhere in fast casual, a pair of sandwich chains—Jersey Mike’s and Firehouse Subs—continued their incredible momentum up the list, while Wingstop similarly managed to jump multiple spots in the rankings.

    Meanwhile, legacy quick-service chains were a mixed bag in 2015. McDonald’s finally found its footing after years of disappointing sales returns, and Taco Bell managed to jump Wendy’s and solidify a spot in the QSR 50’s top five. But KFC ceded more ground in the chicken wars, slipping to spot No. 14 overall—only six spots and just over $1 billion in sales ahead of Popeyes, which enjoyed a major boost in 2015.

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    Ranksort descendingCompany2015 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)2015 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Franchised Units in 2015Number of Company Units in 2015Total Units in 2015Total Change in Units from 2014
    4Burger King*$9,530.0$1,337.47,074527,126-16
    5Taco Bell$8,820.2$1,460.05,2278946,121170
    7Dunkin' Donuts*$7,620.0$903.88,392398,431349
    9Pizza Hut$5,703.8$725.07,3115117,822-109
    10Panera Bread$4,900.0$2,500.01,0719011,97292
    11Domino's Pizza$4,800.0$900.04,8163845,200133
    15Carl's Jr./Hardee's$3,661.3$1,248.72,6732852,95845
    17Dairy Queen*$3,532.0$783.04,50924,511-1
    18Little Caesars*1$3,453.2$815.03,6266114,237212
    19Jack in the Box$3,395.5$1,510.01,8364132,249-1
    20Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen$3,100.0$1,458.52,469702,539160
    21Papa John's$2,882.9$892.82,6817073,38848
    22Panda Express$2,550.1$1,487.0851,7051,79061
    23Jimmy John's Sandwiches$1,978.6$877.12,354512,405296
    26Five Guys$1,319.5$1,123.08134021,21552
    29Steak n Shake$1,032.4$1,866.914441756116
    30Papa Murphy's$880.4$623.51,3691271,49635
    31Church's Chicken$838.0$729.08812501,131-37
    34Qdoba Mexican Eats$753.7$1,169.033932266123
    35El Pollo Loco$753.4$1,798.024718643318
    36Krispy Kreme*$708.1$1,835.618111629719
    37Del Taco$700.2$1,376.6247297544-3
    38Tim Hortons*2$695.7$1,143.088138840
    39White Castle$691.3$1,408.7039039010
    40Jersey Mike's Subs*$675.0$645.31,006401,046189
    41Firehouse Subs$648.5$726.09133294595
    42Jason's Deli$643.6$2,664.01061542607
    43Moe's Southwest Grill$638.1$1,163.0633563857
    44Boston Market$617.9$1,364.054534582
    45In-N-Out Burger*1$613.2$1,959.2031331312
    47McAlister's Deli$547.7$1,634.53184336124
    48Captain D's$531.7$1,024.0238272510-1
    49Auntie Anne's*$529.2$500.11,238141,25259
    50Jamba Juice*$524.5$641.27487081812

    * Includes figures estimated by QSR
    1 Numbers are projected by QSR based on past performance
    2 Includes 2014 unit counts