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    Top 50

  • There’s no other list like this one. The QSR 50 brings the biggest names in the quick-service and fast-casual industries together in an all out sprint to the finish. Their domestic sales would make companies like Nike, Whirlpool, and Progress Energy blush. And at the top of the heap again this year is McDonald’s with $31 billion in systemwide sales in 2009—more than double its closest competitor Subway. While the sandwich chain may have more stores, it’s McDonald’s that leads the chart thanks to its solid AUV of $2.35 million.

    But Subway’s No. 2 spot is nothing to scoff at. Just this year alone, the company added more than 1,000 new locations around the world, crossed the milestone of 33,000 locations, and premiered its new breakfast menu at about 25,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.

    Rounding out the top five spots are industry giants Burger King, who is still working through franchisee issues, Wendy’s, whose new breakfast menu is set to roll out nationwide soon, and Starbucks, whose revamped loyalty program is paying off in a big way.

    Below are the top 50 companies shaping our industry. How does yours stack up?

    2010
    Rank
    Chain Segment U.S.
    Systemwide
    Sales ’09
    (millions)

    U.S.

    Average
    Annual Sales
    Per Unit ’09
    (Thousands)

    Franchised/
    Licensed
    Units ’09
    Company-
    Owned
    Units ’09
    Total
    Units ’09
    1 McDonald’s burger $31,000.00 $2,350.00 12,402 1,578 13,980
    2 Subway* sandwich $10,000.00 $445.00 23,034 0 23,034
    3 Burger King burger, $9,000.00 $1,240.00 6,333 917 7,250
    4 Wendy’s* burger $8,388.00 $1,422.00 4,622 1,255 5,877
    5 Starbucks Coffee* snack $8,347.20 $952.00 4,364 6,764 11,128
    6 Taco Bell2 mexican $6,800.00 $1,229.00 4,308 1,296 5,604
    7 Dunkin’ Donuts* snack $5,700.00 $820.00 6,566 0 6,566
    8 Pizza Hut2 pizza/pasta $5,000.00 $786.00 6,917 649 7,566
    9 KFC2 chicken $4,900.00 $960.00 4,307 855 5,162
    10 Sonic burger $3,837.40 $1,093.00 3,069 475 3,544
    11 Arby’s* sandwich $3,228.80 $897.00 2,427 1,169 3,596
    12 Chick-fil-A* chicken $3,217.00 $2,095.00 205 1,275 1,480
    13 Jack in the Box burger $3,072.10 $1,420.00 1,022 1,190 2,212
    14 Domino’s* pizza/pasta $3,030.80 $598.00 4,456 481 4,937
    15 Panera Bread* sandwich $2,796.50 $2,081.00 719 585 1,304
    16 Dairy Queen* burger $2,640.00 $530.00 4,469 71 4,540
    17 Papa John’s pizza/pasta $2,057.00 $755.00 2,193 588 2,781
    18 Quiznos Subs* sandwich $1,776.50 $415.00 4,200 3 4,203
    19 Hardee’s* burger $1,660.00 $1,002.00 1,430 475 1,905
    20 Popeyes* chicken $1,597.00 $1,057.50 1,539 37 1,576
    21 Chipotle mexican $1,500.00 $1,728.00 0 956 956
    22 Carl’s Jr.* burger $1,370.00 $1,438.00 802 422 1,224
    23 Panda Express asian $1,245.00 $1,023.00 24 1,265 1,289
    24 Whataburger burger $1,178.90 $1,679.00 173 529 702
    25 Little Caesars* pizza/pasta $1,130.00 $450.00 2,000 600 2,600
    26 Church’s Chicken* chicken $835.00 $680.00 975 287 1,262
    27 Steak 'n Shake* burger $753.80 $1,500.00 73 412 485
    28 Zaxby’s chicken $718.00 $1,581.00 406 86 492
    29 Long John
    Silver’s*2
    seafood $700.00 $660.00 989 0 989
    30 Checkers/Rally’s burger $663.50 $814.00 498 323 821
    31 Bojangles’ chicken $659.50 $1,556.40 296 163 459
    32 Culver’s burger $656.00 $1,630.00 404 9 413
    33 Papa Murphy’s pizza/pasta $630.00 $560.20 1,136 35 1,171
    34 Jimmy John’s* sandwich $602.00 $688.30 948 21 969
    35 El Pollo Loco chicken $582.00 $1,600.00 243 172 415
    36 Baskin-Robbins* snack $570.00 $218.00 2,597 0 2,597
    37 Del Taco mexican $568.00 $1,100.00 231 287 518
    38 CiCi’s Pizza pizza/pasta $563.60 $909.00 609 16 625
    39 Boston Market* chicken $545.00 $1,020.00 0 520 520
    40 White Castle burger $544.40 $1,304.60 0 418 418
    41 Sbarro* pizza/pasta $517.10 $645.00 300 485 785
    42 Five Guys Burgers
    & Fries
    burger $499.00 $1,100.00 457 91 548
    43 Jason’s Deli sandwich $471.60 $2,194.00 94 121 215
    44 Captain D’s seafood $461.20 $839.00 263 286 549
    45 In-N-Out Burger* burger $457.00 $1,950.00 0 239 239
    46 Qdoba mexican $434.80 $905.00 353 157 510
    47 Cold Stone
    Creamery
    snack $429.90 $325.00 1,163 35 1,198
    48 Krystal burger $413.80 $1,078.00 147 237 384
    49 Tim Hortons1 snack $410.00 $957.00 558 5 563
    50 Einstein Bros.
    Bagels*
    sandwich $378.40 $874.00 182 350 532

    * includes figures estimated by Technomic, Inc.
    1 systemwide figure from franchised stores only
    2 systemwide sales includes license sales
    3 stores open 1 year or longer
    4 includes Philippines
    5 U.S. & Canadian