Chains in The Next 20 are tracked by NRN as part of its Top 200 research. Beginning this year, chains that were previously in the Top 100 or Second 100 may be included in The Next 20 if those chains have not been in the Top 200 in five years and have at least two consecutive years of growth in U.S. systemwide sales. This year, Next 20 chains booked U.S. systemwide sales below the $150.5 million threshold for this year’s Second 100 ranking.

Below is a breakdown of the major findings from this year's report. Visit the Next 20 homepage for the full report, including rankings and analysis.

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Full 2015 Next 20 report

2015 Top 100

2015 Second 100