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Top 200

The Nation’s Restaurant News annual Top 200 census of foodservice brands, including the Top 100 and the Second 100, shows a return to growth for the nation’s largest restaurant chains, as aggregate sales rose and unit growth returned, albeit slightly.

The largest foodservice brands, those ranked Nos. 1-100, expanded in 2011, tallying $205.72 billion in U.S. systemwide sales — an increase of 4.47 percent from the previous year. The Second 100 class, those brands ranking Nos. 101-200, boasted total U.S. systemwide sales of $24.58 billion, an increase of 1.61 percent from the previous year.

Standouts were no surprise, with the like of Chipotle and Five Guys Burgers & Fries dominating growth tables in the Top 100 universe and emerging brands like Yard House, Jersey Mike’s and The Capital Grille taking top growth spots in the Second 100 dataset.

A brief look at the results is available online, and the full special reports are available in the June 25 issue (Top 100) and July 23 issue (Second 100) of Nation’s Restaurant News. Subscribe here.

Available now: Select sections of the Top 100 and Second 100 issues are available for sale in downloadable PDF formats. Purchase now.
Coming soon: Later this summer, NRN will publish the Top 200 DataFiles, a downloadable Excel datasheet breaking out the latest results.

2012 Top 100 Results

2012 Top 100 online exclusives

Baskin Robbins Top 10 chains and companies
Notable newcomers
A review of corporate M&A
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Meet the top 5 growth chains
Market share: Who took the biggest bite
Q&A with project director Alan J. Liddle


2012 Second 100 online exclusives

Second 100 The Second 100 top 10 chains and companies
Meet the Second 100 top 5 growth chains



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About the report

The Nation’s Restaurant News annual Top 100 special report identifies the largest restaurant chains and companies based on systemwide sales, corporate revenue, unit metrics and market share statistics. Now in its 39th edition, the NRN Top 100 is the industry’s most robust look at the largest players in foodservice, including three-year data sets for all qualifying entities, a look at corporate mergers and acquisitions that shift billions of dollars of revenue, and segment analysis covering casual dining, quick service, beverage-snack providers and family dining, among others.

The full special report is available only in the June 25th issue of Nation’s Restaurant News. Non-subscribers can subscribe here

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New for 2012 — The International Top 25

You know who the top players in the business are in the U.S.; now check out the top companies and brands from around the globe. This special report is a ranking of the 25 largest restaurant chains and companies, by worldwide sales, with headquarters outside of the U.S. and Canada. NRN partnered with business intelligence specialist Euromonitor International for this report, which is available in full only to Nation’s Restaurant News magazine subscribers in the August 20 issue. Non-subscribers can subscribe here.

Second 100

Here is just a small part of what you can expect in the full report:
Top 5 growth chains
Top 5 chains and companies by worldwide sales
Comparing worldwide sales
Top regional chains
Shedding light on the Eastern European restaurant market