2021 was a great year for the coffee/bakery restaurant segment, with all of the 10 biggest chains seeing an increase in systemwide sales — some as high as 55.7%.
In the annual Top 500 report, powered by Datassential, Nation’s Restaurant News breaks down the 500 biggest restaurant chains in the U.S. by systemwide sales, domestic units and average unit volumes. The full data also identifies chains by segment, so here we’ve broken out the 10 biggest coffee/bakery chains by U.S. systemwide sales, out of 24 that appear on the full list.
Following the worst of the pandemic, the segment came roaring back in 2021 as consumers returned to their offices and, therefore, their routines. Of the 24 total coffee bakery chains in the Top 500, only five saw systemwide sales decline last year.
Of the Top 10, only one chain differs from the 2020 list, with a growing brand swooping into the rankings at No. 8, replacing Daylight Donuts, which fell to No. 11.
Click through the gallery to see a countdown of the 10 biggest coffee/bakery restaurant chains in the U.S.