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The 20 Most Successful Fast Food Chains Of All Time In America

1) McDonald’s   

116McDonald’s is undoubtedly America’s number one fast-food chain. Its popularity has refused to die down with time and it has even survived and thrived during the economic recession. It has also managed to remain as one of the world’s top franchises and has also released plans for upgrading its restaurants and revamping its menu in the future.

2) Starbucks  

214There is no denying the fact that Starbucks is the world’s leading coffee chain, and has also dominated the industry in the United States as well. It has also released details of its 5 year plan, in which it was announced that Starbucks plans to grow in the Asia-Pacific and China region as well. It has also launched its mobile payment plan, which makes it more convenient for customers to make payments.

3) Subway   

312There may be a lot of controversy surrounding Subway as a brand, but the fast-food chain has remained as one of the leading sandwich in the United States and in the world. The company has continued to grow by leaps and bounds and has expanded all throughout the globe. The chain has also started making its menu a lot more health conscious, in order to attract customers.

4) Burger King          

413There is no fast-food chain that has developed more in recent years than Burger King. They have grown the most in the past 5 years, which is all down to their complete overhaul of the manufacturing and operations process. The fast-food chain has also expanded internationally and has updated a lot of its operational equipment as well.

5) Wendy’s    

513Wendy’s remains as one of America’s most popular and most successful fast-food chains and has embraced a completely new strategy when it comes to targeting millenials in general. The fast-food chain has also recently unveiled a healthier menu with items that will attract new customers. One of the main reasons why Wendy is so popular with customers is down to the fact that they have a very active digital media presence.

6) Taco Bell  

611Taco Bell is another fast-food chain that is highly popular amongst the masses and it has continued to grow by leaps and bounds. The company has recently launched a new mobile ordering app and has introduced a new restaurant, whilst also introducing promotional contests to generate buzz in the industry.

7) Dunkin Donuts   

710Dunkin Donuts is a long-time favorite of Americans and the fast-food chain has expanded massively in the past year. There are further plans of expansion, with the CEO announcing that nearly 200 new locations are scheduled to be opened in California alone in the next 5 years. There is also good news on the international growth of the chain as well.

8) Chick-Fil-A

88Chick-fil-A is extremely successful due to its popular breakfast menu, and the planned expansion of the franchise has seen its continued success last year. The company is now planning to open multiple franchises in the Northeast and will manage to remain as one of the most successful franchises in America.

   9) Pizza Hut   

96Pizza Hut may have fallen down the pecking order, but is still in the top 10 of the most successful fast-food chains of all time in America. The company conducted a huge brand revamp last year in order to attract millenials, but it hasn’t received the response it had anticipated.

10) Panera Bread 

106Panera Bread is a fast-food chain that has seriously improved in the last year. The company has rolled out its new mobile app and has also altered operational procedures in its store in the last year.

11) KFC   

117Another fast-food giant, KFC has definitely shown improvement, especially in the international markets where it has overhauled its marketing campaigns. It has managed to improve its reputation, after it was severely tarnished due to the food safety scares, which sees it fall outside of the top 10.

12) Domino’s    

122Domino’s is one of America’s most loved fast-food chains and it is no surprise that it is one of the country’s most successful ones as well. It has recently upgraded its marketing campaigns and has gotten lots of good reviews in the last year.

The company has opened in several new locations around the world and has also added new items, whilst modifying several existing ones as well in order to increase sales.

13) Sonic Drive-In     

132Sonic announced last year that it has plans to open 1,000 new locations over the coming decade. There are lots of Americans that love the fast-food franchise and keep coming back due to its unique and convenient ordering system.

14) Chipotle      

14Chipotle is famous for its fresh ingredients and the company has only recently overtaken Subway in America’s healthy fast-food of choice. There are lots of people who obsess over the fast-food chain.

15) Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s 

15Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are well known for their racy and proactive advertising campaigns, which attract a lot of attention, particularly from millenials.

16) Little Caesar’s     

161Little Caesar’s has received the best ranking from Sandelman & Associates due to its ‘affordability and value’ when compared to over 148 fast-food chains. It has also been receiving the top scores from its customers due to its delicious food menu.

17) Dairy Queen  

171The company has recently opened several new franchises and now has over 7,000 locations around the world. It has recently released a new line of oven-baked sandwiches, which Subway has accused vigorously, and claims that the company has ripped of their products.

18) Arby’s  

181Arby’s has continued to flourish in America and has grown successfully over the past few years by keeping its menu consistent and by investing heavily in customer service training.

The company has made a conscious decision to differentiate themselves in the marketplace and it has seen their continued success.

19) Jack In The Box 

191Jack in the Box is a fast-food chain that is well-known for their breakfast all day offers. This is something that most fast-food chains are unable to do, and that is why the company has been so successful. Jack in the Box also increased its sale by capitalizing on the late-night snackers.

20) Papa John’s 

20Papa John’s has managed to be extremely successful despite the rising food prices. The brand has also recently partnered with influential athletes and celebrities, such as Peyton Manning, which has seen its continued success.



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