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Nation’s Top Restaurants by Bottom Line Revealed by NRN Proprietary Ranking

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Reviewing the top 25 list for largest restaurant chains, based on sales, you’d never know that 2016 turned out to be a hard financial year for traditional fast food burger joints. Each year, Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) compiles its ranking of the Top 100 Restaurants in America based on their bottom lines. This year’s listing, using 2016 data, has the heavy-hitting McDonald’s at the top of the list. Although that’s not surprising, what is, is the fact that it ranked tops by a comparable margin, quoted by NRN as being “larger than Starbuck, Subway, and Domino’s combined.” At $36.4 billion in sales for the last fiscal, that’s no surprise.

Nation’s Top Restaurants by Bottom Line Revealed by NRN Proprietary Ranking

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Sustained by big brands such as Domino’s and Starbucks, the beverage-snack component, and pizza slice (yes, pun intended,) of the market were two areas that witnessed growth. Following that, chicken also saw improvement in its overall market share, due in large part to Chick-fil-A, which according to NRN, “was the biggest mover among the 10 largest restaurant chains in terms of total sales.”

Nation’s Top Restaurants by Bottom Line Revealed by NRN Proprietary Ranking

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With respect to the top five ranking, the big boys in the industry ranged from McDonald’s in number one, to Starbucks at number two, followed closely by Subway, Taco Bell, and Burger King respectively. Four chicken chains were found in the top 10 fastest growing section, which was surprising, considering their competition included two pizza franchises, a casual dining experience, two limited service segments (sandwich and specialty), and beverage-snack industry kingpin, Starbucks. If you’re wondering if Whataburger ranks in this listing, or if any Texas-based chains cleared the bar, the full list can be found on the Nation’s Restaurant News website link provided here.

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Food & Wine Magazine

Nation’s Restaurant News

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