Fast food restaurants are well-spread all around the globe. But what are exact numbers when we’re talking about some of the largest fast-food chains in the world?
Today, we’ll talk about some of the most popular fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Subway, KFC, and Wendy’s, the number of their locations, interesting facts, annual revenues, and more!
5 Interesting Fast Food Restaurant Statistics
- KFC has more than 22,621 restaurants in 150 countries.
- Pizza Hut has locations in 3,054 US cities.
- Chipotle has 39 international locations in only 4 countries.
- Subway is the largest fast-food chain in the world with 42,998 stores.
- Chick-fil-A is the king of the fast-food for 7 years in a row.
22 Fast Food Restaurant Statistics
1. America has 186,290 fast-food restaurants.
There is no official data that states how many fast-food restaurants are there in the world, however, according to Statista, America definitely has the most junk food locations. Besides, the US fast-food industry is definitely the biggest one in the world with a revenue of $278 billion in 2021.
2. American market covers 67 fast-food chains out of the top 100.
According to the research made by Statistics & Data, out of the top 100 fast-food chains in the world, the US market covers 67 of them. We can truly say that the US is a fast-food giant. China covers 7 fast-food chains, while UK and Canada cover 4 each.
Source: Statistics & Data
3. McDonald’s has more than 37,000 locations.
Globally, McDonald’s is the most popular fast-food chain. It has 37,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and on 6 continents. Talking about McDonald’s popularity, the restaurants sell 270,000 burgers per hour and such sales contribute to the company’s annual revenue of $22 billion.
4. In 2020, Yum! Brands had total revenue of $8 billion.
Yum! Brands is an American fast-food corporation that holds KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Habit Burger Grill. All the brands together made a revenue of $8 billion in 2020. This year, 2021, no doubt the revenue will be even higher due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
5. KFC has globally more than 22,621 restaurants.
According to the Analytic Steps, KFC has more than 22,621 restaurants and outlets in 150 countries. KFC is the fourth-biggest restaurant chain, right after Subway, Mcdonald’s, and Starbucks. The fun fact is that outside the US, KFC is the most popular fast-food chain in China.
Source: Analytic Steps
6. Taco Bell has more than 7,427 restaurants all around the globe.
Taco Bell is an American-based chain of fast-food restaurants and today, it has more than 7,427 restaurants in 31 countries. The restaurant is serving a variety of Mexican-inspired foods. Due to that, the company doesn’t have any store in Mexico because it simply isn’t necessary. The ones it did have were closed by 2010.
7. Weekly, Taco Bell has around 46 million customers.
Taco Bell is quite a popular meal destination, especially in the US. There, it has around 46 million customers every week. Globally, the brand is still in the growing phase with nearly 500 restaurants but it will definitely have more sales growth in the upcoming years.
8. Pizza Hut has locations in 3,054 US cities.
Pizza as a fast-food meal is quite popular in the US, however, it is also the main reason for overweight and obesity problems for 80% of people. Pizza Hut has 6,714 locations in the US and it is present in 3,054 cities there.
9. Texas has 882 locations of Pizza Hut.
According to ScrapeHero, Texas has the most Pizza Hut locations. With 882 locations, it has 13% of the total number of US stores. In the second place is California with 570 stores and in third place is Florida with 463 locations.
10. Only 4 US States and territories don’t have any Pizza Hut locations.
There are 4 states and territories that don’t have Pizza Hut restaurants. Those are the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. As we can see, all other states have a well-spread map of pizzas.
11. Chipotle has 2,580 domestic locations and 39 international ones.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is an American-based fast-food restaurant chain and it is well-spread all around the United States. There, it has 2,580 locations. Besides those, Chipotle also has 39 international locations but only in 4 countries – the UK, Canada, Germany, and France. So globally, it hasn’t really spread like other franchises such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and KFC.
12. Domino’s has more than 17,000 restaurants in 90 countries.
As we already mentioned, pizza is definitely amongst the most popular fast food but it is also the main reason for obesity for 80% of people. The most popular pizza franchise is definitely Domino’s. According to the research made by Investopedia, Domino’s has more than 17,000 restaurants in 90 countries.
13. Domino’s made over $16.1 billion in 2020.
In 2020, Domino’s had a great revenue. In the US only, the company earned nearly $8.3 billion, while internationally, over $7.8 billion. According to the company’s data and statistics, in the first quarter of 2021, Domino’s made nearly $2 billion in the USA and over $2 billion internationally.
14. Subway is the largest fast-food chain in the world.
There is often confusion when speaking of the largest fast-food chain in the world because most people have an impression that McDonald’s has such a title. However, Subway is the largest fast-food chain in the world. It has 42,998 stores in more than 112 countries. The US alone has 25,549 outlets.
15. Wendy’s has 6,866 restaurants in 29 countries.
According to the DMR, Wendy’s has 6,866 restaurants spread around the world. The popularity of the company jumped by 25% at the end of 2020. Then, Wendy’s had 12 million active loyalty users. No doubt this number grew even more during 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: DMR and Forbes
16. The US alone has 5,895 Wendy’s restaurants.
The USA is already known as the country with the biggest number of fast-food consumers. Besides, Wendy’s is an American-based fast-food restaurant so it isn’t surprising that America alone has 5,895 Wendy’s restaurants. Florida has the most Wendy’s – 401. In second place is Georgia with 279, while in third place is California with 262 Wendy’s restaurants.
Source: DMR and StatInvestor
17. Wendy’s had a huge revenue decrease in the last years.
DMR conducted research on Wendy’s revenue in 2020. The company made a revenue of $1.7 billion. This figure has decreased by almost one billion U.S. dollars in the last nine years. However, Wendy’s is the world’s third-largest quick-service hamburger company and it certainly hasn’t reached its peak yet.
18. Burger King has more than 2,962 new locations.
According to the DMR, Burger King has 18,700 restaurants. That is 75 more than it had in 2020, and 2,962 more than in 2016. Burger King is present in more than 100 countries around the globe and it has approximately $34 billion in annual system-wide sales.
Source: DMR and RBI
19. Burger King has more than 11 million customers daily.
Globally, more than 11 million people visit Burger King restaurants on a daily basis and over 2.4 billion hamburgers are sold each year. Burger King is the second-largest hamburger chain in the United States, right after McDonald’s.
Source: DMR and Britannica
20. Chick-fil-A is the king of fast food according to the customers.
American Customer Satisfaction Index showed that the king of fast food is Chick-fil-A. The company won this title for 7 years in a row. According to the association, McDonald’s is in the last place.
Source: American Customer Satisfaction Index
21. Chick-fil-A had an increase in revenue of $0.5 billion in 2020.
Despite the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on the world, the fast-food industry noticed a huge increase in popularity, orders, and revenue. Chick-fil-A recorded a revenue of $4.3 billion in 2020. That amount is an increase of $0.5 billion from the previous year, 2019.
22. In America alone, 84.8 million adults eat fast food every day.
To conclude the data about the fast-food restaurant statistics, the Barbecue Lab stated that a high percentage of 36.6% adults in America consume fast food on a daily basis. Such regular consumption leads to serious health problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart diseases.
To Wrap It Up
In this article, we covered all the important and interesting data about some of the most popular fast-food chains in the world. The fast-food industry has recorded huge growth in the last couple of years and due to that, we managed to collect all the important data there is about the specific fast-food chains, restaurants, stores, and outlets so you are familiar with all the numbers and statistics. There are definitely some interesting numbers and facts.