Top 500 Restaurant Chains / USA

US Rankings Reshuffle

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Turbulent operating conditions throughout 2021 and 2020 ushered in a slew of ranking shifts among the US industry’s largest chains, according to the recently released 2022 Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report by Technomic.

According to the researchers, among top 100-ranked chains, Dutch Bros. Coffee and Tropical Smoothie Cafe have notched the largest ranking jumps since 2019, climbing a net total of 30 and 28 positions, respectively.

Dutch Bros. Coffee expanded its store footprint by 22% in 2021 reaching a total of 538 units (2021 US sales: $914 bn), following a 19% increase the prior year. The drive-thru coffee chain expects to continue store development in 2022, with plans to open 125 additional new units during the year.

First Watch registered the largest jump among full-service chains, rising 17 spots since 2019 to land at spot No. 67 in this year’s ranking. The breakfast chain has grown from 368 locations in 2019 to 435 by the end of 2021 with US sales reaching $751 bn.

The Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report is a measure of the largest restaurant concepts by US systemwide sales, based on results from the 2021 calendar year. Relevant information is accrued using a combination of public company financial filings, direct operator surveying, franchise disclosure documents and proprietary valuation algorithms. 


About Technomic
Technomic is a research and consulting firm producing in-depth research focused on the foodservice industry. The company provides insights into consumer, industry and menu trends in the U.S., Canada and 23 countries around the world.