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18 biggest fast-food chains in the world

September 27, 2013 08:45 IST

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While there are many fast-food brands in the world, some companies have operations stretching across continents.

Let's have a look at some of the biggest fast-food chains in the world.

Source: Bloomberg Visual Data

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Image: An artfully poured latte rests on the counter at Starbucks's Roy Street Coffee and Tea in Seattle, Washington.
Photographs: Marcus Donner/Reuters

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Subway

Total stores: 37,016

Stores in the US: 25,000

Stores outside the US: 12,016

Stores in emerging markets: 2,987

Percentage of stores in the US: 68 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 32 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 1

Subway, one of the fastest-growing franchises in the world, has restaurants in 102 countries.

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Image: Subway founder Fred DeLuca in a branch in central London.
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Tags: US

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McDonald's

Total stores: 33,510

Stores in the US: 14,098

Stores outside the US: 19,412

Stores in emerging markets: 5,942

Percentage of stores in the US: 42 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 58 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 2

McDonald's has more restaurants outside the United States than inside the country.

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Image: Customers at a McDonald's restaurant in Moscow.
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

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Kentucky Fried Chicken

Total stores: 17,401

Stores in the US: 4,780

Stores outside the US: 12,621

Stores in emerging markets: 8,701

Percentage of stores in the US: 27 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 73 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 3

Kentucky Fried Chicken gets majority of its business from outside the America.

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Image: People dine at a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in Shanghai.
Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters

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Starbucks

Total stores: 17,243

Stores in the US: 10,821

Stores outside the US: 6,422

Stores in emerging markets: 2,074

Percentage of stores in the US: 63 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 37 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 4

Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world, has outlets in 62 countries.

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Image: Customers enjoy their drinks inside a Starbucks coffee shop in Fountain Valley, California.
Photographs: Mike Blake/Reuters
Tags: US , Starbucks

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Pizza Hut

Total stores: 13,782

Stores in the US: 7,600

Stores outside the US: 6,182

Stores in emerging markets: 2,820

Percentage of stores in the US: 55 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 45 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 5

Pizza Hut offers different styles of pizza along with side dishes, including salad, pasta, buffalo wings, breadsticks and garlic bread.

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Image: A Pizza Hut restaurant in Burbank, California.
Photographs: Fred Prouser/Reuters
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Burger King

Total stores: 12,512

Stores in the US: 7,212

Stores outside the US: 5,300

Stores in emerging markets: 1,470

Percentage of stores in the US: 58 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 42 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 6

Burger King, which was launched in 1953, has outlets in 73 countries.

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Image: Burger King restaurant at the Marignane airport hall in France.
Photographs: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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Dunkin' Donuts

Total stores: 10,083

Stores in the US: 7,015

Stores outside the US: 3,068

Stores in emerging markets: 1,354

Percentage of stores in the US: 70 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 30 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 7

Dunkin' Donuts, which was launched in 1950, has outlets in 32 countries.

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Image: A Dunkin' Donuts store in New Delhi.
Photographs: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

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Domino's Pizza

Total stores: 9,742

Stores in the US: 4,907

Stores outside the US: 4,835

Stores in emerging markets: 1,593

Percentage of stores in the US: 50 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 50 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 8

Domino's Pizza, which was launched in 1960, has outlets in 70 countries.

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Image: A Domino's Pizza restaurant in a shopping mall in central Beijing.
Photographs: David Gray/Reuters
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Baskin-Robbins

Total stores: 6,711

Stores in the US: 2,547

Stores outside the US: 4,254

Stores in emerging markets: 1,279

Percentage of stores in the US: 37 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 63 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 9

Baskin-Robbins, which was launched in 1945, has more than 1,000 ice cream flavors.

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Image: A view of Baskin-Robbins restaurant in southeast Hillsboro, Oregon.
Photographs: Steve Morgan/Wikipedia Commons

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Wendy's

Total stores: 6,594

Stores in the US: 5,900

Stores outside the US: 694

Stores in emerging markets: 186

Percentage of stores in the US: 89 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 11 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 10

Wendy's, which was launched in 1969, operates majority of its restaurants in the United States.

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Image: A Wendy's sign outside the fast food restaurant in New York City.
Photographs: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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Dairy Queen

Total stores: 6,000

Stores in the US: 4,800

Stores outside the US: 1,200

Stores in emerging markets: 931

Percentage of stores in the US: 80 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 20 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 11

Dairy Queen, which was launched in 1940, reported nearly $3 billion in revenue.

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Image: A Dairy Queen location in Moncton, Canada.
Photographs: Stu pendousmat/Wikipedia Commons

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Taco Bell

Total stores: 5,817

Stores in the US: 5,620

Stores outside the US: 197

Stores in emerging markets: 50

Percentage of stores in the US: 97 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 3 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 12

Taco Bell, which was launched in 1962, serves more than two billion customers each year.

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Image: A Taco Bell restaurant on Island Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Photographs: Tim Shaffer/Reuters
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Quizno's

Total stores: 4,000

Stores in the US: 3,440

Stores outside the US: 560

Stores in emerging markets: 116

Percentage of stores in the US: 86 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 14 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 13

Quizno's, which was launched in 1981, is the second-largest submarine sandwich shop chain in North America.

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Image: A Quizno's Subs restaurant in Denver, Colorado.
Photographs: Xnatedawgx/Wikipedia Commons

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Papa Johns

Total stores: 3,853

Stores in the US: 3,001

Stores outside the US: 852

Stores in emerging markets: 207

Percentage of stores in the US: 78 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 22 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 14

Papa Johns, which was launched in 1984, serves customers in 33 countries.

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Image: Papa Johns worker John Sidle makes pizzas in Washington, DC.
Photographs: Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters

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Popeyes

Total stores: 2,035

Stores in the US: 1,687

Stores outside the US: 348

Stores in emerging markets: 151

Percentage of stores in the US: 83 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 17 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 15

Popeyes, which was launched in 1972, serves customers in 23 countries.

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Image: A Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits in Houston, Texas.
Photographs: WhisperToMe/Wikipedia Commons
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Auntie Anne's

Total stores: 1,128

Stores in the US: 878

Stores outside the US: 250

Stores in emerging markets: 172

Percentage of stores in the US: 78 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 22 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 16

Auntie Anne's, which was launched in 1988, serves customers in 24 countries.

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Image: Auntie Anne's restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Photographs: John Phelan/Wikipedia Commons

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Haagen-Dazs

Total stores: 900

Stores in the US: 200

Stores outside the US: 700

Stores in emerging markets: 310

Percentage of stores in the US: 22 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 78 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 17

Haagen-Dazs, which was launched in 1961, began with only three ice cream flavors: vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

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Image: Haagen-Dazs's restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.
Photographs: Fuhghettaboutit/Wikipedia Commons
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Krispy Kreme

Total stores: 694

Stores in the US: 234

Stores outside the US: 460

Stores in emerging markets: 209

Percentage of stores in the US: 34 per cent

Percentage of stores outside the US: 66 per cent

Overall rank in stores: 18

Krispy Kreme, which was launched in 1937, posted nearly $400 million in revenue.


Image: Krispy Kreme store in Washington, DC.
Photographs: Mitch Dumke/Reuters

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