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The 5 largest restaurant chains: McDonald’s loses first place

Although fast food chains are often criticized by health professionals, the fast food industry continues to grow. Fast food is still popular, especially in the United States.

The turnover of the entire fast food industry is likely to climb from US $ 191 billion in 2013 to over US $ 210 billion in 2018 in the USA alone, predict statisticians.

But while restaurant operators such as McDonald's are already struggling with the first signs of saturation in western markets, the boom in fast food in emerging countries such as India and China has only just begun. Reason enough to take a closer look at the industry. These are the 5 largest restaurant chains in the world.

5. Pizza Hut (Restaurants: 15,605)

Pizza Hat is almost on par with Burger King (restaurants: 14,372) in terms of the number of restaurants it operates. Unlike Burger King, Pizza Hut specializes in selling pizzas. The restaurant chain was originally founded in 1958 in Wichita / Kansas and now operates from its headquarters in Dallas.

Today Pizza Hut operates more than 15,000 branches in over 100 countries worldwide, including over 70 branches in Germany. Like Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell (KFC), Pizza Hut is part of the YUM! Brands Group, which is also listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

4. Kentucky Fried Chicken (Restaurants: 19,420)

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) specializes in selling chicken dishes. The company was founded in 1930 by Harland D. Sanders and since then chicken dishes have been freshly prepared on site using the original Sanders recipe. In 1952, distribution followed in the franchise model, with Sanders earning 5 cents license fee for each chicken sold.

In the decades that followed, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) expanded worldwide and now operates more than 19,000 fast food restaurants in 120 countries.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is now also represented in Germany with more than 100 restaurants, with this number expected to rise to over 200 in the short to medium term. Like Pizza Hut, KFC has been part of the YUM since 2002! Brands Group that operates more than 41,000 fast food restaurants worldwide.

3. Starbucks (Restaurants: 21,366)

The American Starbucks is one of the most successful restaurant chains in the world. In 1971 college friends Gerald Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl opened the first Starbucks coffee shop in Seattle. Today, Starbucks is considered the largest coffee house in the world with more than 21,000 stores in 64 countries around the world, even ahead of rival Costa Cofee.

Starbucks not only offers different types of coffee in its restaurants, but also muffins and sandwiches. The Group's brands also include Teavana, Tazo, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, La Boulange and Ethos.

2. McDonald`s (restaurants: 36,252)

For a long time, McDonald's was at the top of the largest fast food chains. The restaurant chain founded in 1940 and based in Oak Brook / USA lost this status to Subway in 2011.

Nevertheless, McDonald's is still number one in terms of sales. The success on the stock exchange is also impressive - 300,000% profit for investors since the IPO. Most recently, McDonald`s operated more than 36,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. McDonald's has around 69 million visitors every day.

After declining visitor numbers in recent years, a new concept should bring about the turning point. McDonald`s wants to streamline its menu offer, the new McDonald`s boss Steve Easterbrook wants to convert the fast food chain into a modern burger company. Several hundred McDonald's restaurants are to be closed for this purpose.

1. Subway (Restaurants: 42,761)

Subway has been at the top of the world's largest restaurant chains since 2011. In contrast to McDonald's, Subway does not focus on burgers, but primarily on sandwiches, salads and wraps, which are freshly prepared within sight of the guest. The first Subway restaurant was founded by Fred De Luca and Peter Buck in the USA in 1965.

Today the Milford / Connecticut-based fast food chain with over 400,000 employees operates over 42,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. According to the company, 265,000 sandwiches are prepared every hour.

In Germany, in particular, Subway has been expanding in recent years, where the fast-food chain is now flying its flag with 600 restaurants, most of which are operated by franchise partners.

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